Toffees star is setting new goals

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Everton full back Leighton Baines says the club must take it up a notch next season after an encouraging domestic season at Goodison Park.

David Moyes' men finished seventh in the Premier League and reached the FA Cup 5th Round before being knocked out by Reading.

A carbon-copy season next time out will not please player of the year Baines, who is setting his sights on a push for Europe.

“It is important not to think ‘that is enough’ and stand still because once you stand still you are effectively going backwards as other people are improving as well,” he told the club’s official website," he said.

“I just want to keep on improving really, that is the most important thing and I have been lucky enough to do that over the last few seasons.

“I will go away, enjoy my break, come back and look at ways to improve – whether it be discussing my game with the coaching staff here or something that I am already aware of.

Baines played every minute for Everton in the Premier League last season and chipped in with 11 assists and seven goals from left back. The England man is delighted to be able to contribute in any way he can.

“For me, getting the assists is probably more important than scoring the goals because it is an important part of my game to help the team by doing those sorts of things," he said.

“I was really pleased with my return for assists. I think it was pretty much the same last season as the one before. As I have said before, a goal or an assist is all the same to me because it is a goal or an assist for the team, so I will take either.”

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