Louis Saha is hoping that, come May next year, Everton will have some newly-acquired - and long-awaited - silverware to adorn the trophy cabinet at Goodison, although the French striker has a more pertinent short-term ambition...to stay injury-free.

The former Fulham and Manchester United striker has been one of the unluckiest players in the Barclays Premier League when it comes to setbacks, and if anyone deserves an injury-free run it’s him.

When fully fit and firing, Saha is amongst the best in the business and the 32-year-old made a scoring return for the Toffees during a weekend victory over Birmingham, having been sidelined for four months with an ankle injury. .

Saha was given 30 minutes by David Moyes against the Blues and, although he did rather fortuitously find the net, the forward was just pleased to finally get a run out after a lengthy absence.

"It was really good to be back," he told evertontv. "I am like a kid when I get back out on the pitch. I enjoy everything about playing, the banter, the fans. The older you get, the more you realise that.

 

"I was just glad the goal went in. It is good to have competition. We are looking to push ourselves and if someone is doing well there are others looking to win that place."


 

Should Saha remain fit for the majority of the new campaign - starting on August 13 - Everton's chances of a successful season will be seriously enhanced as a result.

And the former Manchester United man believes Moyes' current crop are capable of achieving something next term - with winning a trophy a main focus for Everton.

"Ambition is the main thing; we all want to win things and improve," he added. "A trophy is what we are looking for. We want to have a good run in the FA cup and Europe is a target as well. There is a desire here and all the players share that."

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