In-form striker Romelu Lukaku believes qualifying for the Champions League this season is a realistic prospect for the Toffees, according to BBC Sport.
The Belgian, who has 13 goals to his name in the Premier League this season, currently resides with his Everton teammates in 10th but remains confident of a high finish despite a topsy-turvy start.
"We want to do well in the League Cup and FA Cup but the Champions League spot is the main goal," he said.
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"It is very realistic when you see the results in the league."
Lukaku recognised the emergence of the lower teams in the Premier League as exciting despite the added competition for top places.
"The teams that you don't expect to be up there are getting stronger so it is a really exciting time," he continued.
Lukaku’s personal form may well be cause for optimism, especially given the fruitful partnership he's formed with Gerard Deulofeu, but it's the Toffees' leaky defence that is proving an issue.
Recent matches have seen Roberto Martinez's side dominate the likes of Crystal Palace, Norwich City and Bournemouth yet they've walked away with just three points.
Martinez insists his side are showing consistency which is undeniably true given their eight draws this season, but such 'consistency' has seen them throw away points vital to a top four bid.
Everton can take feint consolation from the fact they continue to dominate games and look dangerous going forward - it's merely a case of improving defensively and seeing out games that will prove their European potential.
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