Everton's new central midfielder Gareth Barry is targeting Champions League qualification with the Toffees.
Upon signing for the club on a season-long loan yesterday from Manchester City, the experienced Barry believes he has already seen enough at the club to warrant a good season and challenge for a top four finish.
After adding James McCarthy and Romelu Lukaku to their squad as well on yesterday's dramatic deadline day, Barry fully believes the club can mount a challenge.
As reported on talkSPORT, the 32 year old said: “For Everton at the moment, a great season is to try and challenge for that fourth place.
“If I can help this squad get up there then that will be fantastic. Certainly that should be the target.”
Despite being an integral part of City's 2011-12 Premier League triumph, Barry has slipped down the pecking order at the Etihad in recent times and welcomed the move to Goodison Park.
Speaking of the move, Barry hailed the involvement of Toffees boss Roberto Martinez: “Speaking to the manager, he persuaded me straight away really.
“He spoke highly of myself, he spoke highly of the club and the players that are here. It didn’t take much deciding to realise I could settle in here.”
Barry's City contract is set to expire this summer and the former Aston Villa holding midfield player is already setting his sights on making the move a permanent fixture.
“That will happen if I can produce good performances this season and stay fit and put a good run of games together," Barry said.
“It is all down to me and impressing the club. I don’t see why [staying beyond my loan deal] can’t happen.”
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: https://gms.to/130seMa
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.