Everton transfers: Phil Jagielka doesn’t expect any January arrivals
Everton transfers: Phil Jagielka doesn't expect any January signings but is backing David Moyes to get the best out of squad
Phil Jagielka does not believe Everton are likely to strengthen their squad in the January transfer window, but is backing David Moyes to get the best out of his players as the Toffees pursue a top-four finish.
Moyes’ men are currently in sixth place in the Premier League table, three points behind third-placed Chelsea following an impressive run which includes a victory over Manchester United and draws against Arsenal and Manchester City.
And Jagielka is confident that Moyes can lead the Merseysiders into the Champions League even without any new arrivals in the winter window.
“Whether we are underestimated or not, we have still not got a very big squad,” Jagielka told the Sun. “We don’t have that many options on the bench.
“Maybe that is why people are not talking us up but it doesn’t bother us. The squad isn’t going to get much bigger, so it will be all down to how the manager manages us.”
With Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham all inconsistent this term, Everton and West Bromwich Albion have taken turns in occupying the final Champions League spot.
The England defender envisages a close battle as the season reaches its conclusion, but the former Sheffield United star is happy that Everton have given themselves a fighting chance with an impressive start to the campaign.
“It is going to be quite wide open,” he added. “The last few seasons, the Premier League has gone a little bit crazy, with teams finishing almost anywhere.
“The title has been between two or three teams but the Champions League is there for anyone. Tottenham have done it, Newcastle had a crack at it [last season, before finishing in the Europa League].
“We have only got to look back at the last two seasons to see how we have started. We haven’t given ourselves a chance.
“We aren’t favourites to finish fourth by any stretch of the imagination but at least we are in the mix. It’s no good if you are having to claw back a 20-point gap at Christmas.”