EVERTON midfielder Steven Pienaar hopes the club will be able to make a greater investment in players to enable them challenge for a top four spot.
The Toffees have finished in the top 10 six times in the last eight seasons but only once – in 2005 – did they make it into the top four.
Manager David Moyes has never had as much to spend on his squad as many of his top-flight rivals but Pienaar hopes that will be able to change in the future.
“I think the quality is here at the club,” said the 28-year-old.
“The only problem, like everyone seems to know, is the money issue – we need more players.
“Hopefully that will change in the next few years and the team can go on to challenge.”
As a result of recent struggles there has been speculation that David Moyes had taken the club as far as he could.
However, Pienaar – whose own future at the club is less certain as he has yet to sign an extension to his contract – believes the Scot can go on to achieve greater things in management.
“I think he’s a workaholic, he works around the clock, and I think he deserves the two Manager of the Year awards he got,” he explained.
“I think there is a lot more he will achieve and I think he will become one of the best managers in the world – I’ve never seen a coach work as hard as him.”
On his own situation Pienaar said: “I’ve not enjoyed my football more than this before.”