MAROUANE FELLAINI has urged the Goodison board to loosen the financial restraints and help Everton FC bridge the gap to the leading Premier League clubs.
David Moyes’s side saw their hopes of silverware dashed at the weekend when they lost their FA Cup derby semi-final 2-1 against Liverpool at Wembley.
Creative work in the transfer market has helped Moyes keep Everton punching about their weight.
But the Everton manager has yet claim a trophy during his decade-long tenure, and Fellaini fears that won’t change unless more cash is made available during the summer transfer window.
“Our Cup run has stopped but we can be satisfied with how far we got,” said the Belgium international.
“But I’d like us to be stronger and be more competitive than we have. I hope the chairman will be able to loosen the purse strings this summer.”
Of his own display at Wembley, Fellaini added: “My job at Everton is to win as many balls as possible and redistribute them with the least waste possible.
“From this viewpoint, I can be happy with my performance, but the disappointment eventually takes over and I maybe wasn’t as physically fresh during the game.”
Meanwhile, Leighton Baines admits Wembley defeat has made Everton even more determined to finish above Liverpool in the Premier League table.
Moyes’s men are currently a point and a place ahead of their neighbours with five games remaining.
And Baines said: “That's what we’ve got to focus on. We need something to focus on now and that will be it.
“It will take a few days to let the dust settle after this one, but then we’ll pick ourselves up and go again.”
Nikica Jelavic’s fifth goal in as many games had given Everton an early lead only for the strike to be wiped out by goals from Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll.
“If you give him chances, Nikica will score – he’s shown that,” added Baines. “But we didn't give him very many opportunities.
“We got a slice of fortune and he was Johnny on the spot for our goal, and he made a couple of chances for himself. But we didn’t really give him much to go off.”