Noel Whelan claims that Everton need an “absolute miracle” to win the League Cup after seeing Manchester City and Liverpool progress to the quarter-finals.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker says that the cup competition is a distraction for the Toffees and that Marco Silva’s men need to be focused on improving their form in the Premier League.

Everton progressed to the last eight of the League Cup with a 2-0 win over Watford, the draw pitting them against fellow Premier League side Leicester.

Despite being within three games of a trip to Wembley, Whelan says that there are only two teams in his eyes that will be lifting the trophy and that Everton need a serious stroke of luck if they are to get anywhere near cup glory.

Whelan told Football Insider: “They’re having a great cup run but is that going to be a good distraction from the league or a bad distraction? I’m not sure.

“First and foremost, their primary objective is the Premier League because they’re still sitting at the bottom of the league in the wrong position – or the right position because they’ve not produced. League tables do not lie.

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“They’ve got to get it right in the Premier League. The cup competitions is fine, are they going to win it? No they’re not, simple as. It’s a great distraction but they’re not going to beat a Liverpool, they’re not going to beat a Man City, they’re not going to beat a Man United.

“Let’s be honest, bar some absolute miracle that they get drawn against lower sides, and they’ve still got to go out there and do the job, I just don’t see anyone else being up there than Liverpool or Man City.”

Everton have beaten Lincoln City, Sheffield Wednesday and Watford to reach the last-eight of the cup, their three wins the same amount as they have picked up in the league this season.

Manchester City face a trip to Oxford United while Liverpool will take on Aston Villa for a place in the semi-finals.

In other Everton news, Whelan has blasted one Toffee amid a £60million transfer claim at Goodison Park.