Neville: Blues don't need new players
Thursday 08 April 2010
Phil Neville believes Everton's recent form shows they do not need to add to their squad this summer. After the Toffees were hampered by a lengthy injury list at the start of the season, their fortunes have improved as the campaign has gone on and they have lost just twice in the Premier League since the end of November.
That sequence – which has seen them mount a late challenge for Europe – has included victories over the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City, and Neville feels Everton's current squad is good enough to compete with anyone.
"The reality is that we can beat any team in this league with this set of players," Neville said. "Somebody asked me the other day, 'Who would you like to sign in the summer?'
"I told them that I'm not bothered bringing people in – I don't think we need to sign anyone."
Club captain Neville hopes the Toffees can take a clean bill of health into the 2010-11 campaign to avoid the kind of false start they endured this time out. At times the club had 11 first-teamers out, but Neville is hoping the vast majority of the squad will be fit and raring to go when pre-season training commences in July.
Dan Gosling will be sidelined after his serious knee injury, while Marouane Fellaini is also on the long way back from ankle problems."Having everybody fit going into the start of next season would be better," Neville continued. "If that's the case, then we can beat anyone on our day, we've proven that from Christmas onwards – that's what gives you hope and confidence, that's what will keep our supporters happy."
The Everton youngster Seamus Coleman has expressed his desire to extend his loan deal at Blackpool until the end of the season. Coleman scored his first senior goal at the weekend in the Seasiders' victory over Scunthorpe and the Irish defender is hoping to help his loan club win promotion to the top flight.
"We'll obviously see what Everton have to say but whatever both teams want I'd be happy with," he said. "I'd love to stay and help us get promoted but if I have to go back that's the way it is."
Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts
World's most lethal spider found under a bunch of bananas
I Am Bread could actually be a challenging and nuanced title
Footage shot by a passerby shows moment an ill man was carried out of his burning home
Peter Biaksangzuala died from his injuries in hospital on Sunday
Latest in Sport
'Adel Taarabt is about three stone overweight. I can't pick him' - Harry Redknapp
QPR vs Liverpool match report: Liverpool snatch victory in seven late minutes of madness
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce calm over lack of new contract
QPR vs Liverpool player ratings: Who was the star man? And did Mario Balotelli emerge with any credit?
Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Manchester United striker to glory
- 2 Ebola outbreak: What is bushmeat – and is it to blame for the disease that has killed thousands?
- 4 Meet Thea, Norway's 12-year-old child bride
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Sorry Judy Finnigan – Ched Evans is no less sickening than an alleyway rapist
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Workers 'could be forced to pay £5 a week' to get benefits
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'