By Nnamdi Onyeagwara

5th Aug, 2022 | 8:10pm

Gary Neville tips Everton to break the top six in a few years

Everton have been tipped to break into the Premier League top six in a few years by Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville, on the new episode of the Overlap.

The club endured an incredibly poor season last term, losing 55% of their matches, conceding 1.7 goals per game, and narrowly surviving relegation by the skin of their teeth.

However, the former Man United defender has claimed that the Toffees could break into the top six if they continue spending like they have been in recent years. [The Overlap]

Neville said: “Everton, if they get themselves sorted, it’s miles away from that in this moment in time.

“They can break into the top six in the next few years.

“If somehow they keep spending the hundreds of millions that they’ve been spending; if they spend it well, then who knows?”

Everton a future top-six club?

With the current situation the club finds itself in, and the current negativity surrounding the club, this sounds like a ludicrous prediction to make.

The Toffees’ ambition for next season will be to stay in the Premier League, never mind throwing punches with the division’s best and challenging for Europe.

They have suffered from several big money transfers failing to deliver and appear to have approached this summer window with a more conservative and money-saving strategy.

However, the potential of the Merseyside club being in the Premier League’s top six or as Jamie Carragher labeled it, making the division a ‘top eight’, may not be beyond the realms of possibility.

If some of their past blockbuster signings become successes and/or are sold for healthy profits instead of running down their contracts and subsequently leaving on free transfers, we could be looking at a different Everton.

If £27m Cenk Tosun becomes a reliable goalscorer in 2018, if £26m Yannick Bolasie stays fit and wows the Goodison Park with his flair and audacious skills, if £24m Davy Klaasen becomes the creative and influential attacking midfielder he was predicted to be, then Everton’s fortunes could be very different.

They will need to rebuild the squad and rebuild the connection with its fans, and this should be the priority for the club going forward.

However, get a few signings right, and with a little bit of luck on the way, Gary Neville’s prediction could not be far from the truth.

In other Everton news, the club are reportedly eyeing a move for Portuguese midfielder, Xeca.