Neville sees no need for signings

Phil Neville does not believe Everton need to sign anyone this

summer – because they can already “beat any team” in the Premier

League.

After being hampered by a lengthy injury list at the start of

the season, the Toffees’ 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 told Everton’s official website.

“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.

“Having everybody fit going into the start of next season

would be better,” continued Neville.

“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.”

Meanwhile, Everton youngster Seamus Coleman has expressed his

desire to extend his loan deal at Blackpool until the end of the

season.

Coleman netted 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 before

returning to Goodison Park.

“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 and I’ve just got to do whatever I’m

told.”