Neville hailed by Toffees assistant

Everton have failed to win in their opening five Premier League

games and are in need of a lift ahead of this weekend’s trip to

Fulham. Neville has not played since the first day defeat at

Blackburn due to a foot injury but the 33-year-old is now ready to

make his return. Round said: “I can’t speak highly enough of Phil.

“He is the guy that knits everything together – every team needs

one. “He leads not only on the field but off it and having him

around the place is fantastic for us. “He is not only an

exceptional player but his leadership and experience is first rate.

“He is a terrific leader and has been a big miss but Phil is now

fully fit and available. “I am sure it won’t be too long before we

see him back in the team and leading from the front.” David Moyes

is likely to make changes with Craven Cottage in mind but feels

several of his first-teamers could do with a confidence-boosting

run-out against the League One side. The Merseysiders will travel

to Griffin Park with a strong squad which could include midfield

talisman Tim Cahill if he passes a fitness test on a knee problem.

Summer signing Jermaine Beckford, still to score in the Premier

League, is in need of goals while fellow striker Yakubu is

returning to full fitness and should feature. Everton ended last

season with a run of just two defeats in 24 league matches and are

hoping victory tonight can spark another strong sequence. Round

said: “Over the course of this next day or two it is about picking

them up and getting them back at it. “We have got another important

game on Saturday. It is a matter of us, the players and the staff,

turning around and saying that wasn’t acceptable and now is the

time to put it right. “If you look at the table we are only two

games off the top six. “The way the league is at the moment

everyone is beating each other and there are a lot of draws. “We

are quite capable of going on a run like we have this calendar

year. “It is just getting to grips with it, getting that first win

and then putting a string of results together. “We are struggling

along but I am sure with the way the manager works and how he is

going to drive the players over the next few weeks, we will turn it

around.”