Neville aiming for the top four
Everton captain Phil Neville has revealed that European qualification must be the club's minimum goal this season.
The Toffees have already shed their tag as perennial slow starters after sealing back-to-back victories against Manchester United and Aston Villa, and following those successes Neville admits their confidence couldn't be higher.
David Moyes has already spoken of his desire to add a couple of extra bodies to his squad before the close of the transfer window on Friday, and those potential moves could be key to the Merseysiders' chances of realising their ambitions, as they are a little light on numbers.
Neville said "If we can keep everyone fit, we can be challenging for European football.
"That's what we want, European football - Champions League or Europa League, we're not bothered.
"That's massively difficult though. Those that spend the massive amounts of money come through right at the end. After 10 games, we'll know better where we are. But confidence is high, we're playing with bags of energy."
The Goodison Park outfit haven't qualified for the Champions League since finishing fourth in 2005, and while the Everton skipper is keen to play down expectations, he does concede that a settled pre-season campaign has really helped their prospects.
Moyes did part company with the ageing Tim Cahill and rising star Jack Rodwell, but that was offset by the signings of Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith and the permanent return of Steven Pienaar from Tottenham.
Neville added: "It's only happened once before in my time at the club that we've had such a settled time in pre-season.
"The manager was relaxed and so were the players. We've taken off from where we left off at the end of last season."
Pienaar was on the scoresheet along with Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic in this weekend's 3-1 victory over Villa which extended Everton's unbeaten record in the Premier League to 11 games.