Former Everton player Phil Neville has claimed that the best signing of last summer was manager Ronald Koeman.
The Dutchman has had an impressive first season at Goodison Park, which could end with the club in a European spot.
After overcoming last season’s champions Leicester City in an entertaining 4-2 victory on Sunday, Everton are now joint sixth with Arsenal.
Not only that, the result meant that the Merseyside outfit have equalled their record of seven successive wins at home.
Koeman had only just completed his second season in charge of Southampton when he made the move to Everton last June following the departure of Roberto Martinez.
Clearly, it was a good decision as the club sit seventh in the Premier League table, which is likely to become a qualification spot for the Europa League as the remaining domestic trophies are on course to be captured by clubs already in European places.
Neville, who spent eight years of his career playing for Everton after leaving Manchester United in 2005, believes that the Toffees pulled off a great coup to get Koeman last summer.
While speaking on Sky Sports’ live broadcast, the 40-year-old said:
“For me he is the signing of the summer, Ronald Koeman. Clubs will be sniffing around him and he has the confidence and experience to take Everton to the next level.”