Seamus Coleman thinks Everton will need to go on yet another summer spending spree if the Toffees secure a place in Europe this season.
Saturday’s win at West Ham moved Everton to within a point of seventh place, which could earn a spot in the Europa League qualifiers this summer.
There has been much debate amongst Evertonians about the merits of European qualification, with some suggesting the current squad does not need the extra games while Marco Silva and Marcel Brands continue their rebuilding job.
Others point out that playing in Europe is a vital part of the team’s development, would boost the club’s profile and and help attract more players.
Should the Toffees sneak into Europe, then Coleman, as quoted by The Independent, has a message for Farhad Moshiri.
“If we did get into Europe, I think that would change the plans for the manager and the owner. You might need a few more players because it is quite demanding.
“It would be massive. At the start of the season we knew breaking into the top six would be difficult but we wanted to get that seventh place.
“Everton should be in Europe every season. We’ve finally got the financial backing that maybe we’ve been missing for quite a period of time.”
Two players high on Everton’s shortlist already wear royal blue – Andre Gomes and Kurt Zouma.
The duo were impressive at the London Stadium on Saturday and Coleman hopes their loans can be turned into permanent deals.
“It’s the owner and the manager’s decision but it would be great to hold on to the players we’ve got on loan.
“They’ve been great and their performances at certain points have been brilliant. If we were able to keep them that would be fantastic.”