By Alex Taylor

Pat Nevin believes that Everton are not far away from becoming a massive club once again in the Premier League.

The Toffees sacked Roberto Martinez at the end of this season after the Merseyside outfit were deemed to have greatly underachieved after finishing 1th in the Premier League for two consecutive seasons.

New manager Ronald Koeman enjoyed an impressive reign at St Mary’s Stadium before making the switch to the Blues this summer.

The combination of the experienced Dutch manager and new billionaire owner Farhad Moshiri is expected to be a winning combination.

“Expectations have been lowered over the last couple of years,” Nevin told the Liverpool Echo. “They’ve now got this huge new investment and plenty of good young players. It’s a brilliant situation for Koeman.

“Everton is just sitting there waiting to be turned into a massive club. It’s a big call from Koeman and it will be difficult to get into the top six but that’s where I hope and expect them to be within the next couple of years.”

The former Ajax manager is yet to make any new additions at Everton this summer and is believed to have made replacing the departed Tim Howard his highest priority.

Everton fans will be hoping for defensive stability from their new manager after Southampton scored exactly the same number of goals as Everton this season but conceded 14 fewer times throughout their campaign.

In other Everton news, Neil Warnock has urged the Toffees to make a bid for Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart this summer in a deal that could be worth a staggering £92million.