Seamus Coleman

Coleman reckons Everton will need to invest if they make it into Europe

Seamus Coleman believes Everton would need to invest should they qualify for Europe next season.

Everton’s 2-0 win at West Ham on Saturday moved them to within one point of seventh-placed Wolves, a position which could secure Europa League football for next season.

Ireland international Coleman admits the club is targeting continental qualification, but believes the squad would need significant investment to cope with the demands of Europe.

“If we did get into Europe, I think that would change the plans for the manager and the owner,” he told the Independent.

“You might need a few more players because it is quite demanding.

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“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.”

“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.”

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