Antonio Conte swooped to make two new defensive additions before the transfer window closed and Nevin is now confident his former club can reclaim their place among Europe's elite at the first time of asking.
"Let me make this crystal clear, I reckon we should cruise into the top four this season with a fair wind behind us and no mad injury crises," he told the club's official website.
"You never get anything less than all-out application and desire from David, just what Antonio Conte demands and what he has got from everyone so far.
"He can play in every position in the back six. He can pass over distance as well as anyone at the club, with the exception of Cesc.
"He is a goal threat from set pieces, both corners and direct free-kicks."