Captain praises David Moyes' handling of player
Beckford, 26, who joined the Toffees on a free in the summer, has struggled to find his scoring boots at Goodison Park but Neville insists he has seen enough in training to know the striker has got what it takes to be successful in the Premier League.
“He’s got something special and he’s got that knack of being in the right place at the right time,” he told BBC Radio Merseyside.
“He’s got something you can’t practice; you’re just born with it.
“He’s got a goalscorer’s instinct and he’ll score goals for us, I’m sure of that.”
Beckford has spent a lot of time on the substitute’s bench as he comes to terms with life in the top division but showed with his goal against Chelsea that he can score against the bigger clubs in the country.
Neville also praised manager David Moyes for the way he has handled Beckford’s development.
He added: "The manager is giving him time and he's coming off the bench and at the moment he's proving a real threat for us.
"When you come off the bench and create two or three chances every time you play it's going to come good for you."