Unbeaten in their first two English Premier League games of the 2016-2017 season under the guidance of Ronald Koeman, who has worked with patience and intelligence to bolster the club’s squad, Everton seem to be a much improved team from the one which Roberto Martinez led during the last two seasons.
Whilst each of those ended with Everton finishing 11th in the English Premier League, the Toffees are undoubtedly well prepared to perform better this campaign, given the depth and quality of their pool of players, who Koeman is engineering into an excellent team, as indicated by their fine early season form.
After producing an extremely strong home performance against Tottenham, whereby they played a controlled but high octane pressing game, to earn a 1-1 draw, Koeman’s side secured their first win of the season by recovering from a goal down to defeat West Brom 2-1 at the Hawthorns.
Influential in that fight back was Romelu Lukaku, as after being introduced by Koeman as a 38th minute substitute the 6ft 3in Belgium international added a powerful dimension to Everton’s attack, which was previously being contained with ease by West Brom.
Therefore taking into consideration Lukaku’s importance to Everton, Koeman’s revelation that the 23-year-old former Chelsea striker will remain with the club for at least one more season, as reported by the BBC, represents another positive for the Dutchman, in his efforts to develop an excellent side capable of re-establishing the club as a top six English Premier League team.
A major aspect of those efforts have involved Koeman signing several quality players in order to both strengthen the spine of Everton’s team and the club’s squad in general. As well as recruiting the goalkeeper Maarten Sketelenburg, centre-back Ashley Williams and Idrissa Gueye, who is a combative holding midfielder, Koeman has added the mercurially talented winger Yannick Bolasie to his squad, with the DR Congolese internationalist being signed from Crystal Palace for £25m.
As such by signing such quality players, Koeman has greatly enhanced Everton’s prospects of enjoying a successful 2016-2017 season, which they have begun in an extremely positive manner by accumulating four points from the opening two English Premier League games.
Ultimately much hard work lies ahead of Koeman and his players in order to ensure they remain a permanent feature in the upper echelons of this season’s English Premier League but they can without question be optimistic of achieving that.
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