Ridiculous to put top-four pressure on Everton, says Koeman

Taylor Byrd
September 24, 2017

Niasse scored his first goal for the club during their 3-0 Carabao Cup win over Sunderland this week. Neither Sunderland nor Brighton offer the kind of test that helps a side gauge what they should be aspiring towards in the coming weeks.

Both Bournemouth and Everton have had a disappointing start to the season and sit down 19th and 19th in the table respectively.

Defeat for either club would put them well and truly back into the mire.

In the absence of more established names, the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Nikola Vlasic and Jonjoe Kenny all showed that they have something to offer in the three-game run at Goodison over the next week.

As well as the likes of Jordan Pickford and Gylfi Sigurdsson being poised to come back in, Wayne Rooney is set to make his first appearance since pleading guilty to drink-driving.

Manager Ronald Koeman said on Thursday that though Seamus Coleman and Yannick Bolasie were making good progress and have been training with the squad at Finch Farm, they are not expected back before November.

After spending over €152 million on new signings during the close-season, Everton have been struggling under the weight of increased expectations and this was a vital three points for the under-fire Koeman.

However, Everton have won 10 of their last 12 Premier League home fixtures. Before the game, though, if you had offered us a draw away at the Etihad, it would have been considered a very good point.

Ex-Everton midfielder Dan Gosling could be the player to miss out if Howe chooses to persevere with the new system.

Keane missed the Bournemouth match with a foot injury, while after the game Koeman expressed hope he'll return for next weekend.

Ronald Koeman: "The first step was yesterday".

Calvert-Lewin was denied a flawless hat trick after a diving header rebounded off the post, while Tom Davies assisted Oumar Niasse to cap a good night for strikers looking to send a message to Koeman. That is this Saturday. You have key moments during the season and this was a big win that will give everyone a boost.

"I've only seen it live but Simon had his eyes on the ball and when you jump that high you need leverage and his arms are high", he said.

Everton have met Bournemouth eight times in all competitions, winning all four home games and six matches overall.

- Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) September 23, 2017So this just happened to Wayne Rooney and Martin Atkinson let play carry on while he was on the floor. But, hopefully, it was a start.

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