Five to debut – Ruzomberok starting XI

Ronald Koeman is set to award five debuts as Everton play their first competitive fixture of the season against Slovakian side Ruzomberok. Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen, Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney are all set to debut, the latter for the second time, in the Europa League 3rd qualifying round at Goodison Park. With … Continue reading Five to debut – Ruzomberok starting XI

5 reasons why signing Rooney makes perfect sense

One: Wayne Rooney delivers goals - Before we totally write him off, let’s remember he is only 31 years old. Ronald Koeman has demanded productivity from his team and an Everton side with Wayne Rooney in it will be far more productive. Despite only starting 15 Premier League matches last season, Rooney played a part … Continue reading 5 reasons why signing Rooney makes perfect sense

The curious case of Gerard Deulofeu

Considered surplus to requirements at Goodison Park by both Roberto Martinez and Ronald Koeman, the career of Gerard Deulofeu has taken an unusual and unexpected twist. Barcelona, one of the biggest, if not the biggest club in the world have decided that although he has failed to establish himself at Everton, the 23 year old … Continue reading The curious case of Gerard Deulofeu

Keane set to sign – why it’s time to get excited

Everton have got a plan and one by one they are picking off their transfer targets with a ruthless efficiency. Pickford, Klaassen are signed and sealed, Keane and Sandro are all but complete and that is not to mention signings for the future, Henry Onyekuru and Nathangelo Markelo. By the time the majority of the … Continue reading Keane set to sign – why it’s time to get excited

Grit, determination but no shortage of flair

Everton have made a promising start under new management but Saturday's win over Stoke City provided a barometer of the progress made in the two months since Ronald Koeman was appointed. Winning by a single goal, coming under pressure from the opposition and playing in front of an expectant crowd, the Blues would probably have … Continue reading Grit, determination but no shortage of flair

Dutch courage – Koeman gets it right…eventually

It is never easy to admit you are wrong, but it took Ronald Koeman just 35 minutes to do just that at the Hawthorns on Saturday as the Dutch legend provided clear evidence that he isn't afraid to make quick, decisive and difficult decisions. James McCarthy was the unlucky man to fall foul of the … Continue reading Dutch courage – Koeman gets it right…eventually

Three at the back, high pressing and attacking tempo

A new era and a new Everton. Ronald Koeman played down expectations in his pre-match press conference but if the Dutchman can produce this level of improvement in so little time then we can soon look forward to challenging at the top end of the Premier League table. The difference in Everton's approach was clear … Continue reading Three at the back, high pressing and attacking tempo

Playing devils advocate – Roberto Martinez

When Martinez first arrived at Everton he set down certain expectations; a focus on youth and a single playing style across all age groups. Technical competence on the ball was a requirement of every player, goalkeepers included. A transformation from the direct high energy style of his predecessor to the more expansive possession based philosophy. … Continue reading Playing devils advocate – Roberto Martinez