The arrival of Ronald Koeman as Everton boss has been labelled the start of a new era for the Merseyside club. Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri showed he meant business by prising the Dutch boss away from Southampton.
He is also set to back the new Toffees boss with a transfer kitty of around £100million this summer to improve what is already a decent squad on the blue half of Merseyside.
Everton are suddenly being talked about as potential suitors for a number of players and linked with players that would never have been talked about as potential Everton signings in the past.
Koeman needs time assess his squad
With a number of his squad away on international duty with various nations, Koeman will need time to assess his squad options at Goodison Park. The Dutchman is unlikely to splurge a load of money before he even knows where it needs spending.
The 53-year-old will know that the team needs a new goalkeeper following the departure of stalwart Tim Howard and the not so convincing form of Spanish ‘keeper Joel Robles, who was considered a better option than Howard in the American’s last few months at the club.
Koeman may also dip into the market for a new centre-back if England international John Stones leaves and also a new striker, regardless of whether self-proclaimed superstar Romelu Lukaku leaves this summer or not.
The Toffees other striking options of Arouna Kone and Oumar Niasse are highly-vulnerable to being replaced this summer. Kone has struggled to establish himself, as he could not oust Lukaku from the central striking birth and a rather uncomfortable move to the left-flank provided occasion success.
Kone was very much a Roberto Martinez favourite and the signing of Niasse may just sum-up Martinez’s reign. The Senegal striker signed for the Toffees for £13.5million from Lokomotiv Moscow at the end of the winter transfer window and has been seen less than the Invisible Man.
Niasse has made just seven appearances for Everton, with just two of those starts. He arrived as a player reportedly scouted by the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United. However he has struggled to adapt, maybe Koeman can get something out of him, like touching the ball would be a start.
Linked with a number of big money moves
Since Ronald Koeman has arrived at the club, the Toffees have been linked with a number of big money moves, mostly in the midfield area. The likes of Alex Witsel, Juan Mata, Wesley Sneijder and the latest one Morgan Schneiderlin have all been linked with moves to Everton.
I suspect before the Toffees make many big moves in the transfer market Koeman will sit down with the likes of Stones and Lukaku and gauge if they have a future at the club. If not then he is likely have a far bigger transfer kitty available to strength his team, but two big holes to fill-in.
All four players linked with moves to Everton this summer are no doubt quality and it is obviously the Toffees are now shopping in a different market than in previous summers. I suspect that Everton will be a very different team next season, both personnel wise and performance wise.
Koeman will get more out of the Everton players next season
Everybody knows that Everton under achieved under Martinez for the last two seasons. When he joined the club they had just finished sixth. In his first season he improved on that by finishing fifth, but the last two seasons have been poor with 11th place finishes.
Ronald Koeman came in and steadied a rather wobbly ship at Southampton after half their squad left. He may actually have better foundations at Everton to build upon than he did when he arrived at Southampton.
Everton fans cannot wait to see what the team can achieve under a manager who is not completely bereft of any organisational skills. Koeman may not need to conduct a complete overhaul of his squad this summer, as a number of his players seemed unmotivated last season under the hapless Martinez.
The Toffees are currently odds of 12/1 to finish in the top four, which is probably a step too far, but a place in the top six would not be an unrealistic prospect with a few quality signings and Koeman’s organisational skills.
The future is bright, the future is Oranje at Goodison Park and Everton fans have never been so united in the fact that the club has the right man at the helm and that the team will move forward next season.
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