Ronald Koeman says that he is looking at bringing in three or four new players this month as he continues the process of reshaping his Everton team.
The Blues have already acquired Maarten Stekelenburg from Fulham, Idrissa Gueye from Aston Villa and Ashley Williams from Swansea City since the Dutchman came on board to replace Roberto Martinez but continue to work on other targets ahead of the transfer deadline.
Though there is likely to be one out-going player this month in the form of Oumar Niasse, Koeman insists that Phil Jagielka will not be leaving the Blues despite interest from former Blues boss David Moyes at Sunderland.
The Scot reportedly wants to make the Everton skipper a makeweight in the proposed transfer of Lamina Koné but Koeman told the media at his pre-match press conference this morning that he wants four senior centre-halves on the books.
Williams has already been brought on board and the club are trying to get a deal over the line for Kone following the sale this week of John Stones to Manchester City.
"I knew about the situation with Stones for a long time. That's okay. It was his wish that if the club got right offer [he could leave] and the club has accepted that offer,” Koeman said in what was a candid press conference. "What we had to do was get a new player in his position and that's Ashley Williams.
"Ashley will bring leadership, experience and he knows the Premier League.
“Phil Jagielka is the captain of the team. We don't have too many centre backs. We need four so there is no way he can leave the Club.
"Romelu Lukaku is still an Everton player and we want to keep our best players.”
Speculation is rife concerning potential Everton targets, with a deal for Yannick Bolasie thought to be close, negotiations underway regarding Koné and fresh reports of interest in Spanish midfielder Juan Mata.
Koeman wouldn't be drawn on specific names but he outlined his hopes to further add to the team.
"We will do business for three or four more players,” he explained. “I don't comment on rumours [but] we have had discussions with the board and with Steve Walsh, and we want three or four more players.”
That will likely include an addition to the forward line after Koeman confirmed that Niasse is not a part of his plans.
The Senegalese striker arrived in a £13.5m deal on transfer deadline day at the start of February, the third-highest fee paid for a player by the club to date but has struggled to justify that massive price tag.
“Niasse, in my opinion, is not what we need for the future in that position,” Koeman said, “but good luck to the boy.”
After a season-long loan move to Galatasaray collapsed, Niasse has been linked with clubs in Germany, Portugal and elsewhere in England but nothing concrete has yet emerged in terms of a deal for the 26-year-old former Lokomotiv Moscow man.
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1 Posted 11/08/2016 at 14:55:36
2 Posted 11/08/2016 at 15:05:27
3 Posted 11/08/2016 at 15:08:53
4 Posted 11/08/2016 at 15:10:20
Is Stekelenburg really up to being no1? Does Koeman have someone in mind who just isn't available at the moment? Is he maybe seeing is Robles can improve?
A top class keeper can make such difference.
5 Posted 11/08/2016 at 15:12:07
6 Posted 11/08/2016 at 15:17:37
After Kone (or another CB) and Bolasie, we still need a keeper, a strike partner/cover for Rom, a footballing central mid to replace Barry whos 107 and also a player to open up a defence in the final third similar to Mata, Mahrez, Ozil, Payet etc. (A no.10 basically. Might also give Ross a kick in the arse to stay in games and be fit enough to play for 90 mins.)
7 Posted 11/08/2016 at 15:19:52
My guess would be CB (Kone), AMC (Mata, Sigurdsson or Ziyech), left sided attacker (Bolasie) and then the fourth would either be a goalkeeper or a striker if the right person becomes available. I think we need a backup for Lukaku more desperately than we need a keeper, at least in the short term.
So far Koeman/Walsh/Moshiri have spent well which gives me confidence that the next 3-4 will really strengthen the team in key areas. Fingers crossed.
8 Posted 11/08/2016 at 15:20:20
9 Posted 11/08/2016 at 15:26:06
I am going to enjoy listening to Koeman all season as I actually trust him.
10 Posted 11/08/2016 at 15:31:23
A confident, commanding, screeching gobshite of a goalkeeper with Vito Corleone levels of concentration and organisation would have been my number one transfer wish, as it as been for about five years now. The single most important position on the pitch in my opinion. Thing is, I can't think of many out there at the moment who would meet the criteria I have in mind (which is basically Southall minus the muzzy and arl scruff chic).
It's looking very much like a case of going with what we've got.
Robles does have ability but the defence don't seem to find him a reassuring presence to play in front of and he, like many modern keepers, seems to struggle to maintain focus for a full ninety minutes. Stekelenburg, who I expect will get the nod over Robles, probably brings with him a bit more authority due to experience, but neither would by my idea of an Everton No1.
11 Posted 11/08/2016 at 15:36:06
12 Posted 11/08/2016 at 15:45:01
13 Posted 11/08/2016 at 15:48:09
He needs to stop waving his arms about and play for the obscene money he's being paid.
We all know he can be brilliant.
14 Posted 11/08/2016 at 15:50:05
15 Posted 11/08/2016 at 15:50:17
He's getting in the beef and then it's on to the guile.
16 Posted 11/08/2016 at 15:53:35
18 Posted 11/08/2016 at 15:59:07
I'm sure Mirallas isn't too pleased to see more competition for his left side of midfield either. I've a feeling RK is going to make Stekelenburg his No 1 for now. Reading wiki he seems to have done well for Holland and he is very tall at 6'6''.
19 Posted 11/08/2016 at 16:01:11
a) not sure he did really, he only played 28 games, 12 goals.
b) Nobody/Martinez. Same thing really.
20 Posted 11/08/2016 at 16:01:30
If you were contemplating selling Phil Jagielka would you announce it in your presser? I wouldn't. I would say we need him in the hope that his suitors lift their offer.
I don't recall him saying too much about John Stones leaving. Of course. Why would he?
As a supporter I think all you can do is judge the team that is built (or being built). Anything else is just words.
21 Posted 11/08/2016 at 16:02:21
I think he'll go with Stekelenburg and Robles for this season and will bring a strong keeper in next summer.
23 Posted 11/08/2016 at 16:04:10
Would be even more made up if Koeman wasn't including Bolasie and Kone in those 3/4 extra players he wants and we could get in Ziyech and a top notch goalkeeper too!
24 Posted 11/08/2016 at 16:06:42
Going on the news this week you'd have to go for Lamine Kone, Bolasie, Bony and the fourth being between Mata and a goalie.
The team will be physically stronger than its ever been with the likes of Williams, Kone, Jags, Barry, Barkley, Lukaku and maybe Bony.
The line-up for Saturday concerns me though. Coleman and Lukaku doubts. Possible team without them:
26 Posted 11/08/2016 at 16:09:07
Nobody trusts either Robles or Stekelenburg. to be an improvement on Tim Howard.
27 Posted 11/08/2016 at 16:10:17
This "Dutch honesty" will be slated if results don't go his way...
29 Posted 11/08/2016 at 16:12:32
If Rom. is out then I won't be that bothered. Better to have him 100% rather than risk further injury given that we only have Kone as back-up.
However, it may be that Big K has a different strategy than what RM had, in that not playing an out and out target man may be a good option on occasions when you have quick guys like Delboy, Mirallas and Lennon.
The key will be the form of Barks and how quickly Gueye slots in.
Spurs will be tough on any day so let's not expect a goal fest.
Niasse hasn't really been given any chance to prove himself but maybe he hasn't done himself any favours in training matches.
Similar situation to Traore ? (remember him, one game, one goal)
30 Posted 11/08/2016 at 16:14:43
He said it how it is, we're 70% fit, (we know he's not just blaming the Euros for that). I think he seems shocked at just how much our players are unfit due to poor training sessions under our previous manager.
Yes he's had them in training for a few weeks now, but if he all of a sudden drastically increased the training in an effort to increase the fitness, in such a short time scale they would dropping like flies through injury.
He said they will be upto 100% in 3 weeks, yet won't expect them to play like that in the mean time. That'll do me. No excuses just honesty.
31 Posted 11/08/2016 at 16:21:37
32 Posted 11/08/2016 at 16:30:58
A. Kone is not really what the club needs, but can do a job (in a form of capacity). Yet he's not saying good luck to Kone! yet.
33 Posted 11/08/2016 at 16:37:04
34 Posted 11/08/2016 at 16:37:15
He clearly doesn't rate him, and was asked about it; as would be expected when a high profile
signing is drummed out after such a short time; and Koeman answered accordingly. To say anything like you suggest would have made everyone look stupid.
35 Posted 11/08/2016 at 16:47:04
36 Posted 11/08/2016 at 16:48:54
Saying players he has trained for five weeks are only 70% fit is bullshit. Using Martinez's fitness regime as an excuse didn't cut with me. I played football long enough to know it doesn't take a supposed athlete five weeks to get 100% fit. Football is the same what ever level it is, if you're not fit it's down to the player as well as the coach.
'Awaits criticism from Koeman supporters' 😋
38 Posted 11/08/2016 at 17:00:27
43 Posted 11/08/2016 at 17:17:31
44 Posted 11/08/2016 at 17:44:26
Stekelenberg, Baines, Jags, Mori, Davies, Mirallis, Gueye, Barry, Barkley, Lennon, Delboy
46 Posted 11/08/2016 at 17:49:07
With regards to the comments about 70% fit I made before, from what Koeman said. A large part of any athletes fitness training is for conditioning. This takes a lot longer than 5 weeks to change from what they've been doing for the previous 3 years. If you rush any changes, then you'll get injuries.
47 Posted 11/08/2016 at 17:56:26
Green, immaculately trimmed and striped pitches, new kits and bare arms across heads to shield the sun all point to a false start. Where others hope, our wives and partners hide the razor blades and take our ties.
This is August. This is Everton.
48 Posted 11/08/2016 at 18:11:56
Love your closing remarks.
Evertonians in August are like Polar Bears in spring emerging from hibernation, devoid of a decent kip.
Hungry and grumpy!
We have somehow evolved to survive the privations.
We rapidly accustom our dreamy expectations to the less than bountiful reality.
We hear Z-Cars!
We GROWL !
It's really about time that we stopped hibernating !
49 Posted 11/08/2016 at 18:23:44
52 Posted 11/08/2016 at 18:50:49
As to the goalkeeper, I think RK is waiting till January, to see what happens with Joe Hart. Until then, the Flying Dutchman will have to hold the fort!
54 Posted 11/08/2016 at 19:08:45
Still I hope that Roberto will be proven right that Tom Cleverley is the "most sensational free transfers you are going to see in Premier League history.”
Unlikely but not a closed case like Niassco
57 Posted 11/08/2016 at 19:20:54
If Martinez was still in charge now and had bought; a midfielder that lets be honest most of us didn't even know before we bought him, Fulham's reserve goalie and to be fair a good solid centre half who is aged 32 most of us would be furious, particularly if he had also sold Stones. I have nothing against Koeman he is however just a paid employee of the club (well paid at that) and he should be judged on results, end of.
I really couldn't care less about how media friendly/savvy he is, just get the results and make us attractive to watch as well.
58 Posted 11/08/2016 at 19:26:18
I don't know what level you played at but there is a serious difference between fitness at every level.
To even get to Premier league fitness is a major achievement let alone the skill.
I remember a few years ago a lad who played for Marine got to run out at Anfield and play in a charity match for the RS. To say he was blowing for tugs after 5 minutes would be to put it mildly.
Even Souness (I think it was) said he shouldnt be on the pitch with top level pros as he was likely to get seriously injured.
Top level conditioning can take 3 to 6 months otherwise as others have said you risk an injury.
59 Posted 11/08/2016 at 19:33:23
I have no idea how good this lad is but if RK wants him i'll go with that but Pardew just seemed unusually agressive at the thought of him leaving so be interested if he features for them in their opener.
60 Posted 11/08/2016 at 19:45:46
61 Posted 11/08/2016 at 19:47:23
62 Posted 11/08/2016 at 19:47:42
I think that's pretty honest.
63 Posted 11/08/2016 at 19:49:24
64 Posted 11/08/2016 at 19:56:19
As things stand now, I expect Kone,Bolasie and possibly and hopefully Mata and Bony to be the ones in the number.
Ronald would really like, the last two having played under him before.
Should this happen the personally I would be extremely happy.
65 Posted 11/08/2016 at 20:04:23
Throw in a keeper and a back up right back and we would have in my eyes a complete squad.
We should go all out for Butland, he would probably cost over £30m but would be worth it.
66 Posted 11/08/2016 at 20:04:57
67 Posted 11/08/2016 at 20:26:15
Martinez was sacked in May, there's nearly 3 month's gone buy since then, of course its all Martinez fault on here, along with the weather, the nights drawing in and the dog dying.
All the self appointed media experts are predicting us to finish 9th!! Not much improvement on 11th is it, even with the Moshiri money.
Unless we make some stellar signings I fear they may be right.
68 Posted 11/08/2016 at 20:35:27
69 Posted 11/08/2016 at 20:45:21
71 Posted 11/08/2016 at 21:04:55
He appears to be wanting the players to actually be fit. As to the new signings, like others a new GK is a priority and also a striker. Not sure about Bolassie but I am willing to trust Koeman/Walsh on that one. I think the writing is also on the wall for Cleverley McCartney and Barry to be honest. I will be very surprise if we play with 2 DM and the fact that Gueye is here suggests that he will be the man to fit into that role. Bony would also be a good addition.
I think the fans should get used to the idea that until we start producing on the pitch then top players just won't want to come. However I have every faith that RK will lead us to having a successful team with unity, a team that will play for each other and not just gesticulate when things don't go their way. I haven't felt this positive about a new season for a few years. A new era is upon us and whilst we may have to put up with a few disappointments along the way until RK finally gets the side he wants, most likely being a 7th or 8th ish finish this season, all is looking good and regardless of Raymonds unnecessary criticism of a regime in its infancy, it will be a step forward on all the crap we had to endure from the previous regime.
72 Posted 11/08/2016 at 21:05:02
Football, karate, tennis and weight training and working 5 days a week. I played in the Manx league and got fit running up very large hills, near enough mountains.
As I said the players are responsible for fitness, and have no excuse whatsoever not to be fit for the start of the season, and we shouldn't be making excuses for them.
73 Posted 11/08/2016 at 21:09:02
75 Posted 11/08/2016 at 21:31:41
You're right,of course, he's not being honest.
Everyone knows that Niasse has a very serious wrist injury which is preventing him performing well.
76 Posted 11/08/2016 at 21:33:44
Gueye has replaced Besic, Skeltenberg has replaced Howard.
We are more or less where we were last season - I think 9th might be about right !
77 Posted 11/08/2016 at 21:35:23
78 Posted 11/08/2016 at 21:50:51
79 Posted 11/08/2016 at 21:53:30
The very fact that you put Fraser Forster and Manuel Neuer in the same bracket leads me to suspect you have limited footballing knowledge.
Why anyone would be so keen to brand Koeman a 'knob' is beyond me. A ball hasn't even been kicked yet. Get a grip, man.
80 Posted 11/08/2016 at 21:57:36
How much did Big Nev cost us? And Big Nige come to that, both very fine keepers.
81 Posted 11/08/2016 at 22:09:36
Paul Kossoff your team mates must have loved listening to you in the dressing room did you take 13 rabbits feet with you incase a black cat got run over by an ambulance.
82 Posted 11/08/2016 at 22:20:42
83 Posted 11/08/2016 at 22:30:28
84 Posted 11/08/2016 at 23:00:20
If our new financial muscle is a reality, then how about bidding for a few of these young stars before they (possibly) become household names:
Keeper; Bern Leno from Leverkusen.
CB; Almamy Touré from Monaco
Midfielders; Ruben Neves from Porto and Youri Tielemans from Anderlect.
Strikers; Gabriel Barbosa from Santos & Sebastian Driussi from River Plate
Granted, I haven't see much of these guys playing but perhaps others have and can share their opinions. Or have other young starlets to add to the watch-list.
85 Posted 11/08/2016 at 23:04:51
86 Posted 11/08/2016 at 23:13:51
87 Posted 11/08/2016 at 23:25:59
89 Posted 12/08/2016 at 10:21:06
90 Posted 12/08/2016 at 10:43:02
The only thing I definitely know is that Ronald Koeman is not a (k)nob!
91 Posted 12/08/2016 at 11:07:57
I for one am quite pleased with this outcome too as I don't rate him too highly and anyone who says he could regain his Swansea form are defo in the wishful thinkers bracket as IMHO I can't see that happening.
92 Posted 12/08/2016 at 11:25:27
4 more huh?
I'd be pretty happy with:
PLay 3-5-2 with wing-backs
Kone Williams Mori
Coleman (WB) Gueye Barkley(orDavies) Baines(WB)
Mata (or Ziyech)
Get that team super fit and playing to its potential with the likes of Deulofeu, Mirallas etc to come on against tired defenders and I reckon top 6 or better could just beckon
93 Posted 12/08/2016 at 11:49:09
I'd rather play 4-2-3-1 with
Coleman jags kone baines;
Gueye barkley ;
Ziyech mata Mirallas
With another decent striker on the bench and deloufeu, bolasie, cleverly, Barry, Williams and the young lads We'd have a decent bench
94 Posted 12/08/2016 at 12:18:46
Comment 93 for instance, play 4-2-3-1 with Horn who we don't own or haven't made any noise towards buying. Ziyech and Mata in a starting 11 with Bolasie on the bench. Again we don't own any of the three mentioned, but I can't help but feel if we did own Bolasie, and the fee was the fee banded around, then he would have to start, or he's a bad buy.
We have spent around £20m on three players, and recouped £40m from the Stones deal once we paid Barnsley off.
With that is like to believe we at least have the £20m left from that deal, plus £50m from the new owner.
£70m with fees already agreed for Bolasie and Kone coming to around £40m, leaves us £30m.
RK has already stated we need another striker, that's got to be around £20m, leaving £10m, hopefully yo spend on a keeper.
Can see the story of £100m to spend plus the Stones money being true, so if its not true then clearly Mata and Co are off the list.
95 Posted 12/08/2016 at 13:02:56
Next we need another striker, pity Defoe isn't 6 years younger.
Why not Mirallas or Barkley as strikers, I think either would make a fist of it, although thinking about it, neither can head a ball.
I'm happy with Robles in goal as first choice, I think Baines and Coleman are suspect in defence, going forward good, but!
Bolasie would be a good purchase in my eyes, I hope it happens but will they sell.
I just hope our young players get a chance to play this season, it would be a shame if their not used, as there's a few very promising lads among them.
96 Posted 12/08/2016 at 13:16:29
Go and post in the other threads if you don't want to play championship manager here.
98 Posted 12/08/2016 at 17:01:07
99 Posted 12/08/2016 at 18:18:10
101 Posted 12/08/2016 at 21:59:51
Shilton, Nauer, Schmeichel (senior), Bin Man, Clemence etc won the league for their respective teams ...
Never forget going to Southampton - winning with a Mountfield goal I think and then on the Wednesday going to Hoddles Spurs and Nev being our rock with one world class save and three outstanding blocks/saves .
Yes a top class goalkeeper is a must for the new EFC vision!!
and hopefully I am not a knob suggesting it!
102 Posted 12/08/2016 at 22:12:05
103 Posted 12/08/2016 at 22:18:42
He just isn't that good.
Ooh look, the grass looks greener over there.
104 Posted 12/08/2016 at 23:12:37
Let's hope tomorrow we show some grit. I hope Spurs don't turn up, may be they won't? Wishful thinking. Slainte!
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