Ronald Koeman's willingness to make decisive changes before half-time of Saturday's win at West Brom hasn't just gone down well with supporters, it appears to have been well-received in the dressing room as well.
Kevin Mirallas, who scored the important equaliser in first-half stoppage time, made mention of the manager's key alterations in his post-match comments and indicated how pleased he was to see it as a player.
“The coach saw directly that things were not good and changed and after that we played well,” Mirallas said.
“He proved how good he is, because he saw directly that the team had a problem because there were too many people in the middle and they had a lot of space on the left and right.
“When you are a player and you see that, then you are happy. You can see clearly that the coach has the solutions to win a game.”
The Belgian has also expressed his pleasure at Romelu Lukaku's decision to stay with the Blues and his hope that his compatriot will now commit himself to the club and sign a new contract at Goodison Park.
“The club are trying to sign new players, but it is also important to keep the best ones that you have,” Mirallas continued.
“Romelu is a very important player for us and I hope he signs a new contract.
“When he came on, you could see he is a real striker, and from there we began to have possession of the ball and then you can do something.”
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1 Posted 22/08/2016 at 06:42:15
2 Posted 22/08/2016 at 06:49:47
3 Posted 22/08/2016 at 07:31:00
4 Posted 22/08/2016 at 07:32:01
I'm not convinced he's worthy of a pay rise, and to be honest if some of the other inbound signings come off, wouldn't be at all bothered if he was to leave, "gold" Bentley and all.
5 Posted 22/08/2016 at 07:33:19
6 Posted 22/08/2016 at 08:04:43
7 Posted 22/08/2016 at 08:06:19
He lookx fitter than we've ever seen him ; as he rarely finished games even under Moyes.
Definitely got a goal or 2 in him; if he can stay fit; could be a good season.
8 Posted 22/08/2016 at 08:33:08
9 Posted 22/08/2016 at 08:37:01
10 Posted 22/08/2016 at 08:47:08
11 Posted 22/08/2016 at 09:20:00
Or you prefer he is not interested and just shrug his shoulders?
And I just saw OFFM showing all the negativity in the world after just 2 matches. I think he wouldn't be able to get Germany qualify for the WC 2018 if he managed them.
12 Posted 22/08/2016 at 09:26:22
I expect him to do well up until christmas when the buzz wear's off and the games come thick and fast then we'll see if he has turned a corner!
13 Posted 22/08/2016 at 09:28:40
14 Posted 22/08/2016 at 09:29:42
15 Posted 22/08/2016 at 09:38:37
There's been plenty to be negative about in a realistic way for a long time, but some of the knee jerk cynicism on this site really is soul destroying.
16 Posted 22/08/2016 at 09:45:13
17 Posted 22/08/2016 at 09:52:52
18 Posted 22/08/2016 at 09:59:23
19 Posted 22/08/2016 at 10:13:39
I'd love to see some proper rotation of our forward players this season. Be it through horses for courses or simply taking them out of the team when it's not really working for them.
I loved seeing Tony Pulis completely perplexed at times on Saturday. He's no mug yet he had no idea what shape we were going to play with and where the next attack was coming from. For too long other teams have known our lineup and tactics months in advance, not anymore...
20 Posted 22/08/2016 at 10:17:59
21 Posted 22/08/2016 at 10:18:30
22 Posted 22/08/2016 at 10:20:39
23 Posted 22/08/2016 at 10:22:08
To be fair to him, he seems to have grasped the nettle, and he looks a completely different player under RK - long may it continue.
I couldnt believe my eyes when I witnessed Kev chasing and perfroming a great slide tackle to win back possession v the baggies - tremendous effort, and the least we should expect from him from now on.
If we didnt know that RM had lost the dressing room before this season started, then we certainly know now - thank god Moshiri got shut when he did (and even that was 6 months too late for my liking!)
Keep it up Kev and the rest! Koeman you Blues!
24 Posted 22/08/2016 at 10:26:59
25 Posted 22/08/2016 at 10:47:39
26 Posted 22/08/2016 at 11:06:58
28 Posted 22/08/2016 at 11:35:09
31 Posted 22/08/2016 at 13:32:59
Nice to see Steven Pienaar come on for a cameo for Sunderland yesterday. He's lost much of his pace and stamina, but not his vision and his clever little passes. He could still make a meaningful, if limited contribution to their cause this season. Kevin Mirallas can learn a lot from Steven, who never ever gave up the fight on the pitch when he was fit.
32 Posted 22/08/2016 at 13:41:16
Firmly believe that Mr Koeman will bring out the best of him. Yes there may have been issues with RM but I do feel that at times he was getting splinters in his backside at the expense of players who shouldn't have been on the pitch.
Mr Koeman will not tolerate any petulant crap from his players and I am totally confident that unless players buy into his vision then they will be told to do one.
Kevin knows this.
On a totally different note. . . I thought that Gareth Barry was amazing on Saturday. If everyone had his fight and commitment consistently I for one would be happy.
Let us all have a great season.
Keep the faith.
33 Posted 22/08/2016 at 13:42:30
34 Posted 22/08/2016 at 14:24:55
35 Posted 22/08/2016 at 14:40:08
Second is that Koeman's squad rotation policy will be based on helping the team perform and not based on resting players after they have played out of their skins. Which was a crazy policy employed by the new Belgium manager and annoyed the players. Remember Mirallas scoring and then being rested in the next game???
Finally I think RK has recognised that Mirallas and Deulofeu just want to attack all the time and he is combining that desire with pressing back up from the midfielders to great effect. Barry and Mirallas scoring in the same game !!
I agree with several others on here we might see 15+ goals off Mirallas this season. He would be worth a lot more that 㿅M but I would not want to sell him.
36 Posted 22/08/2016 at 15:00:37
A proper goalscorer who is worth between 10-15 goals a season.
I agree with others that I wouldnt entertain a bid of 25m for him.
On his day he is one of the best players we have.
37 Posted 22/08/2016 at 15:05:39
Our last two managers wouldnt get anywhere near this fella!!
38 Posted 22/08/2016 at 15:08:11
39 Posted 22/08/2016 at 15:13:35
40 Posted 22/08/2016 at 15:28:20
I didn't say he was worth £25m,I said it would feel like a £25m signing...not quite the same thing. Do you honestly think in these barmy times that we could buy as good a replacement for less? Bolasie? Is he really a club record fee? Will he score more goals than a rejuvenated Kevin Mirallas?
41 Posted 22/08/2016 at 15:53:37
43 Posted 22/08/2016 at 16:50:43
In addition we'll have a defence keeping the back door shut.
Better get the negatives vibes out of the way now and bash Kev for speaking the truth and confirming what all fans saw on Saturday.
Good players become great players under the right manager, this is Kev's time at last under Koeman.
44 Posted 22/08/2016 at 20:49:19
I think we have a lot of talented creative players - Barkley, Mirallas, Lukaku, Delofeu, etc who were drifting and disheartened, not to mention unfit. If RK can get them fit and motivated, we could see a great attacking unit.
BTW, Cascarino in one of the rags today predicted our "unsettled" club would sack our manager and end the season in 17th place. People get paid for producing stuff like this?
45 Posted 23/08/2016 at 13:28:36
46 Posted 23/08/2016 at 01:48:55
So far he seems to NOT care about getting top young talents in and that concerns me.
Overall he is an improvement on Martinez no doubt, he has high standards like me when it comes to demanding top effort from EVERY player.
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