Ronald Koeman said Anton Donkor did well on his U23s debut but admitted he was not 'impressed' per se, at least in his interpretation of the word.
The Everton boss was relaxed and on good form in his press conference with the broadcast media at USM Finch Farm this afternoon but his comments underlined his commitment to excellence across the board when he was asked about his team's ranking as the fourth-best team in the Premier League when it comes to the pressing game.
He acknowledged that he was pleased with the progress made by his charges over the past few months but stressed there was room for improvement.
“That's still not good enough,” the Dutchman said. “We like to be the first, but we need time for that.
“Sometimes we can [press] very well and at a high level and sometimes we need to do it better.
“It starts with the strikers and that's sometimes the most difficult for them to do because they like to play and score and it starts by doing pressing.
“It was one of the changes we made [when I arrived]; not to be a team that is waiting for mistakes from the opponent but a good pressing team, with a higher pressing line.
“But we are improving and it's good to know [that we are ranked highly] but it's still not good enough.”
Koeman was also asked about Donkor's performance for the second string at Manchester United earlier this week and his prospects of perhaps stepping up to the first team at some stage as a result.
The 19-year-old made what was generally accepted to be an impressive debut following his arrival on loan from Wolfsburg but Koeman showed his desire to be wowed on that score as well, even if it was expressed in his interpretation of the word "impressed".
“I was in the stadium. Impressed? No. Impressed is [when you see] something you did not expect.
“Of course, I spoke to the boy about getting an opportunity to be part of the U23s and maybe sometimes he will be involved with the training sessions with the first team.
“He did well, especially in the first half. The whole team had it difficult in the second half but I wasn't ‘impressed'.
Asked if he expected more from Donkor, Koeman smiled: “I expect more from everybody.”
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1 Posted 03/02/2017 at 16:38:11
2 Posted 03/02/2017 at 16:58:21
As blunt as ever!
3 Posted 03/02/2017 at 17:08:45
4 Posted 03/02/2017 at 17:17:45
The other 16 teams behind us must be absolute crap at it.
We haven't worked out how to press at all.Not a clue.
5 Posted 03/02/2017 at 17:43:39
Ronald. "It dependsh if you're comparing it to a rhino or a meerkat my dear, but generally I would have to say yesh it looks like two very large water melonsh in a very shmall carrier bag."
6 Posted 03/02/2017 at 17:49:10
Funny thing is when we do it the fans love it and Goodison puts other crowds to shame. You'll see that as the team becomes Koeman's and previous regimes become memory, we will be really good at pressing and other teams will dread it.
7 Posted 03/02/2017 at 17:55:10
8 Posted 03/02/2017 at 18:02:07
9 Posted 03/02/2017 at 19:04:28
10 Posted 03/02/2017 at 19:09:08
11 Posted 03/02/2017 at 19:18:58
I wash my hands of the whole debate and look forward to the time when we have a good team with good players who can play good football and most importantly win football matches.
12 Posted 03/02/2017 at 19:26:31
13 Posted 03/02/2017 at 19:29:33
14 Posted 03/02/2017 at 19:34:25
15 Posted 03/02/2017 at 19:50:10
I would say Yes, we will challenge, but how well we challenge is open for debate!! The team will be more combative and hopefully more feared than in the past 3 years of Bobby the king of how not to defend!!
16 Posted 03/02/2017 at 19:59:17
17 Posted 03/02/2017 at 20:06:01
18 Posted 03/02/2017 at 20:17:41
You'd better believe it.
20 Posted 03/02/2017 at 20:18:35
He's got rid of most of those he wanted out. It looks like he's broadly got them playing the way he wants. He's looking and sounding more confident.
For me, that means he's running out of excuses and it's time for a proper run.
Looking forward to tomorrow and envious of those who will be there.
21 Posted 03/02/2017 at 20:20:40
Bloody strange statistic.
22 Posted 03/02/2017 at 20:31:32
This is the measure for me...
23 Posted 03/02/2017 at 20:50:27
24 Posted 03/02/2017 at 21:00:37
For me, that means he's running out of excuses..."
Logic at its best!
25 Posted 03/02/2017 at 22:14:03
26 Posted 03/02/2017 at 00:04:18
27 Posted 04/02/2017 at 01:49:32
28 Posted 04/02/2017 at 02:13:04
If he can motivate his players for the rest of the season and finish better than we started then I think next season we will be hard team to beat.
29 Posted 04/02/2017 at 04:36:20
Lukaku needs a real kick up the arse though.
31 Posted 04/02/2017 at 08:08:28
32 Posted 04/02/2017 at 08:38:21
33 Posted 04/02/2017 at 08:38:58
I concur with that statement.
34 Posted 04/02/2017 at 08:52:57
36 Posted 04/02/2017 at 10:25:16
37 Posted 04/02/2017 at 10:58:00
RS top, Leicester 2nd Man City 3rd
38 Posted 04/02/2017 at 14:45:53
'Poor touch, poor finish' means they're playing shite if they can't connect with the ball to score a goal even where the performance is otherwise good in the game.
39 Posted 04/02/2017 at 19:09:12
41 Posted 05/02/2017 at 17:03:45
RS top, Leicester 2nd Man City 3rd"
...and no Chelsea. Too busy playing league-leading football to spend all their time pressing!
42 Posted 05/02/2017 at 17:22:35
43 Posted 05/02/2017 at 17:53:50
Moyes and Martinez were adept at that, and rumour has it he would have kept Martinez but wanted Moyes to replace him. Obviously didn't fancy Ronald then. I bet he doesn't now either.
Not much being placed in the press either.
44 Posted 05/02/2017 at 18:19:11
He's also been heard to tell Bobby E to get his finger out of his arse and stop playing Candy Crush on company time.
46 Posted 06/02/2017 at 04:06:36