The Dutchman has made no secret of his belief this pre-season that the Blues still don't look ready for the new season and he admitted after this evening's goalless draw with Manchester United in Wayne Rooney's testimonial that the quality of their play overall was "poor."
"Our organisation was good and we had a couple of good chances — but I expect better quality on the ball than we showed tonight," he said. "We need to play better.
"We need to be a bit more confident to play against Man United. Maybe we were a little bit impressed by the stadium, but we need to be better with the ball to create more chances."
Thus far, only Maarten Stekelenburg and Idrissa Gueye, who did not feature at Old Trafford, have been signed at first-team level since Koeman was announced as manager in June.
“We are working hard to bring in good players but it's not respectful to talk about other players who aren't playing for Everton," Koeman continued.
"As soon as possible we hope to bring some new players in."
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1 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:39:47
2 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:46:05
3 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:47:15
4 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:48:41
Solid off the ball but crap on it tonight. Seeing Kone ploughing a lone furrow up front for the last 20 was pretty grim too.
Tony Hibbert had the better testimonial!
5 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:50:48
Its good that he feels we were organised as that's the essential basis of building a team that knows their responsibilities.
It also looks from his comments like several players may yet arrive. It does not appear through lack of effort that this is yet to materialise.
I hold my breath in anticipation !
6 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:53:12
Get some decent players now, get in to the Europa league and then the top players will start to take us seriously. We need to be patient. In Moshiri we trust.
7 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:53:59
8 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:55:14
9 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:58:20
10 Posted 03/08/2016 at 22:59:00
11 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:04:21
I gladly standby to be proven totally wrong.
12 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:04:25
13 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:04:55
14 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:05:56
If we can get a body or 2 in between now and the start of the season, we will hopefully improve in the final 3rd.
15 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:09:24
Glad to hear Holgate & Davies looked good.
Have been impressed with both - Davies I've seen more of, but Holgate whilst plenty to learn looked very composed, athletic and talented in the youth games I saw last year.
He stood out as man of the match in the mini derby last year.
16 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:09:55
17 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:12:40
I don't believe it - I'll have a shit fit if we sign him.
18 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:18:47
19 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:28:47
I thought we did ok.
Game wasnt the best, but we looked composed.
A few signings and we will be ok.
Just don't sell Rom or Stones without like for like replacements.
20 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:46:38
21 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:51:44
22 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:51:56
23 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:57:35
24 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:58:12
We can't afford mistakes like that.
25 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:58:16
26 Posted 03/08/2016 at 23:59:44
Few chances in their box.
27 Posted 03/08/2016 at 00:00:17
28 Posted 03/08/2016 at 00:01:29
What are the odds for a successful international year for the Belgiun National team? lol!
29 Posted 04/08/2016 at 00:55:51
30 Posted 04/08/2016 at 01:18:42
31 Posted 04/08/2016 at 01:32:17
Not claiming its a fantastic performance, but some peoples accounts make it sound like Lincoln city have just beaten us 0-4 at home !
Unfortunately RK has just arrived so will need time to get his views across.
Judging by the way the window is going, we have plenty left to do, both in and out.
RK had the same issue in both seasons at Southampton and done more than ok.
I do feel though that some people talk about our best squad in years, and mistake it with being our best team in years.
IMO the depth of the squad is pretty good, in that we have proven prem players as back up to some of our better players.
But they are only bottom half prem players, were as in the past Moyes had Championship players in his starting 11, but had a good balance which allowed us to carry them.
Just because we now have the likes of Lennon, Cleverly, Gibson and Kone to come in for Del, Ross , Rom and McCarthy doesn't make us world beaters.
Tonight was ok,nothing special, but still ok.
Roll on this week, and roll in the new players.
32 Posted 04/08/2016 at 02:24:38
Expect a few left of field/little known players and maybe one surprise biggish name that no one would have guessed.
33 Posted 04/08/2016 at 03:04:12
34 Posted 04/08/2016 at 07:42:30
35 Posted 04/08/2016 at 08:02:26
We are still short of cover for Lukaku and even if he stays we need another striker to support him up front.
The fans are crying out for a bit of flair in midfield too, a player who can beat his man and pass accurately. We continually go for work horses (water carriers) who do a job.
I would like to see the Portuguese lads who are linked as they have top ball control and can pass. We also need a big centre back in the Koulibaly mould who will win aerial duels against big strikers.Fonte may fit the bill if we want to spend less, but he would just be a stop gap solution for one season. We continue to struggle to defend set pieces and I am afraid that Williams is not tall enough to combat this threat.
36 Posted 04/08/2016 at 08:44:13
This latter situation clouds the transfer priorities of our new managerial team and if money is not the primary concern these days then the sooner the future of our two 'want aways' is determined the better.
Of course, on the evidence of last night any club paying £75M for Rom or £50M for Stones must be desperate - or daft - so take the best offer now.
A similar situation happened last year but BK seems intent on enveloping the new man in a cloud of confusion and phony principle.
Get the buggers sold and move on. Please !
37 Posted 04/08/2016 at 08:51:18
The team played okay tonight: Holgate and Coleman stood out while the Diamond looked so strange with an 8 on his back. Gerry looked out of sorts, running aimlessly. Fingers crossed... COYB
38 Posted 04/08/2016 at 09:56:36
We have already seen an improvement from this time last season remember how unfit we were throughout pre- season and the first 5 games! The defence is now better organised. We've got a better keeper and it's clear Koeman will bolster midfield and attack.
As far as I'm concerned, it's all looking very good.
39 Posted 04/08/2016 at 10:08:47
Judging on last night's performance against Barce that Musa looks like another great find.
I'd settle for losing Stones and bringing in a consistent performer and leader such as Williams befor the Tottenham match. If we can bring in a couple of quality signings after that, I'll consider that a bonus.
40 Posted 04/08/2016 at 10:09:32
41 Posted 04/08/2016 at 10:47:52
Chances are Koeman knew very well the task in hand before he took the job. He gives me the impression of someone who thinks very carefully before acting. Which is precisely what we need.
As far as I'm concerned, so far so good.
42 Posted 04/08/2016 at 11:04:51
Niasse, Gibson, Oviedo, McGeady, Kone - all senior players that need to go!
BTW, I'm sure I will get shot down for this but is it just me who thinks Ross is already looking a little sharper and quicker under the new boss. No more strolling around and stopping the ball dead. A few times this preseason I've noticed that he is 'trying' to play a little higher tempo.
43 Posted 04/08/2016 at 11:06:25
Using Win10 and MS Edge as the browser.
44 Posted 04/08/2016 at 11:08:22
45 Posted 04/08/2016 at 11:11:53
I would add McCarthy and Cleverley to your list,
neither of them are good enough for Everton FC IMO.
46 Posted 04/08/2016 at 11:22:28
47 Posted 04/08/2016 at 11:36:37
IMO we need two creative midfielders (one maybe the ellusivd no. 10) another striker, and a defensively sound centreback .and thats just for the first 11.
48 Posted 04/08/2016 at 11:44:56
If your wife /girlfriend wants to leave, taking them on holiday, buying them a new phone or a car will not change their mindset . You're just trying to appease them and so putting off the inevitable. It creates a bad atmosphere and their heart isn't in it and often they can't be bothered.
Chelsea are supposedly offering Remy as part of a deal. (I know it's in the papers). Why couldn't we get Bony as well, in a Stones deal? We would have two proven strikers and a lot of cash.
Seems simples. I'm frightened we might miss the boat over these two...
49 Posted 04/08/2016 at 12:04:13
And although the goalkeeping position is looking stronger, I think a move that has been mentioned a few times on here before for one of Valencia's 3 top notch keepers would be the way to go. I'd be very happy with Domenech or Ryan, both are trustworthy, around 25 and can use their feet as well as their hands..
I'm sure as both the brothers Koeman have alluded to we will have some new arrivals shortly.
50 Posted 04/08/2016 at 12:11:33
51 Posted 04/08/2016 at 12:15:02
I would agree with the Cleverly shout, although we need squad players and he can play most rolls across the midfield.
I would like to see McCarthy given the benefit of the doubt unless a silly offer came in for him. In all fairness this lad has spent all his career under Martinez, lets see if RK has him doing anything differently.
52 Posted 04/08/2016 at 12:18:15
54 Posted 04/08/2016 at 12:40:25
That shambles of a team we had only a few months ago now looks organised, disciplined and much more fit after only a few weeks of Koeman.
The midfield and attack need reinforcements and more quality, we know that and Koeman knows that, but also they were the players who have missed most training either through late return or injury.
It's evolution not revolution and we are lucky Moshiri doesn't seem like someone looking to make a quick buck, he seems to want to put a stable foundation in place for Everton to prosper in the future. Each decision is seeming sound and well considered.
Let's judge the squad in place come 1st September and get behind a team that I am certain will be far more competitive under the honest and ultra critical gaze of Koeman.
55 Posted 04/08/2016 at 12:40:37
Hopefully are ineptness may make the hierarchy step up in transfer market. Over to you Ron.
56 Posted 04/08/2016 at 12:52:07
57 Posted 04/08/2016 at 12:56:24
I'm sure there are some stats bunnies on here who can name some players bought for large fee's by other clubs who have totally failed to deliver. Buying big is not the answer, its buying wisely.
58 Posted 04/08/2016 at 13:55:42
We have loads of players with movement skills, this needs to be complemented eith decent ball players. Not not the best, although that would be great, but worh players who balance the team.
59 Posted 04/08/2016 at 14:19:40
60 Posted 04/08/2016 at 14:35:57
I would expect them to be expecting to be making additions soon, having identified targets and the feasibility of signing them, or moving on to next on the list.
61 Posted 04/08/2016 at 14:37:25
62 Posted 04/08/2016 at 17:22:46
I also think there is more to come from our present players with a new manager, such as Delofeu and/or Mirallas playing as striker, Barkley losing weight and getting more mobile, and when McCarthy played more forward for a game or two last term I thought he looked quite effective. I think this will be evolution, not revolution.
63 Posted 04/08/2016 at 17:49:07
I know there are a lot of people that like this trio, but IMO they simply are not the finished article. Working all career long on their potential. When all they have is potential to have potential!
64 Posted 04/08/2016 at 18:04:23
That whole process will cost us dearly in funds that could be otherwise invested in players.
65 Posted 04/08/2016 at 18:12:26
Keep the faith.
66 Posted 05/08/2016 at 07:00:53
67 Posted 05/08/2016 at 09:54:28
Witzel, Mata, Carvalho, Draxler, Sniederlan and Snieder have all been mentioned as big name signings, whilst we have also been linked with players like Robbie Brady and Robson Kanu.
There are so many players available throughout the football world, you only have to look at some of the business done by West Ham and Leicester last season to see that.
I like the idea of trying to steal Callum Chambers from Arsenal, the kids talented and has no chance of getting in there team ATM.
We could probably steal him for £10-12m.
United have players like Sniederlan and Januzi available at knock down prices, especially after there huge outlay, and up coming outlays on Pogba etc.
Even the red shite have Benteke available who is a proven scorer at premier league level.
Anyways, judging by Walsh history of finding quality players, im sure he doesn't need my im put, but im still optimistic for the next few weeks in regards to signings.
68 Posted 05/08/2016 at 10:34:11
69 Posted 05/08/2016 at 18:34:04
70 Posted 05/08/2016 at 18:54:48
71 Posted 05/08/2016 at 19:07:06
I'm positively dizzy with all the activity.
72 Posted 06/08/2016 at 11:12:46
73 Posted 06/08/2016 at 11:21:36
74 Posted 06/08/2016 at 11:48:09
You couldn't make it up ... Oh they did already.
I think we will see a few quality signings but it is probably unlikely we will see it all by next weeks opener. It must be difficult for a new management and recruitment team to get things over the line in such a short time. But I bet stuff is happening even as we speak.
It is frustrating for all fans but I take comfort in the fact that the secretive approach must be frustrating the shit out of the crappy websites and above all 'Sky Sources'.
75 Posted 06/08/2016 at 11:56:00
The Liverpool Echo discuss potential replacements for Besic with names including Oriol Romeu, Youssouf Mulumbu, Yann M'Vila, Beram Kayal and Marvelous Nakamba.
Sign the last one ...bloody marvellous!!
76 Posted 06/08/2016 at 12:22:09
We also have younger players in Davies and Ledson who don't need blocking with more squad players. The focus should be on getting in players who can get around the pitch better than what we currently have.
77 Posted 06/08/2016 at 12:31:55
78 Posted 06/08/2016 at 12:36:48
79 Posted 06/08/2016 at 12:56:35
In the meantime, lets look forward to the season starting in the first weekend in September as with every other season.
80 Posted 06/08/2016 at 13:03:21
Goalie, playmaker, striker, right back.
Don't see either Stones or Lukaku leaving.
81 Posted 08/08/2016 at 02:59:18
A big shake-up is needed and to blow the dust off. I would release Lukaku, Mirallas, Kone, Baines, Ovideo, McCarthy and Niasse. (If Stones wants to go, then let him go.)
We need some fresh faces at this club and to mix it up with giving the good youngsters we have here a fighting chance. Barkley, Gerard and Lennon need a better season and so do the fans.
82 Posted 08/08/2016 at 05:54:32
84 Posted 08/08/2016 at 17:09:06
I've no idea why it's taking so long but the usual suspects apart, there hasn't been that much activity in the transfer market. I'm sure there are supporters of 10 or so teams in the PL, awash with money, who are wondering when the action is going to start.
85 Posted 08/08/2016 at 17:39:55
87 Posted 08/08/2016 at 17:47:45
88 Posted 08/08/2016 at 18:32:41
I agree mate, think he is a star of one of his shows. Bill is still in charge no big buys till we sell.
89 Posted 08/08/2016 at 18:35:12
90 Posted 08/08/2016 at 18:51:21
There's a domino effect attached to all of this.
The transfer window runs till the end of August, and although we all want things to happen well before the season starts, for all the obvious reasons I haven't bothered to mention, agents and players can still, and will still move after the season starts here.
Remember as well, not every league kicks off on the same date as ours, so the blinkers of the Premier League need to be discarded a little bit in that respect.
The Stones deal looks like the key one to me - most people now seem resigned, and OK with him going, and I would suspect other deals (incoming) will happen for us once that's done. The Lukaku hing less so, as this all looks a bit less cut & dried with Everton very keen for him to stay.
I still think you'll see a couple of signings before the end of the window.
91 Posted 08/08/2016 at 18:54:57
92 Posted 08/08/2016 at 18:56:23
93 Posted 08/08/2016 at 19:21:47
94 Posted 08/08/2016 at 19:22:35
95 Posted 08/08/2016 at 19:33:53
But if truth be told, even if we don't bring anybody in, we will do better than we did the last two seasons; for obvious reasons.
96 Posted 08/08/2016 at 19:44:03
1. Why do we always wait until the last day of the window when 3 games are already gone in the season?
2. As we haven't won anything in over 21 years and Goodison is an antiquated dump, players we want aren't that enticed by joining Everton.
97 Posted 08/08/2016 at 20:54:43
There's no way someone who's made himself a billionaire would be anyone's puppet, let alone a buffoon like Kenwright.
98 Posted 08/08/2016 at 21:20:17
It will happen again. At least three players with a marquee signing will happen before the last day. It's the hope that one day a billionaire strolls in and spends big.
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