COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Everton started in great form under new boss Ronald Koeman with five wins and one draw from his first six matches in charge in all competitions.
However, a defeat to Championship side Norwich in September brought the team crashing to earth and the Toffees have subsequently seen just one win from their last nine fixtures.
Now Football Insider has looked at three reasons why the Goodison Park outfit are struggling under the Dutch boss:
Poor summer business
Steve Walsh was brought to Everton from champions Leicester, taking the role of the director of football.
He was considered a key part of the Foxes success, unearthing germs such as N’golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez.
However, the Toffees summer signings weren’t of the required quality needed for Everton.
Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg struggled at both Fulham and Southampton in the Premier League before and is now considered the club’s number one.
Meanwhile, Ashley Williams’ best days are past him and Idrissa Gueye, who has looked the best acquisition so far was part of a Aston Villa team that finished with just 17 points last season.
They also spent too much on Yannick Bolasie, as the 27-year-old quite clearly is not worth £25million-plus, while Enner Valencia was a needless signing, albeit on loan.
Players continue to underperform
Everton finished in a disappointing 11th place last season, which saw manager Roberto Martinez lose his job.
However, there are still a number of players in the squad who are struggling and this has not helped Koeman at all.
Regular first team players such as Phil Jagielka, Gerard Deulofeu, Ross Barkley and Aaron Lennon have not performed to the standard needed for the Toffees this season and the Dutch boss should look to move them out if he is still in charge in January.
Koeman has managed three clubs of similar size to Everton in their respective countries in Ajax, Benfica and Valencia.
He lasted under a year in Portugal and Spain and the majority of his success in the past has come from clubs who don’t expect too much.
Koeman had a similar struggle at Southampton last season, which saw his side pick up just one victory from eight encounters.
The south coast side were just a point above eventual relegated outfit Norwich on January 2 2016, but Koeman was afforded more time at the club with the reduced expectations.
Now given new owner Farhad Moshiri has not been shy about his wealth the bar has been raised at Everton and Koeman’s days may become numbered if form does not pick up soon.
In other Everton news, Danny Mills has given his verdict on this Toffees star.