Koeman lays into Everton players, delivers strong transfer message
By Amir Mir
Ronald Koeman has sent a strong message about the importance of the January transfer window as he laid into his underperforming Everton players.
This follows the Toffees 2-1 loss to Leicester City in the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon which saw Koeman’s side crash out despite taking the lead at Goodison Park.
Strike Romelu Lukaku had given the home side the lead on 63 minutes but Leicester substitute Ahmed Musa levelled the scores three minutes later.
The Nigeran was at it again as he netted a crisp finish 19 minutes from time to ensure Claudio Ranieri’s side progressed through to the next round.
Dutchman Koeman was clearly unimpressed with his team’s performance as he delivered an unambiguous message in regards to their January transfer plans.
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“I know what we need to change and if everyone opens their eyes today maybe we will get further on our improvement as a team,” said Koeman, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo. “That’s really what we need and that’s all about what happens this month.
“I have that in mind and the board knows because we spoke together about what we need. That’s the job of Steve Walsh and it’s my job.
“I hope everybody realises what the team needs to play and to get results that meet the expectations at this club.
“I can explain more but I don’t like to because that’s talks we need to do inside. But if a young player of 18 is today one of the best on the pitch then it says enough.”
Academy graduate Tom Davies played in the middle of the park for the home team, alongside the experience of Gareth Barry.
Koeman clearly felt that the teenager put in a good display despite his team crashing out of the competition.
The Merseyside club suffered the same disappointment during their brief stint in the EFL Cup this season when they were knocked out by Championship side Norwich in September.
Koeman will be hoping his team can bounce back from this defeat when they take on Premier League title chasers Manchester City next Sunday.
In other Everton news, Ronald Koeman stated what was unbelievable about the Toffees FA Cup loss.