Jamie Carragher heaps praise on senior Everton man
By Matt Bullin
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has heaped praise on Ronald Koeman after the improvement at Everton this season.
Everton beat Burnley 3-1 last time out to claim their fourth win in six Premier League games and virtually nail down a top-seven finish this season.
The result means the Toffees have now taken a possible 30 from 42 since the turn of the year, which haven included notable wins such as demolishing Manchester City 4-0, as well as hammering Bournemouth 6-3 and Hull City 4-0.
Speaking on Sky Sports 1’s Monday Night Football programme (17 April), Carragher believes much of the credit must go to the manager after his predecessor Roberto Martinez steered Everton to 11th last season.
He said: “The great thing about Ronald Koeman’s teams is – sometimes you think of a great goalscoring team that let goals in, or [teams] who are really defensive and don’t score – they always have great balance.
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“Even at Southampton – they were very good defensively and they could score goals.”
Koeman had previously managed Southampton for two years before taking over the reins at Everton in the summer of 2016.
The Dutchman has a glittering CV having played for Barcelona, PSV and Ajax, as well as managing Ajax, Benfica, PSV and Valencia.
Everton are on target to beat their highest ever Premier League points total of 72 in the 2013/14 season.
However, as the sides around them have continued to pick up points as well, Everton have not been able to progress up from seventh.
They currently sit level on points with Arsenal, who are sixth, but the Gunners have two games in hand.
While the Toffees sit seven points behind Man City, who sit in the final Champions League spot, and also have a game in hand.
In other Everton news, Tony Cascarino has claimed that this Everton ace should move abroad.