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13th Aug, 2016 | 7:20pm

Koeman praises midfield partnership after match v Tottenham

By Harvey Byrne

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has praised the performance of midfield duo Gareth Barry and Idrissa Gueye following the club’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Saturday.

Gueye made his competitive debut for the club following his £7million move from Aston Villa earlier this summer.

Meanwhile, Barry lined up for his 121st appearance for the club following his move from Manchester City after an initial loan spell in 2013.

Toffees new boss Koeman was left pleased with what he saw from the two on their first outing together.

“It’s a very good partnership with Gareth Barry in midfield, the cleverness of Gareth with the energy of Idrissa,” said the Dutch manager to the Liverpool Echo.

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“That makes the team strong.”

Koeman moved to Goodison Park from Southampton earlier this summer.

The Dutch boss followed on from manager Roberto Martinez, who was relieved from his duties after Farhad Moshiri took over the club.

Koeman has looked to instill his own squad at the Toffees and he has brought inGueye, Maarten Stekelenburg and Ashley Williams to his squad.

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew also revealed on Saturday that Yannick Bolasie’s move to Everton was close, while Lamine Kone could also join the club in an £18million move, according to reports from Sky Sports and the Sun.

The Toffees finished in a disappointing 11th place last season and Koeman will be eager to return his side to Euorpe next season.

In other Everton team news, Koeman has urged midfielder Ross Barkley to show more responsibility.