By Abigail Withey

Everton legend Kevin Ratcliffe has criticised Ronald Koeman for his side’s most recent performance against Apollon Limassol in the Europa League.

On Thursday the Toffees secured a 2-2 draw against the Cypriot club during their second group stage clash in the competition.

Goals from summer signings Wayne Rooney and Nikola Vlasic meant that the Blues remained ahead of Limassol for a majority of the match, leading Ratcliffe to admit that their transfer window business hasn’t helped the club to improve.

“You can understand the supporters’ frustration,” Ratcliffe wrote in his column for the Liverpool Echo.

“I know net spend wasn’t massive in the summer, but we have still spent a lot of money and the buzz around the ground is that we are no better than last season.

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“Pre-season we were targeting a possible break through into the top four – at present we look like we might not even make it into the top half of the table, and that’s deeply concerning.”

The Dutch manager had a busy transfer window throughout the summer months and brought in nine new recruits to help the Toffees press for a higher finish in the Premier League, but the host of summer signings doesn’t appear to be having the effect Koeman had hoped for.

Everton sit in 14th postion in the current standings on just seven points after they secured their second win of the season last weekend against Bournemouth.

Koeman and his men will be looking ahead to they next top flight clash as they host Burnley and hope to secure another set of three points to take their tally up to 10.

Everton faced a number of difficult opponents back-to-back during recent weeks which resulted with defeats to Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United.

In other Everton news, boss Ronald Koeman has revealed his plans for his side’s January transfer window. 

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