By Harvey Byrne
Former midfielder turned outspoken pundit Robbie Savage has blasted Everton fans that are calling for manager Ronald Koeman’s head as “talking absolute garbage.”
The Toffees have got off to a slow start in the Premier League this season despite much investment with just four points gained from their first five league games, leaving them in 18th place.
They also suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat against Italian outfit Atalanta in the Europa League last week and many are starting to question Koeman’s signings as well as the tactics he is currently deploying.
But, Savage has jumped to the defence of the former Barcelona great stating that Koeman will need a lot more before he can even look to close the gap on the sides higher up in the Premier League table.
“Any Everton fans calling for Ronald Koeman’s head after a bad week are talking absolute garbage,” wrote Savage in his column for the Mirror.
“Let’s get real – the glory days under Howard Kendall were 30 years ago. Everton have not won a trophy since the FA Cup in 1995.
“Koeman has spent nearly £150 million this summer trying to break into the top six – and in today’s climate, that may only be enough for Everton to stand still and finish seventh again.
“Unless they have a miracle season like Leicester, to reach the Premier League’s top four, he will have to spend nearer £500 million and attract world-class players.
“Yes, Everton is a massive football club with a huge fanbase and a proud history, but that’s what it is – history.
“Koeman isn’t going to end 22 years of drought overnight. He isn’t going to close the gap on the clubs who finished above Everton last season in a single transfer window.”
Koeman was appointed by Everton in the summer of 2016 following the takeover of Farhad Moshiri and in his first season in charge of the club he led them to a seventh placed finish.
However, the loss of star Romelu Lukaku earlier in the summer to Manchester United has since hit the side hard despite receiving a mega £75million fee from the Old Trafford giants.
Everton’s weekend game will see them host fellow struggling outfit Bournemouth at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon and Koeman will be looking at the clash as an opportunity to add more points on the board.
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