Main Koeman priority is so obvious: Three things we learned from Everton v Watford
By Will Butcher
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Everton’s 3-2 loss to Watford in the Premier League on Saturday at Vicarage Road.
Set pieces must be top priority
Everton were abysmal at defending from dead-ball situations, as the Hornets gratefully profited to secure a 3-1 win. With the game in the balance at 1-1, centre-back Sebastian Prodl was unforgivably allowed to head home unchallenged from the centre of the penalty area. Summer signing Stefano Okaka then notched his second midway through the second half to add comfort to the Watford lead from a corner. Ronald Koeman was visibly frustrated from the sidelines, as the Toffees defence switched off to allow what was a close game get away from them. Pressure continues to grow on the Dutchman, after four successive away defeats. His main priority is obvious. Sort out set pieces.
Bolasie was missed
The 27-year-old summer signing’s pace and trickery was the creative spark missing from the Toffees display today, as Spaniard Gerard Deulofeu failed to live up to the Democratic Republic of Congo international’s solid start to life in Merseyside. Former Roma left-back Jose Holebas marshalled Deulofeu with vigorously, which gave the former Barcelona youth player little room to create. Struggling to strike up a fluid partnership with right-back Seamus Coleman, it was evident to all that Bolasie was missed and Koeman could be tempted to bring in a replacement rather than stick with Deulofeu.
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Barry continues to prove age is just a number
Covering a huge amount of the pitch, stand-in captain Barry looked like a player ten years his junior as he hassled and harried his way around Vicarage Road. Despite the loss, Barry was in fine form and proved that his creative edge to produce a defence-splitting pass is still an ability that he possesses. His first-time curling lob over the Watford defence allowed Romelu Lukaku to finish calmly past Heurelho Gomes, but it was all down hill for the Toffees from there.