Upcoming home fixtures can change Everton’s season says Koeman

Upcoming home fixtures can change Everton’s season says Koeman


Ronald Koeman hopes that a 3-0 League Cup win over Sunderland on Thursday morning will end Everton’s early 2017-18 misery.

A dominant and much needed victory for the Toffees saw Dominic Calvert-Lewin record a brace, along with a goal from the returning Oumar Niasse.

The result halted a run of four consecutive defeats across all competitions – with three of those being away fixtures. Currently sitting 18th on the Premier League table, Koeman believes that their next three matches all coming at Goodison Park will provide an opportunity to generate positive momentum.

“It’s normal if you don’t win that it is difficult,” he told reporters after the match.

“But let’s hope, we started tonight to win at home and we have three to go, and if we get three wins, I think the whole situation will be different, and I will go into the international break with a laugh on my face.

“And if not, maybe it will be a different face!

“In a difficult period, the best medicine is scoring goals and winning games. Overall it was positive.”

Continuing to show promising signs under the Dutchman’s tutelage, Calvert-Lewin earned praise for his starring role, but Koeman is still weary of starting him in the upcoming game against Bournemouth.

“It is still a young player, (and) sometimes you need to protect him. But he is a good player – he will be stronger, faster, better,” he said.

“He scored a great first goal and is working well. He is a good boy and he will come. But we have more players in that position.

“He took his chance tonight. He scored two goals, was working hard, and that is good. It’s all about keeping going, and keeping developing young players.”

Toffees hero Wayne Rooney was absent from the Carabao Cup clash, yet Koeman insisted that this was not due to his recent legal controversy.

“It was not about his situation, of the court. I thought I needed to rest some players and Wayne was one of them. He asked me to play tonight and I said ‘no, [you will play on[ Saturday’,” he added.