After Everton’s disastrous season under Roberto Martinez, the faithful at Goodison Park will be keen to put it behind them.
With Martinez in charge last year, the team lacked tactical awareness and fight. The players stopped playing for the Spaniard, and the inevitable happened.
The arrival of new manager Ronald Koeman will be a welcome relief though, and after two successful seasons with Southampton, he is probably the best manager they could have appointed.
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With two years of Premier League experience under his belt, and boasting great tactical awareness, he is the ideal man to take Everton to the level they should be.
After leaving Southampton, Koeman will be keen to take Everton to a level above his previous team, and we’ve identified some areas at Goodison Park that he’ll need to strengthen.
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Improve The Defence
Everton were extremely let down by their defensive unit last year.
While their attacking players threatened opposing teams, and scored their fair share of goals, at the other end of the pitch, they were extremely sloppy.
As a result, they drew or lost games they could have easily won if only they had a more disciplined defence.
A big reason for this was the tactics of Roberto Martinez. He was unable or unwilling to keep the defence solid.
A hallmark of Southampton under Koeman last season was their defensive shape, and that is something he must take with him to Goodison Park.
Sign a Striker
With Everton talisman Romelu Lukaku rumoured to be leaving Goodison Park, there is likely to be a void in the striker position.
Everton were an even greater attacking threat when Lukaku was involved, and if he is to leave, he will be badly missed.
He contributed to 19 of Everton’s Premier League goals, and terrorised opposing defences, with his strength and pace causing them all sorts of problems.
Ronald Koeman will have his work cut out trying to replace him, and this will be one of first things on his to do list.
Make The Players More Tactically Aware
Everton’s lack of tactical awareness contributed greatly to their poor season, and Ronald Koeman is renowned for his ability to make teams tactically sharp.
He took Southampton to sixth place last season and that was largely due to great team shape and an ability to adapt to the teams they faced.
Everton already have some great players, but in order for them to fulfill their potential, they will need to be more disciplined as individual players and as a team.
Koeman will focus on this and will look to work his magic. He has done it before while at Everton, and he’ll need to do it once more.
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