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Jesse Robinson

16 Sep 2016 - 4:08 PM  UPDATED 20 Sep 2016 - 2:55 PM

We are only four games into the Ronald Koeman era at Everton but things look promising for

the Toffees.


The Merseyside club have equalled their best start to a Premier League season, and are

undefeated, securing ten of a possible twelve points and sitting third on the table.

Koeman was poached from Southampton to replace the sacked Roberto Martinez after

finishing in 11th place.


Sky Sports pundits, Phil Neville and Jamie Carragher even called him the signing of the



Everton have made such a strong start that Koeman is already targeting European football.

Following a 3-0 drubbing of Sunderland, Koeman claimed his side had the qualities to aim

for European qualification this season in an interview with BBC Sport.

"I know the quality of players, we are very strong and had some good signings, I think

Europe is a realistic target.”

Koeman made an immediate mark in the transfer window, selling young defender John

Stones to Manchester City, allowing the Toffee’s to sign Ashley Williams and Yannick



The former Southampton boss also managed to hang on to in demand striker, Romelu Lukaku

against the reported interests of European giants, Juventus.


Everton capped off a well-orchestrated transfer window with the signing of Idrissa Gueye

from the relegated Aston Villa.


The former Villa man was in the top five for interceptions in Europe’s top leagues (141),

third in the premier league for tackles (144) and first in Europe for recovering the ball (344).

The Dutch boss has also brought his style of play from the south coast that brought the Saints

so much success.


Everton can play Koeman’s uniform style that competes against the top clubs and defeat

smaller clubs, all with arguably more talent and financial backing.


Take Everton’s first few games, Koeman’s style on debut held last season’s 3 rd place finshers

to a 1-1 draw, without star striker Lukaku and last week’s 3-0 drubbing Sunderland show the

effects of Koeman’s strategy and ethos in place.


The Everton boss pointed out that it’s only early in the season but Everton fans have a lot to

be excited about.