Saturday’s loss at home to Burnley has added pressure onto Everton manager Ronald Koeman. Koeman’s men got off to a good start this season by winning their first four matches in all competitions and even taking points from the Etihad. However, since then, Everton have only picked up one more Premier League win and have only won two out of nine matches. This has put pressure on the Dutchman, but here are some reasons why the Goodison Park faithful should stay faithful to him.
Firstly, Koeman has been here and done it before. He joined Southampton in 2014/15 and during that campaign, the Saints went through runs of five losses straight and twice that season they only won one match in six. However, he also guided Southampton to a magnificent 7th placed finish. The following season he bettered that by finishing fifth and qualifying for the Europa League again. However, that season also saw bad runs, such as one win in eight and one win in ten. Even during his time in Merseyside, last campaign between September and December 2016, the Toffees only got one win in eleven. So Koeman has had bad runs before, but has got out of them in style. This is just another one.
In addition, the transfer window has been magnificent. The loss of Lukaku was the highlight but Koeman has brought in such talent as Pickford, Rooney, Sandro, Sigurdsson and Keane. He has also done this at Southampton, in one transfer window bringing in Pelle, Bertrand, Cedric, Long, Forster and Mane. It should also be noted that Mane, seeing the player he has since become, only scored one goal in his debut season before Boxing Day, while Shane Long only scored three Premier League goals before May, so it is clear that these things take time. Koeman built up these players and helped them dramatically, so he can do the same at Goodison.
Finally, as the world is too tough on managers nowadays. They’re not given time, as we’ve seen with di Matteo, Moyes, Hughton, etc. Koeman has already worked wonders in England and with Everton, they surely must stick with him. Also, one of the main anti-Koeman arguments is that he has spent nearly £100m, but that is the world we live in. Transfer prices have inflated hugely and that is what needs to be spent to be successful, which Koeman is very capable of being at Everton.