Monday 18 February 2019

Koeman: Break is frustrating


Ronald Koeman
Ronald Koeman

Under-pressure Everton manager Ronald Koeman hopes the international break will provide some much-needed respite for his players.

Sunday's defeat to Burnley made it one win from seven Premier League matches and increased the scrutiny on the Toffees boss after a £140million summer spending spree.

Everton are just two points above the bottom three, having drawn their first two matches in the Europa League, and the nature of some of their performances has been a cause for concern for fans.

Koeman would obviously like more time to work with his squad in order to try to gain some cohesion but the absence of internationals Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford (England), James McCarthy (Ireland), Ashley Williams (Wales), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Iceland), Davy Klaassen (Holland), Nikola Vlasic (Croatia), Cuco Martina (Curacao) and Idrissa Gana Gueye (Senegal) makes that impossible.

"It is all about the situation the team is in," Koeman said. "Maybe, sometimes, it is good for everyone to freshen up. Sometimes if you have a defeat and don't have the players to train it is more frustrating."

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