By now most of our readers are aware that we are pretty big on Ronald Koeman and his skills as a Premier League manager. The 53-year old is on the verge of joining Everton after two successful years with Southampton.
Blue side of Merseyside desperately need a lift and Koeman is just the right for this job. His shrewd eye for transfers and getting the best out of players make him the ideal man to put behind the torturous time for the club under Roberto Martinez.
No more free points at Goodison
During David Moyes’ era, Everton were a very hard team to beat. Bigger sides used to double think their strategies ahead of a game at Goodison, however, the club seemed to have lost their identity in recent times.
Martinez’s liking to play open and expansive football led Everton to drop vital points at home last season, much to the disappointment of Toffees supporters. However, with Koeman in charge now, Everton will be expected to be at their competitive best starting next season.
Strategic transfer signings
One of Koeman’s specialties is to sign quality players at very affordable prices and turn them in to stars. Likes of Sadio Mane, Virgil Van Dijk, Graziano Pelle, Dusan Tadic and several others rose to fame under the Dutch manager at Southampton.
Everton can expect something similar or even better considering Farhad Moshiri’s financial support next season. Koeman is expected to restore balance at Goodison and bring the club back where they should have been in last 24 months.
Challenges awaiting Koeman at Everton
First and foremost, Koeman must keep hold of the want-away stars including Ross Barkley and John Stones. Romelu Lukaku seems certain to quit the club as the incoming manager must find an able replacement for the Belgian striker.
According to reports, Koeman will be given a £165million war-chest (including Lukaku’s sale) to build an exciting squad at Goodison Park this summer. While Koeman may be a brilliant tactician, he is not used to be working with such big budgets. That is where, he will have to think long and hard before spending the cash at his new club.
Watch out Premier League
After Leicester won the trophy last season, every team with an improved budget will be wishing for the same. While that may not be possible with Everton next season, but they can certainly cause huge upsets in English football.
Last season we saw Southampton beat the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham. Given how Koeman likes to play entertaining football, Goodison Park can brace themselves for an exciting 2016/17 season while rest of the league can only wait in anticipation as to what is in stores for them when they travel to Merseyside later next season.