Everton’s win over Middlesborough at the weekend gave them their best start since 1978 and also the perfect start for new coach Ronald Koeman. The former Southampton manager has led his side to 4 wins and 1 draw in the first 5 games and they now sit second just 2 points behind leaders Man City. The smiles are back on the blue half of Merseyside after a terrible campaign last season where they finished eleventh.
The Dutchman led Southampton to the Europa League places last season with an impressive sixth place finish and just 3 points off the Champions League spots. The ex-Barcelona midfielder also knows the transfer market where he spent big on Yannick Bolasie from Crystal Palace and one of the signings of the summer so far in Idrissa Gueye from Aston Villa.
The Senegalese midfielder has been hugely impressive in midfield with his quick and tenacious style and an excellent reading of the game. This week Koeman suffered his first defeat as manager in a shock defeat to championship side Norwich in the league cup so how they react this weekend against Bournemouth will be an interesting watch.
This is the Dutchman’s ninth managerial job in 16 years as a manager and the longest he spent at one club was 4 years with Ajax from 2001 to 2005, so whether he will stick around for long at Goodison Park is anyone’s guess. If he keeps up the current league form his paymasters could look to tie him down with an early contract extension.
At the moment Everton are in good hands with Koeman with a style that’s pretty easy on the eye and with goals. On current form Romelu Lukaku (9.3m) is a player you seriously need to consider in your FPL lineup with his work around the box outstanding and his finishing inside of it exceptional with 4 goals so far. The one thing missing from the Belgian’s game is consistency and he is hoping to find it this season and really kick on to his full potential. With 3 of his goals coming in one game against Sunderland, he hasn’t scored in 3 of the other league games. This is the consistency he needs to find if Everton are to make a shock run at the top 4… and if those who are picking the Belgian over Ibrahimovic for their FPL lineup are going to be successful
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Also worth a mention for your FPL side is Seamus Coleman, one of the best right backs in the Premier League. The Irishman just scored his first goal at the weekend and although Everton are not the strongest defensively, Coleman will certainly get you points down the other end. At 0.2m cheaper than his full back partner Leighton Baines, and with a better points per game average (8pts v the Englishman’s 4.2) he could be a valuable aquisition as Everton look to have a very promising lineup of fixtures ahead of them.
Kevin Mirallas is another one who has started the season off well with 1 goal and 2 assist in his 5 starts and is keeping Gerard Deulofeu out of the side. Whilst the Belgian is streaky, his pricetag of 6.6 million makes him a great mid priced alternative to the 7.5m priced Ross Barkley or indeed other players in his price-range such as Jordan Henderson or James Milner.
Everton will cause a few upsets this season but can they maintain this level for most of the season? Have they got the squad if key players get injured? At the moment everything is good on Merseyside and depending on results, Everton could be top of the table come 5pm on Saturday.
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