From Netherlands: Ronald Koeman’s player ‘headache’ after promises broken

Under-pressure Everton manager Ronald Koeman is seeking comfort in playing the next four games at home, following four consecutive defeats in all competitions.

Sunderland, 21st in the Championship and with just one win in seven games themselves, present the ideal opportunity after Sunday’s 4-0 defeat at Old Trafford.

“But, okay, if Mkhitaryan of United gets one year to adapt to the Premier League, we have eight new players”.

“And if you don’t win and you have a big number of players in your squad and you have doubts about how you need to start, the system to play, but that’s normal”.

Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson agreed that Everton showed signs of improvement despite the thrashing and they have the character to turn things around.

Everton failed to generate a reaction following the disappointing 3-0 loss to Atalanta in the Europa League.

“It is hard to say that after a 4-0 loss but we will stay together, stay positive and keep working”, said Sigurdsson while talking to club’s official website.

Despite the scoreline suggesting a hammering, Everton dominated much of the second half, before a mistake from Ashley Williams led to the second goal and Koeman was pleased with what he saw from his team.

“It does not look good at the moment, but we are more than good enough to turn this around”.

Everton’s stance on Koeman could change in the coming weeks, however, ahead of a run of home games they should be expected to pick up points from. “But we are going to have to improve for the next few games”, said Sigurdsson.

Sunderland are next up for Everton in the Carabeo Cup on Wednesday before the Premier League match against Bournemouth at Goodison Park on Saturday.

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