Will Everton enjoy a successful term under Ronald Koeman?
Everton fans will be hoping for a better time of it this season having underachieved massively last term. Roberto Martinez could only lead his side to an 11th place finish in the Premier League and as a result faced the chop, much to the delight of the fans.
The man to replace him is former Southampton manager Ronald Koeman. It’s been an interesting summer for the Dutchman, who has tried to stamp his authority on the transfer window with limited success to-date. The Toffees have been linked to a host of high profile players such as Juan Mata, Axel Witsel, Wesley Sneijder and Marko Arnautovic but so far their summer signings look uninspiring.
Fellow Dutchman and sidekick Maarten Stekelenburg has followed Koeman to Goodison, with youngsters Chris Renshaw and Bassala Sambou also joining the club from Oldham and Coventry respectively. The Blues do expect to sign Idrissa Gueye from Aston Villa having triggered his £7million release clause.
It also looks as though Everton will be without John Stones for the upcoming campaign, as talks with Man City continue over a £50million move. If Koeman can bring in the necessary replacements and strengthen the squad in key areas, a talented Everton side with an organised and well-respected manager ought to enjoy life more in 2016/17.
So how will they fare? Everton to secure a top 6 finish is a very generous 5/1 (as short as 10/3 elsewhere). Worth noting that Koeman led his Southampton side to sixth place last time out. Everton start the season at home to Tottenham, followed by a trip to West Brom and then Stoke at home. If you fancy them to win their first three games they’re 12/1 to do so.
If Everton are to push on this season they will need Romelu Lukaku firing. The Belgian was the fourth top goalscorer in the Premier League last season with 18 goals and he is priced at 12/1 to be the top goalscorer next season. If you don’t fancy Everton to succeed under Koeman, a bottom half finish is 12/5.