Everton’s manager Ronald Koeman knows exactly what home fans want, and has been working on getting his squad to play that way too.
Goodison Park had been described as ‘toxic’ more than a few times in the last couple of seasons as Everton chose to sit back and ping the ball around aimlessly, and the Dutchman has worked quickly to get the workrate up among the players.
In the October edition of the Everton magazine, he says -
“This is one of the reasons that we like to press (at) home because they don’t like a team waiting.
“Sometimes, of course, you need to play football from the back but sometimes direct play can be more dangerous and if you can change that in the game that’s another quality again.
“But I know the people like it when the team fight, when the team is pressing, when the team is playing football and that was one of the targets for us to make that happen in this team.”
This month’s issue of the magazine has midfield sensation Idrissa Gueye on the cover, and also has stories with club captain Phil Jagielka on his work with Everton in the Community, Koeman’s backroom staffer Fran Alonso on how he made his way to Everton, an interview with member of ‘The Holy Trinity’ Colin Harvey, features on youngsters Jonjoe Kenny and Beni Banigime, and lots more.