Lineker backs Koeman to succeed

Ronald Koeman has made a bold impression leading a revitalised Everton side this season and hopes to guide the Toffees back into Europe, following what has been a disappointing few seasons for the Merseyside outfit.

Making their best ever start to a Premier League campaign initially, Koeman’s side have fallen off the pace in recent weeks and face a stern test to get things back on track this weekend after the international break, following an embarrassing 5-0 drubbing against Chelsea.

However, former England striker Gary Lineker believes Koeman is the perfect man to put Everton back on the path they want to be, telling The Liverpool Echo:

“He’s very tactically astute and a strong personality which is important in this day and age,”

“He got off to a great start and obviously the results haven’t been quite as brilliant in the last few weeks but you van see he’s making progress. It’s early days but I think he’ll do a really good job here.”

The next six weeks could make or break Everton’s season as they look to continue their assault for a European finish this season and their run until the New Year sees them face Swansea City, Southampton, Manchester United, Watford, Arsenal, Liverpool, Leicester City and Hull.

With just one win in their last seven across all competitions, Everton need an improved performance against Swansea this weekend.