Koeman calls player pow-wow as Everton seek answers
Ronald Koeman has held a crisis meeting with senior players at Everton after admitting he is worried by the weakness, doubts and loss of defensive organisation in his team.
Everton spent almost £150m in the summer transfer market yet “are not at the level of last season”, according to their manager, who was scathing in his condemnation of the Europa League defeat at Atalanta on Thursday. The woeful performance came after Koeman had demanded a reaction to the 3-0 defeat by Tottenham last Saturday, and the manner of the third consecutive loss prompted clear-the-air talks with the likes of Wayne Rooney and Phil Jagielka at Finch Farm yesterday.
Koeman, who took responsibility for the 3-0 loss at Atalanta, said: “I will have a meeting with most of the players, the key players. Not a young talent of 18 or 19 because it’s time for the experienced players to stand up. I wasn’t so worried after [the 2-0 loss at] Chelsea. It starts with the reaction in the second half against Tottenham. That 45 minutes and the first 45 of yesterday are enough reason to be worried.” The failure to adequately replace Romelu Lukaku, whom Everton confront
Ronald Koeman said the younger members of the Everton squad would not be included in the meeting, because ‘it’s time for the experienced players to stand up’