Ronald Koeman admits Everton need more firepower after selling Romelu Lukaku

Ruben Hill
July 28, 2017

It was a frustrating and testing night for an Everton side that has spent a lot of money following the near £90 million sale of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United and it took a deflected goal from defender Leighton Baines to earn his team a lead ahead of next week's return leg. "Maybe everybody thought we would get a bigger result at home but everyone needs to know it's the fourth week of pre-season and we can not expect that this team is at 100%".

I think we got more control of the game when I came deep into some pockets to drag the midfield around and give us space.

Asked for his views on Rooney's first competitive game under his charge, Koeman said: "Good, positive".

"I've said everything in the last few weeks but it's great to be out there in a blue shirt".

"They need to do more than they did tonight and maybe that makes a totally different game for us", Koeman said.

"Now I can get down more to focusing on the football over the coming weeks". Judging by last night's performance and considering the number of new faces that have arrived at Goodison Park over the summer, it may just take time for the squad to gel and for boss Ronald Koeman to find a winning formula. "He had a good first touch and he had more freedom when Sandro came in and the team got better in the second half".

The stubborn Slovakian outfit made life tough for Everton, but Koeman remains confident his side will be in the Europa League play-offs. "We know we aren't 100 per cent yet as we're in pre-season", Koeman said.

Second-half goals from Domenico Criscito and Aleksandr Kokorin helped Zenit St Petersburg claim a 2-0 win over Bnei Yehuda in Israel.

"Of course he would like to create a little more and he would like to score more goals but he worked very hard". "It's very early on in the season.I know we can play better but it's important to win and get the clean sheet".

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