Stoke City Premier League - 12 August 2017

Doug Mendoza
August 12, 2017

By contrast, Everton gaffer Koeman demands fast starts.

"They've got a good side and they've spent money from letting good players go, perhaps similar to Southampton a couple of years ago".

Koeman says he will only be able to make a true assessment of his team after they complete their transfer business. Given that Everton are not short on creative abilities, we believe, Ramirez is set to improve on his numbers in the upcoming season.

"Like everybody knows we are still working on some targets and that is hard, but if we can do the business we want I think we are stronger than last season".

McCarthy, who has been linked with a move away from Everton, sat out the final pre-season friendly against Sevilla on Sunday with Koeman insisting the former Wigan player wasn't fit.

"It's one that's frustrated a lot of people, not least myself, but now it's likely to get done unless there's any last-minute hitches, but we don't anticipate any".

But Koeman reflected on the top sides' far superior attack forces, saying: "Compare that to the big teams and what they have on the bench - or even in the stands - it is a big difference to Everton".

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"It is hard because if we had Bolasie and Coleman available and we have Funes available, the situation is different to now", he told the Liverpool Echo. "I heard some rumours that the talks broke down but we are still in negotiations with Swansea".

Everton manager Koeman believes Barkley will leave Goodison Park this summer but insists the club will not be hostage to a deliberately late, undervalued offer for the midfielder.

"It is hard to replace Romelu Lukaku", he said in Thursday's press conference. We need to find productivity from other players. While he can also play on the flanks when required by his manager, he has shown that he is the most effective when deployed as a central forward.

For Stoke, Mark Hughes opts for a 3-4-2-1 formation, with Saido Berahino picked to lead the line with support from Xherdan Shaqiri and Bojan Krkic.

He takes his side to Goodison hoping the fuss surrounding the 31-year-old's return could have a disruptive effect on Everton.

Everton face a hard start to the season, with the visit of Stoke followed by games against Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and United.

"It's his boyhood club, so clearly there's going to be a lot of emotion and around the game". "All being well, he should be with us today (Friday) at some point and hopefully we will get that done. Maybe we can capitalise on that".

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