Everton 0 – Burnley 1
Everton’s woeful start to the 2017/2018 campaign was confirmed on Sunday with a 1-0 home defeat to Burnley.
The Toffees have been seriously poor this campaign, in both the Premier League and Europa League.
This despite a huge outlay on players in the summer following the departure of Romelu Lukaku.
As has been widely commented upon, Everton did bring in a lot of players and spent big, but failed to replace the free-scoring Manchester United striker.
So, it wasn’t a huge surprise that Burnley eked out a 1-0 win at Goodison Park on Sunday thanks to a Jeff Hendrick goal.
Is Ronald Koeman in trouble?
After a strong first campaign in charge of Everton, fans are now beginning to call for the sacking of Ronald Koeman.
The former Barcelona defender just isn’t getting the best out of what is available to him.
As shown by seven points from seven games in the Premier League this season. And, one point from two in the Europa League.
Everton fans would likely accept seventh this season. But not 16th.
Farhad Moshiri releases statement on Ronald Koeman
On Monday morning, with Everton fans reeling from their loss to Burnley, majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has released a statement.
Moshiri cites Everton’s difficult fixture list so far: “We have played the four title contenders away.”
He says that only Burnley at home was an “unexpected loss”.
And, blames “mental and physical fatigue”.
Moshiri adds that Koeman has “my total support”.
See the statement below.
It doesn’t get much easier for Everton…
Everton’s fixture list does not look a great deal easier after the international break.
The Toffees head to Brighton away then face Lyon (Europa League) and Arsenal at home. Before trips to Chelsea (Carabao Cup) and Leicester.
Already, the matches against Brighton and Leicester have a relegation battle feel about them…
— Jim White (@JimWhite) October 2, 2017