Ronald Koeman: Valencia was much worse than Everton 'crisis'

Ronald Koeman: Valencia was much worse than Everton 'crisis'

The underdogs won't be expected to pull off a result away from home, therefore Howe has everything to gain, in contrast to an under-pressure Koeman who has it all to throw away this weekend.

Having been cast aside by Koeman last term, Niasse made his mark in Everton's EFL cup victory over Sunderland in midweek with a stunning goal and the Senegal striker rescued the Toffees with a superb cameo on Saturday.

At Goodison Park today, Bournemouth winger Junior Stanislas is set to be handed the chance to continue his goal spree.

With several new signings still to settle, especially those tasked with creativity and goal scoring, a 19-year old midfielder and 20-year-old striker that were already at the club are demonstrating that big-money arrivals may not always be the answer when trying to improve a team.

Continuing to show promising signs under the Dutchman's tutelage, Calvert-Lewin earned praise for his starring role, but Koeman is still tired of starting him in the upcoming game against Bournemouth. Those two goals have been scored by Wayne Rooney, who was brought back from Manchester United this past summer. Jordan Pickford, Leighton Baines and Idrissa Gueye are sure to return to the starting XI after the League Cup reshuffle, yet other positions in the team should be up for grabs on recent evidence.

And Howe's frustration was compounded when James McCarthy and Lukaku, again, struck to send Everton into the break with a three-goal advantage.

It might now be hard for the head coach to leave him out in the Premier League.

"He probably went under the radar a bit how he played for us last season; the amount of goals he scored and the amount of assists". He's listening, and if you ask something (of him), with all his commitment he tries to show that.

AFC Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings (back) has been ruled out for at least a month.

Ronald Koeman: "The first step was yesterday". That is this Saturday. "He's only 21, the game in the Premier League is more physical and intensive and you need time to adapt".

"We now play four times in a row at home in different competitions".

"Now we need to see we're still strong", said Koeman. "Winning is the best medicine for confidence".

"Second half we looked really good".

"We didn't create a lot - maybe two penalty situations - it wasn't enough", he said. But, hopefully, it was a start.

Wayne Rooney could make his 400th Premier League start.

"That is why Brighton was so important, but every game is important".