Van der Meyde says Koeman will make Everton supporters look forward to trips to Goodison Park again

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman

The former Everton midfielder believes the club's fans will love the Dutch manager's style of football.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman applauds fans at the end of the match

Former Everton midfielder Andy van der Meyde has told the club's official website that supporters will quickly take to Ronald Koeman's style of football and will soon return to relishing the prospect of making the trip to Goodison Park.

Koeman was announced as Roberto Martinez's successor at the Toffees earlier this week and arrives off the back of a successful two years at Southampton.

During his time on the south coast, the Dutch boss built on the foundations laid by Mauricio Pochettino and put together a solid yet exciting side which finished seventh in 2014-15 and sixth this term, with this season's finish the Saints' highest since 1985.

He now has the task of replacing Martinez on Merseyside after the Spanish manager was sacked following another underwhelming season characterised by inconsistent results and defensive struggles.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez with Southampton manager Ronald Koeman before the match

The Toffees won just six league matches at home in the most recent season, and twice went two-and-a-half months without a home victory.

That understandably left supporters disillusioned and dreading visits to their home ground, but Van der Meyde is certain that Koeman can restore fans' faith and excitement.

The Dutchman, who played under Koeman at Ajax in the early 2000s, told Everton's website: "The Everton fans will like him. They are going to enjoy the football he will bring. They are going to like going to Goodison. You will not see defensive football.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman

"Ronald’s teams defend well, but his teams defend forward - they press the ball and pressure the opposition. They have to work hard and play at a high tempo but the number one thing is playing attacking, winning football. Ronald will make sure the defence is good and he likes strong midfielders.

"He will play with two defensive midfield men and one attacking midfielder, or one defensive midfielder and two attacking midfielders. He likes wide players and strong strikers. He is a tactical manager who isn’t afraid to make changes and do different things. But he has a clear way he wants to play, and he focuses on his own side’s strengths and improving them."

Everton fans will certainly be hoping that Koeman can repeat the same success he enjoyed at St. Mary's as they look to restore their status as a top-flight club and begin to climb back up towards the European places.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman acknowledges fans at the end of the match

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