What did we learn from Ronald Koeman's first game in charge at Everton?
Everton's Premier League campaign began on Saturday with a 1-1 draw against Tottenham. In a game of two halves, what did we learn from Ronald Koeman's first game in charge at Goodison?
1. Koeman's new style of play
There are many positives Everton fans can take from their draw against Tottenham. In the first half, Everton dominated the game and looked like the side to take all three points. The Blues took the lead in the fifth minute with a free-kick from Ross Barkley.
Tottenham came back fighting in the second-half and Erik Lamela's header salvaged a point for Spurs. It was noticeable how quickly Everton are willing to get the ball forward compared to last season.
Koeman wants to play attacking football and a formation of three at the back is a style that Koeman usually went for at Southampton. The Blues showed plenty of fight - something that they lacked last season.
2. Idrissa Gueye is a player to look out for
Idrissa Gueye was the stand out player for Everton. The midfielder put in some big tackles and played a key role in securing a point for the Blues.
Some Everton fans questioned Koeman's decision of signing the Senegalese midfielder from Aston Villa for £7 million. However, Gueye proved the doubters wrong by putting in an impressive first performance.
3. More signings are needed
Despite a positive start to the Premier League campaign, Everton still need to bring in new faces.
The Blues have signed Yannick Bolasie from Crystal Palace and are closing in on Lamine Kone from Sunderland. Everton are also being linked with a move for Manchester City's goalkeeper Joe Hart. Koeman is also on the look-out for a new striker, and all of these will have the team trending in an upwards direction.
4. Could it be Ross Barkley's year?
A player with so much potential, but failed to make much of an impact last season. Barkley had a promising game and scored from a free-kick. In a year that could be make or break for the England midfielder, working under Koeman's new style of play could benefit Barkley and turn the 22-year old into one of Everton’s star players.
5. Gerard Deulofeu needs to work on his finishing touches
Gerard Deulofeu caused Vertonghen and Alderweireld problems throughout the game, However the Spaniard failed to score. The chance Deulofeu created in the first-half should have put Everton 2-0 up.
If Deulofeu works on his finishing touches then he will turn into a real threat for opposing teams to be wary of.
Despite putting in a good performance, Koeman substituted the 22-year old in the second half due to lack of fitness - something that will need to be worked on.