Andy Gray does not agree with Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman, Manager of Everton and Eddie Howe, Manager of AFC Bournemouth shake hands after the Premier League match between Everton and AFC Bournemouth at Goodison Park on September 23,...

Ronald Koeman recently dismissed Everton’s chances of finishing in the top four of the Premier League this season.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman at a press conference at Goodison Park on July 10, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Earlier this month, Everton manager Ronald Koeman said that he does not think that his side can challenge for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.

As quoted by The Independent, Koeman said that people need to be realistic about what the Toffees can achieve this season, and said that it is ridiculous to put too much pressure on his team.

The Dutchman also added that Everton’s realistic expectation this campaign is to finish like last season - seventh in the Premier League - and not to end up in the top four.

Ronald Koeman, Manager of Everton looks on prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on September 9, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Former Everton striker Andy Gray does not seem to agree with Koeman, and believes that the Merseyside should at least be pushing for a Champions League place given the signings they made in the summer transfer window.

“I don’t get his argument,” Gray told beIn Sports (Facebook live, September 22, 2017). “The team should be under pressure from day one to produce as much as they can.”

Gray added: “Is £150 million enough to get supporters excited and expectant? Yes, it is, and I think that pressure should be on Everton to at least be pushing for a top four.”

Ronald Koeman, Manager of Everton disputes a decision with the fourth official during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton at Etihad Stadium on August 21, 2017 in...

Everton made a number of signings in the summer transfer window, including forward Wayne Rooney, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.

The Toffees did lose star striker Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, but they should still be at least pushing for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.

It would not be a disaster if Everton failed to a claim a Champions League, but the Goodison Park faithful would surely want the team to at least make a challenge.

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