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Everton must be ruthless to establish themselves amongst the best

Everton's Yannick Bolasie celebrates scoring their first goal

Everton's league defeats this season have come against Bournemouth and Burnley, and the Toffees must be ruthless to be considered among the best.

Everton's Yannick Bolasie celebrates scoring their first goal

Everton have looked a strong side this season, but not without their flaws. They have suffered just two league defeats this season, a very good record. 

They have faced strong Manchester City and Tottenham sides already in that spell, yet neither of their two losses has come in those fixtures - the Toffees managed a point in both. 

Bournemouth and Burnley are the two teams to have beaten Everton this season, 1-0 and 2-1 respectively. In both games, Ronald Koeman's side would have considered themselves unlucky to lose - especially against Burnley.

Everton's Romelu Lukaku looks dejected

Everton dominated the match, and to leave Turf Moor without so much as a point would have been hard to take.

But to truly establish themselves among the league's best, the Toffees must develop a ruthlessness that sees them dispatch opposition of inferior quality.

Either side could have won the game against Bournemouth, and a draw was probably a fair result, but Everton know they should have beaten Burnley.

In that game, there was a flash of the killer instinct they needed, shown by new signing Yannick Bolasie. With star striker Romelu Lukaku bearing down on goal, Bolasie tore past him, taking the ball in his stride, and firing it into the far corner.

Everton's Yannick Bolasie scores their first goal

Lukaku is not an easy man to dispossess, and few Everton fans would have wanted a different player in a goalscoring position than the Belgian.

However, Bolasie was in his stride, and the angle favoured a right-footed shot across goal, making Bolasie a better candidate than Lukaku, who would have either shot with his weaker foot, or had to try and work it onto his stronger left side.

The former Crystal Palace winger assessed the situation in an instant, and took decisive action. Had he missed, Lukaku would likely have been furious - as would many Everton fans. To his credit, Lukaku had no tantrums, but celebrated the goal with his teammate.

Everton's Yannick Bolasie celebrates scoring their first goal with Romelu Lukaku

That ruthlessness must filter through to the rest of the team, and they must take their chances decisively against inferior opposition. If they do that, Ronald Koeman's side could be a greater force than many expect. 

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