Everton's season so far... including improvements that have to be made

Everton manager Ronaldo Koeman

Everton have had a rocky few weeks and are currently in 7th position, but what are the highs and lows of their season so far?

Everton manager Ronald Koeman applauds fans after the game

Ronald Koeman started his career at Everton with a bang; the Dutchman boasted a six game unbeaten run in all competitions at Goodison.

Koeman's honeymoon period was well and truly over after a defeat to Norwich in the EFL cup, a string of bad results followed.

What have been Everton's highs and lows this season and what improvements need to be made after the international break?

Highs

Everton's Romelu Lukaku in action

Ronald Koeman has been a breath of fresh air at Everton, bringing much-needed discipline and honesty to Goodison Park. It's clear to see that changes are slowly happening. The Blues defence is a lot stronger and Koeman is getting the best out of Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgium international's hat trick against Sunderland andindividual effort to put the Blues 1-0 up at the Etihad shows why on his day Lukaku is one of the best strikers in Europe.

Idrissa Gueye and Ashley Williams have been great signings for Everton - both have been terrific this season. Gueye has brought energy and fearless tackling to the side. While Williams' leadership is something the Blues were once lacking.

Low's

Chelsea's Eden Hazard scores their fourth goal

The horror of Everton's 5-0 defeat to Chelsea is clear evidence that the Blues have got a long way to go before qualifying for Europe. The lack of fight and quality of some of the players was highlighted for everyone to see.

A shock defeat to Norwich in the EFL cup was also another eye opener that the Blues are not yet at the level they should be.

Improvements

Everton manager Ronald Koeman

January will be a crucial time for Koeman, the Dutchman will have to bring in a proven goal scorer - the Blues depend heavily on Lukaku and have no back up if he was to pick up an injury.

The Blues should target a European finish, although this will not be easy. Following the Chelsea result, Koeman needs to pick up a string of good results over the festive period. A win over Liverpool would be the first time in six years.

The two teams will meet in December, if Koeman could pull a win out the bag then that will certainly prove any doubters wrong. A win would also show that Everton are capable of beating the top teams.

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