Ronald Koeman has a good squad at his disposal but Everton's performances have been dire
It’s not been a good week for Dutchmen in the Premier League. Frank de Boer’s sacking at Crystal Palace on Monday was shocking, as was Everton’s defeat to Atalanta in the Europa League. Like his compatriot, Ronald Koeman is a man with major problems to rectify.
The Italians outclassed his side in every conceivable way in their 3-0 Europa League's win and at times it was embarrassing to watch for the travelling Everton fans.
The Blues lacked any form of fluidity, intent or even, as their manager put it afterward, passion. It was the latter which hurt the most, according to the Dutchman. He found his side's indifferent display surprising but the watching Evertonians will not have shared that emotion.
Recent defeats to Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea have offered up a similar story.
In both of those games, Everton’s opponents came away comfortable winners with 3-0 and 2-0 victories. It could have easily been 6-0 for both and it was the same with Atalanta.
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At times, the Blues poor performance made Atalanta look like Barcelona at their peak.
To describe it as worrying would be an understatement and Koeman will need to find a way to motivate his side, especially with a trip to free scoring Manchester United up next for his team.
Fixing his ailing side will not be the only worry for the Blues boss; there will soon be a nagging doubt about his future at the club creeping in.
Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is unlikely to sack him anytime soon but he will not wait long for results to improve.
He has already shown his ruthlessness to sack Roberto Martinez and he would not hesitate to replace Koeman either.
After an outlay of 140m this summer, the Iranian businessman will not believe he has gotten value for his money so far. He will have expected far more from Koeman and his team.
It is easy to overlook defeats to Chelsea and Tottenham; those sides are vastly superior to Everton in almost every single way. The defeat to Atalanta is much less forgivable.
They may have finished fourth in Serie A last season but Everton would consider themselves a better side, especially after their summer business.
The trip to Old Trafford can be put to one side but after that, the pressure will be on. Everton have four home games in a row, all against sides they should be beating comfortably.
Those games will provide Koeman with the perfect opportunity to fix his flailing system and get confidence flowing. Putting points on the board would help too. Doing so will likely put an end to some of the major doubts now being raised about him.
However, a failure to will all four in a comfortable manner will do quite the opposite. Not only will it leave a dark cloud hanging around Goodison Park, it will have some calling for his sacking.
The Dutchman is not in danger yet but the pressure is on. If performances don’t improve soon, he will be joining his compatriot in the managerial sack pile.