Everton boss Koeman hits back at Jose Mourinho

Everton youngster Dominic Calvert Lewin is pushing for a starting spot as the Toffees face Atalanta

Everton was trailing 0-1 to Antonio Valencia's early stunner but playing well and threatening an equalizer.

Koeman, however, said his targets were unchanged from his debut season at the club when Everton finished seventh and that he needed more time before they could push for a top-four place. However, barring a stunning long range goal in the Europa League qualifiers against Hajduk Split, Sigurdsson is yet to show Everton supporters what all the fuss is about.

"Sorry, but if there's anybody who sees something in here [Mourinho's claim] that is realistic and is possible for this Everton, please come up". If Mkhitaryan gets one year to adapt to the Premier League, maybe I give my eight players one season to adapt.

Now, tomorrow's League Cup clash at home to second-tier Sunderland takes on huge importance with bookmakers William Hill making Koeman second favorite to be the next manager sacked. "But we are going to have to improve for the next few games". Frank de Boer's sacking after just four games by Crystal Palace underlined the need for instant success in the Premier League and bookies' odds on Koeman becoming the next manager to be sacked tumbled over the weekend.

"He was English, he was young, he was scoring goals, he was a creative player and with more experience he was also important for the team and for the dressing room".

Everton have since lost matches to Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Atalanta and Manchester United, leading to discussions about the team's lack of goals.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "We've already had one managerial casualty this season, and Koeman could soon become the second if this terrible run continues".

Rooney is still a good player that is able to contribute to many areas of play and help support his team, but an out-and-out goalscorer is needed if Rooney is to be successful.

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