Koeman won't let Barkley leave Everton on the cheap

Lynette Rowe
August 12, 2017

Everton Manager, Ronald Koeman, has admitted that it is a hard task for the club to replace former striker, Romelu Lukaku, who now plays for Manchester United.

Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy has been left out of Everton's squad for their Premier League opener against Stoke City as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.

Everton took four out of a possible six points last season - including a 1-0 win at home - although we know better than to use this as an indicator for Saturday's game.

Romelu Lukaku can open his Manchester United account by scoring first against West Ham tomorrow at odds of 5-2. I won't say impossible but 25 goals is a lot and we have to find other ways; to find productivity from other players.

Lawrenson added that he is looking to see a better start to the season for Stoke having struggled early on last season, but he isn't seriously anxious about their fortunes this season. The Spaniard netted four times in Stokes eight matches.

Negotiations with Porto have proved frustrating but Press Association Sport understands a deal just in excess of B£7million has now been agreed and the player has settled his own outstanding contractual issues with the Portuguese club, which had been a contributory factor in delaying the deal. "All being well, he should be with us today (Friday) at some point and hopefully we will get that done".

"Still now we really have one striker, in my opinion", he said.

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"It's probably going to be a day too late (for Everton game)".

Hughes is under no illusions that it will be a hard early test for his team.

Everton are now expected to kick on this season having made those additions, with England stars of the future Pickford and Keane both major additions, as well as Sandro - who impressed so much for Malaga last season - and the returning Rooney.

But the manager concedes that, for all Everton's shrewd business, it may only allow them to stand still, at least in terms of league position.

"It's always a close game when we play Everton - a draw and they won by a single goal last season".

While the club's fans are keen to see the arrival of a few more players to shoulder the attacking responsibilities, we for one, believe that the Dutchman is already ahead of the market having signed a very underrated yet exciting entity in the form of former Barcelona striker Sandro Ramirez.

It's what they have lost that is troubling. "We are looking forward to getting started".

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