Everton vs Bournemouth: Injury Report - McCarthy still out

Faith Castro
September 24, 2017

The real problem for Everton was a lack of creativity, something Sigurdsson was supposed to remedy, yet the club's record signing found himself pushed out to the left with Rooney notionally playing on the right.

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Over 500 days after first appearing for Everton, he came full circle by netting the final goal in the routine 3-0 victory over recently relegated Sunderland in the Carabao Cup.

The underdogs won't be expected to pull off a result away from home, therefore Howe has everything to gain, in contrast to an under-pressure Koeman who has it all to throw away this weekend.

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson is still working towards full fitness after suffering a second serious knee ligament injury inside 16 months back in February.

And Koeman, whose side were below-par for much of Saturday's home encounter, was quick to acknowledge the importance of Niasse's display.

"He listens and if you ask something of him he tries to do it with all his commitment".

With several new signings still to settle, especially those tasked with creativity and goal scoring, a 19-year old midfielder and 20-year-old striker that were already at the club are demonstrating that big-money arrivals may not always be the answer when trying to improve a team.

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Ronald Koeman hopes Everton's "medicine of confidence" will kick in when the Toffees host Bournemouth on Saturday.

The boy has those kind of qualities that we need when we are struggling. "Good performances usually bring winning games", he said.

"We know there is room for improvement and are not saying we are fully back".

Facing a fourth straight league defeat, Koeman threw on Niasse in place of Wayne Rooney - who could have been awarded a penalty in a first half bereft of chances - and the Dutchman's change soon paid dividends.

"That is why Brighton was so important, but every game is important. We have to be very level and make sure we focus on our next game".

After having endured a disappointing start to the campaign, Bournemouth picked up all three points in a comeback win over Brighton to finally kickstart their campaign.

Relying mostly on switching the ball to engineer space from crosses from the flanks, Everton tried to provide service to Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Wayne Rooney and the young striker went close early on when he nodded Baines's centre just wide. Head to the match centre, the official App or the evertonfc.com homepage on matchday to find it.

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