Everton boss Ronald Koeman has cautioned the public to have realistic expectations of his squad after they crashed to a 3-0 defeat against Tottenham this weekend.
The Toffees had a big spending summer during which they signed the likes of Gulfi Sigurdsson, Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen, Sandro Ramirez and Cuco Martina.
Despite this, the Merseyside club could not handle the physicality of Spurs this weekend and were consigned to defeat following a goal from Christian Eriksen combined with a brace from the talismanic Harry Kane.
The Toffees have now picked up just four points from their opening four games of the season and Koeman urged the public to be realistic about his clubs expectations for this season. He said, “In the second half you could see we were far away from Tottenham, but in the first half an hour we were much closer,”
“We knew they could change systems and play three at the back but, okay, we were surprised a little bit by the way they played in midfield.
“It made it difficult for us. We changed some players to try and help us in the second half but we conceded the third goal straight away.
“I’ve said before I think, along with Manchester City, Spurs are the best footballing side (in the Premier League). The difference is they have had the same group of players for a long time now.
“If you think we are trying to join them in that [top six] pack, it will be really difficult.”