High Koeman praise for Sigurdsson strike

Thursday, 24 August, 2017 33comments  |  Jump to most recent
Ronald Koeman echoed the thoughts of Evertonians the world over as he marvelled at Gylfi Sigurdsson's wonder-goal in Split this evening that helped usher the Blues into the group stage of the Europa League.

The Icelandic midfielder marked his full debut with a half-volley from well beyond 40 yards out that sailed majestically over Hajduk goalkeeper Dante Stipica and levelled the scores at 1-1 on the night.

His strike out of the blue, just seconds into the second half, cancelled out Josip Radošević's own stunner two minutes before the break and effectively put this playoff tie beyond the Croatians who also saw Ahmed Said's penalty saved by Jordan Pickford.

"I saw Gylfi's goal, but I don't think everyone on the bench did," Koeman said. "It was incredible. I don't have any other word for it.

"You need to be really clever to see that possibility and, after two or three weeks of the season, it could be the goal of the season."

The Dutchman also had plenty of praise for Pickford who nipped in the bud any rally by Hajduk in the second half when he guessed right and pushed Said's spot kick away to safety for Michael Keane to hack clear.

"The penalty save was key as well because there were still 30 minutes to go at that time," Koeman continued. "Jordan is showing that we made the right decision to sign him.

"He is still a young goalkeeper and I have been really impressed by what he's done from day one here.

"It is an important position in the team. There's a big future for Everton and a big future for him."

Koeman confirmed that midfielder Idrissa Gueye had been left out of the travelling squad as a precaution after he felt his hamstring slightly following Monday's draw with Manchester City.

With another important away day at Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Sunday and Morgan Schneiderlin ruled out through suspension, the club's medical staff were taking no chances with the Senegalese midfielder.

"It was too risky to start [Idrissa]," the manager explained. "He had a scan on his hamstring and everything was fine, but we didn't want to take the risk with Morgan Schneiderlin out of the game on Sunday."


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Paul Holmes
1 Posted 25/08/2017 at 01:57:01
Slightly off topic but I thought Mo Besic showed he is on the way back after his serious injury last season. He started well, had a few shaky moments in the second half, but finished strongly. I thought his passing especially, long-range, was fantastic.
James Watts
2 Posted 25/08/2017 at 02:13:10
Amazing strike no question. Hopefully he can do it again on Sunday to win us 3 points.

That apart, although his match fitness levels are not yet where they need to be, I thought overall he did ok. Solid start.

Andrew Presly
3 Posted 25/08/2017 at 02:37:02
But ok, it's what we like to see.
Paul Kelly
4 Posted 25/08/2017 at 02:40:06
The goal, wow. Closing people down, he was everywhere-ish, (Rooney was everywhere, boy does he come deep)... T

he goal, wow, the effing goal, wowzers. Happy days.

David Pearl
5 Posted 25/08/2017 at 02:48:58
We all do Ron
Mike Gaynes
6 Posted 25/08/2017 at 04:39:07
Gylfi's goal was just featured on ESPN SportsCenter here in the states. They'd never heard of him and made a bit of fun of his name, but raved about it being his first goal after signing for $50 million.
Mike Gaynes
7 Posted 25/08/2017 at 05:00:37
And it was also named the #1 play of the day.
Ian Hollingworth
8 Posted 25/08/2017 at 06:40:07
That's what he means by productivity.
Great goal and overall very happy with the team and progress being made.

However is anybody else slightly concerned that there appears to be zero rumours etc about a striker despite big Ron stating we were still after one?

Jim Harrison
9 Posted 25/08/2017 at 07:03:31
Ian, rumours piss me off. Reports are better but official club statements are all that counts

We now have European football, a good selling point to potential candidates. That said, I don't see that many quality options around that we could afford. Benteke probably possible, maybe Welbeck. Neither inspire me greatly.

Great goal. Hopefully getting that so early in his spell with us will boost his confidence. The price tag weighing a little less heavily

Gordon Roberts
10 Posted 25/08/2017 at 07:32:44
Koeman was derided on ToffeeWeb last season when he mentioned he wanted more 'productivity'. Think we saw last night from Sigurdsson and Rooney what Ronny was searching for. Both aren't at peak fitness levels yet, so there's more to come. Stay patient Blues and get behind the manager
Martin Nicholls
11 Posted 25/08/2017 at 07:44:18
Jim#9 - with Ajax eliminated, maybe time to move for Dolberg?
Stan Schofield
13 Posted 25/08/2017 at 08:47:35
Brilliant goal from Sigurdsson, such vision, speed of thought and skill.

Like the 1st half last week, in the last 15 min of the game the passing was excellent, total control. These players seem to be developing a tremendous understanding, plus there's commitment and the team spirit is high.

Martin Nicholls
14 Posted 25/08/2017 at 08:57:51
Re mine #11 - Dolberg is of course cup-tied so could only be used domestically
James Watts
15 Posted 25/08/2017 at 09:01:06
Martin #12/#14. Dolberg is highly unlikely to happen this season, to anyone let alone us. A month or so ago he came out and said he'll be staying for this season at Ajax. And so did his mum if I remember correctly. And once a mum has spoken, there is no going back!
Ian Burns
16 Posted 25/08/2017 at 09:39:34
I would just love to see us purchase Raul Jiminez who is presently plying his trade in Portugal. He knows the goal never moves and he is far from lazy - I believe he would fit perfectly in a improving set up.
Dermot Byrne
17 Posted 25/08/2017 at 09:41:47
Agree Ian. Would be great on end of Siggy crosses
Andrew Ellams
18 Posted 25/08/2017 at 09:47:31
Raul Jimenez averages 1 in 4 in the Portuguese league and managed 1 in 21 at Athletico Madrid. He doesn't have the stats of a £45million pound player.
Steve Ferns
19 Posted 25/08/2017 at 09:53:47
Raul is one still heavily linked although it has gone quiet. I would love Dolberg, but now I am thinking, he is a similar age to Dominic Calvert Lewin and Dominic is now finding his feet in the league, and Dolberg would have to do so. Dominic might just be further on than Dolberg and so, is it not worth seeing what Dominic can do, and meantime go for an older player as a stop gap for a season or two?

As for Koeman, I think he picked a decent side last night. I was a bit surprised when Everton tweeted a 442, but once we lined up in 4231 it made a lot more sense. Besic had a good game, perhaps his best in blue (or purple!) and was a lot more disciplined. Schneiderlin was great, all of the back 4 looked solid, except for Williams for the pen and the mixup with Pickford. Pickford was cool and calming. Good save for the pen. Rooney was not blowing so hard at the end of that game, and I bet he ran more in that game than Lukaku ever did playing for us. Sigurdsson did not show any signs of not being fit and ran hard all game. Lookman struggled and Lennon was a big improvement and could well have a role to play seeing as we need pace. Calvert Lewin was clever, and improved again.

All in all Koeman got the job done and the foundations are now laid. Walsh needs to secure a striker, at least, and we could be in for a good season.

I'm still intrigued to see where Sandro, Klaassen, Rooney, and Sigurdsson all play when it's a big game and they're all fit and in form.

James Watts
20 Posted 25/08/2017 at 09:57:11
Raul Jimenez doesn't have the stats of a £4.5m player Andrew! Never seen the lad and never heard of him (prior to links to us earlier in the window). Granted that doesn't mean a lot!

Has to be agent nonsense to get him a transfer as a move to China fell through. Unless Ian / Dermot know something the made up rumours section on newsnow doesn't know?! Do you guys know a bit about him judging from the comments you've posted?

Steve Brown
21 Posted 25/08/2017 at 10:05:13
Steve #19, that is a great point. We keep obsessing about Rooney's fitness, but in the games this season he has run more than Lukaku ever did. Rooney has improved our team play hugely since he joined and Sigurdsson's goal... I cant honestly recall a better one for ingenuity, speed of thought and execution.
Steve Brown
22 Posted 25/08/2017 at 10:08:17
Eden Dzeko, 33 goals for Roma last season in all competitions. I know he is 31 but I think he is worth a punt.
Steve Ferns
23 Posted 25/08/2017 at 10:11:05
Dzeko, at the right price, for a season or two might not be a bad idea. Particularly if Calvert Lewin continues to emerge, and he is the long term solution.
James Hughes
24 Posted 25/08/2017 at 10:11:54
I am getting a bit a bit nervous about the lack of links to a striker. The club have done a good job in the transfer market, so will just hope that continues.

It's been said before, and I agree, that maybe we were holding on until we qualified for the group stages. Just my opinion though. As long as don't bring in someone from the Russian league it will be a well needed signing.

Lee Courtliff
25 Posted 25/08/2017 at 10:37:26
Dzeko would definitely do for me. Always rated that lad.
Colin Glassar
26 Posted 25/08/2017 at 11:13:51
Like I've said before, Dzeko as a stop-gap for a season or two to help Sandro and DCL develop into our two main strikers.

Mangala on a season long loan or, dare I say Sakho, who are both left footed CB's. Both were great at their previous (Porto, CP) clubs.

Chris Williams
27 Posted 25/08/2017 at 11:20:56
Current links that seem strong at the moment seem to be Slimani, Perez and Rodriguez, with the first two in particular gaming traction.

Not sure what that means if anything, probably bugger all, other than we were strongly linked to those two last summer, and particularly Perez.

Not seen any links to Dzeko for a long time, which may be a good thing.

James Hughes
28 Posted 25/08/2017 at 11:21:30
If Dzeko got 33 goals last season how keen would Roma be to let him go? We make a decent bid and they talk or make a decent bid and get told to sod off.
Martin Nicholls
29 Posted 25/08/2017 at 11:24:32
James#15 - I take the point but also recollect Thomas Gravesen actually ridiculing the notion that he might sign for us before actually doing so!
Colin Glassar
30 Posted 25/08/2017 at 11:26:07
Slimani and Perez, apparently, let it known that they weren't interested in moving to Everton last season. I would discard both of them as I don't want us to be considered 2nd option by 3rd rate players.

Jimenez's goal scoring record is poor to pathetic but if Walsh and Ronald see something in him then that's fine with me.

I'd prefer Rondon (WBA) over any of the above but I think he's injured at the moment.

Terry Underwood
31 Posted 25/08/2017 at 12:11:30
As far as buying a striker goes, I would rather not get one instead of panic buying a dummy. We do have strikers, albeit youngsters. Don't spend money just for the sake of it.
Paul Holmes
33 Posted 25/08/2017 at 13:38:57
The board are waiting to offload Barkley and McCarthy before the transfer window shuts, then use the money for a striker, which believe me they have identified weeks ago.This is Everton so money in first then money out!
Kevin Moorcroft
34 Posted 27/08/2017 at 09:40:11
Ronald is the best manager weve had since Howard. He conducts himself properly not like that idiot Martinez. He also has the track record as good as any.

Anyway, the results will come and whilst were the underdogs in the Premier League, a couple of signings and who knows. This will be a good season for Everton FC.

Mark Andersson
35 Posted 27/08/2017 at 12:41:45
Paul do you know something we don't, but agree with you in how Everton operate

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