The Dutch media are always likely to come down on the side of Ronald Koeman in Everton’s woes, and once again the failure to sign a top striker is presented as a reason for the club’s struggles.
Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf focus mainly on Olivier Giroud, stating that Koeman was insistent the Arsenal striker was signed, or presumably similar.
To be fair to De Telegraaf, Koeman wrote in his column for the newspaper, towards the end of the summer window, that Everton really needed a top class forward signing. This isn’t something they’re saying with the benefit of hindsight alone.
It’s stated that Steve Walsh ‘didn’t succeed in making the deal’ for Giroud, or indeed any other top class striker, barring a Wayne Rooney in the winter of his career, and perhaps De Telegraaf believe the finger should be pointed more at Walsh than it currently is.
The Dutch newspaper state the quality difference between Everton and those at the summit of English football is simply too high, but even they must accept that while top four was unrealistic, bottom four should have been too.
But the whole failure to bring in a top striker, and then problems with Wayne Rooney off the pitch, is cited as reason for unsettlement at Everton, and everything else has gone from there.
Davy Klaassen’s continued struggles are once again highlighted, and De Telegraaf say ‘Murphy’s Law’ is now the rule at Everton, whatever can go wrong will go wrong.