Ronald Koeman: Everton manager concerned about players

Wayne Rooney travelled with the Everton squad through John Lennon airport on Wednesday

"But they had also seven or eight players more (than us) who fought, who won every battle, and had the right aggression".

He added: "I wasn't anxious after Chelsea [2-0 defeat]".

He spent 13 years at United, and was its most recent captain and all-time record scorer with 253.

"I think Rom's a really nice guy, he's got his feet on the ground and he doesn't let anything faze him".

"But the way football is, and the insane way the market is, Rom left us".

"Everybody knows if you come to the league as a foreign player you need time. It's obviously vice-versa for him". The Englishman made a career out of featuring consistently alongside Vidic in Manchester United's challenge for silverware over the past decade.

And Jagielka admits that they have not yet found a solution to the problem of how to replace Lukaku's goals.

Belgium global Lukaku scored 87 goals in 166 games for Everton between 2013 and 2017.

"It's for the other boys now.

He's a legend of this club, he deserves to be welcomed that way but during the match he's an Everton player that wants to win the match".

"It's been hard", he added.

"If we defend like we have the last few games, maybe it will be his afternoon". It's been a tough start.

Sandro Ramirez and Rooney were forwards signed by Koeman in the offseason but neither player is in the mold of Lukaku, a powerful target man who stretches defenses with his pace.

"It's time for us to show our character now".

Another issue that is beginning to become more prominent is whether we really are benefiting from playing Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gueye together. The team is far away from what we need to show.

'He should be looking at certain things from his game to add to his own. "You get all those games in succession, and hopefully you are at the right end of the league and are pushing up".

Just three minutes later, Atalanta wrapped up the game before half-time after Bryan Cristante breached Everton's weak backline before firing home. "We have players waiting for an opportunity", he said.

"But there is a lot of quality to the player, and a lot of quality around him". 'He's one of the best strikers and I said several times last season he is a real finisher.

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