Ronald Koeman uncertain on new arrivals


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Ronald Koeman is unsure whether any new faces will be arriving at Everton during this month’s transfer window.

The Toffees boss says he is busy managing a hectic run of games but he is hoping that the club’s board are also working on securing some new blood.

“I am busy with all the fixtures we have and maybe the board will be busy to bring the players in,” Koeman said following the 3-0 win over Southampton on Monday.

The Dutchman enjoyed the success against his former employers and was particularly impressed with the contribution of Enner Valencia.

The on-loan Ecuadorian was sent on after an hour and scored his team’s opening goal before Leighton Baines and Romelu Lukaku also netted to give Everton a winning start to 2017.

Koeman felt Valencia had made a key difference as his side lifted their performance levels in the second half.

“The tempo was higher in the second half, we created opportunities to score and you see the final result,” he added.

“When Enner Valencia came in it was not just about his goal, it was his whole performance – we needed that pace in the second half.

“Keeping a clean sheet is always important. We did well defensively.”

Everton now have an FA Cup third round tie against Premier League champions Leicester City to look forward to on home soil on Saturday.

The sides met at the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day, with Everton recording a 2-0 win.

Everton are 1.91 to beat Leicester this weekend while they are 26.00 to win the FA Cup.

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