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Former Everton Manager Ronald Koeman’s Recruitment Legacy: A Look at Where His 17 Signings Are Today



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Former Everton manager Ronald Koeman had a brief yet impactful stint at the club, marked by 17 signings he made during his tenure. While some of these players have moved on to success, others have faced challenges.

One of Koeman’s early signings, Davy Klaassen, struggled to make an impact at Everton and was later sold to Werder Bremen. He has since had success at Ajax and Inter, although he has not been in the Netherlands squad since Koeman’s return.

Gylfi Sigurdsson, Everton’s record signing during Koeman’s reign, faced issues off the field and is now playing in Iceland with Valur after a spell with Danish club Lyngby BK.

Michael Keane, a dependable centre-back signed by Koeman, has made over 200 appearances for Everton but is reportedly on the verge of leaving the club.

The signing of Sandro, a La Masia graduate, turned out to be a disappointment as he struggled to find form at Goodison Park. He has since moved to Las Palmas and now plays in the Saudi Pro League.

Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, however, has been a standout performer for Everton, excelling for both club and country, earning praise as one of England‘s best keepers.

Wayne Rooney returned to Everton under Koeman before transitioning into coaching. He recently took up a managerial role at Plymouth Argyle in the Championship.

Richarlison, another of Koeman’s signings, continues to impress at Everton with his goal-scoring prowess. However, reports suggest Everton may consider selling him this summer.

Ashley Williams, signed by Koeman from Swansea, struggled to maintain his form at Everton and eventually saw out his career at Bristol City, transitioning into a pundit post-retirement.

Idrissa Gueye, a shrewd signing by Koeman, proved his worth at Everton before moving to PSG and eventually returning to Everton, where he remains a key player under Sean Dyche.

Cenk Tosun, a bargain signing by Koeman, has been a valuable asset for Everton, scoring crucial goals for the club. However, his contract is nearing its end, and his future at the club remains uncertain.

Overall, Koeman’s recruitment legacy at Everton showcases a mix of successful and underwhelming signings, highlighting the challenges managers face in the transfer market.

Rachel Adams

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