Ronald Koeman has promised to the take the EFL Cup “very seriously” and will field a strong side in Tuesday’s second-round tie against Yeovil Town.
The manager has revealed that he will only make a small number of changes from the team that he selected against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Tickets are still available for the Goodison cup tie, which is the first ever competitive meeting between the two clubs.
“I like to win every competition and we will take it very seriously,” Koeman said. “I’m not a manager to make eight or nine changes in the team because we are starting in a new situation. As a new manager, I need to know the players.
“Maybe one or two, a maximum of three players, because of the programme and what they did in the last two weeks, will get a rest.”
Meanwhile, Koeman has also confirmed that Muhamed Besic and Matthew Pennington underwent successful surgery on their respective injuries.
Besic is facing a prolonged period on the sidelines after going under the knife to repair a torn ACL in his knee.
Pennington is expected to be out for a number of months following his operation on a hamstring problem.
“They are in the recovery period and need to work hard,” Koeman explained. “The injury to Mo is longer-term than it is for Pennington, but both are working hard, both are in every day and they are seeing the other players.”
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Post by Everton News. on Aug 22, 2016 14:59:01 GMT
Koeman's Way Impresses Darren
Yeovil Town boss Darren Way is relishing the prospect of pitting his managerial wits against Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park.
The Glovers chief will lock horns with the Dutchman on Tuesday night when the Blues host the League Two side in the second round of the EFL Cup.
Way, a tough-tackling midfielder in his playing days, never faced Koeman but recognises the job he has done since crossing the white line into the dugout.
“It is exciting when you can test yourself against a Premier League side at a Premier League ground,” he told evertonfc.com. “As a manager, I am really looking forward to challenging myself against a top-class coach like Ronald Koeman.
“Ronald is a fantastic manager who did very well at Southampton. He has a wealth of knowledge and was an unbelievable player. Everyone I’ve spoken to who knows him speaks very highly of him.
“It is always good to test yourself against someone of that calibre.”
A Yeovil legend, Way has been in charge at Huish Park since December, retaining Town’s Football League status last term despite having just 11 points on the board when he took over.
Everton youngster Liam Walsh played a big part in that achievement after he penned a loan deal in January and Way says he has enjoyed building a good connection with the Toffees.
“I have a really good relationship with David Unsworth and Joe Royle,” he added. “Since I have taken over as manager we have had a good rapport with Everton, and of course we took Liam on loan last season.
“We have continued that relationship and I am looking forward to the game. I am sure it is going to be a great atmosphere and a great experience for our players.”
Both Way and Walsh feature in Tuesday’s matchday programme, priced at £3.50.
Joining them is Mason Holgate as the featured player. The young defender tells his story from being a wide-eyed kid in the stands at Doncaster Rovers to running out against Tottenham Hotspur for his debut with Everton.
Peter Clarke recounts his journey from Blues youngster to current club Oldham, while Jake Ball discusses his recent England cricket debut and why he is a big Evertonian.