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Following last year's dismal campaign under Roberto Martinez, things were meant to be much better under new boss Ronald Koeman, who had successfully steered Southampton to a sixth place finish last season when many had expected the Saints to struggle.

Despite currently lying in seventh place, the Goodison Park faithful have been a bit restless this term, displaying an inconsistency that has seen them fall nine points behind sixth place Manchester United and just six points from the bottom half. Early exits from both domestic cup competitions hasn't helped matters either.

We chatted with Calvin Hobbes of Royal Blue Mersey to find out who else the Everton fans want to see arrive at the club following the arrival of Ademola Lookman and Morgan Schneiderlin.

Please note that this interview was conducted before the January transfer window opened.

Thoughts on Summer Activity:

Underwhelming. We were linked with a bunch of players in some key areas like goalkeeper and forward, but in the end the wholesale changes we expected with Ronald Koeman coming in and majority owner Farhad Moshiri promising a war chest didn't quite come to pass.

That being said, the Blues are looking much more organised with their approach to the January transfer window, and fans are hoping that Everton get in and get their business done early.

Area that Needs Improvement:

After the Roberto Martinez era, the squad needed improving across the board. Fitness has been a major issue this season — the relaxed, stroll-about mentality from Martinez' time is gone and Koeman likes a high press with plenty of running.

Midfield is a key area for improvement on this team. The Toffees have struggled on the creative side with Ross Barkley struggling to impose himself. Koeman has often gone with a 4-3-3 formation and using three central midfielders since Barkley has been so ineffective. Idrissa Gueye has been stellar, but he is getting run ragged every game chasing the ball, which creates gaps for quicker opponents to take advantage of.

Dream Signing:

Manchester United's Juan Mata

An attacking midfielder who can control the game like Eden Hazard, Julian Draxler or Juan Mata would be ideal for this team. Someone who will dictate the pace of the game from the middle, with the ability to run at the defence, and combine with Romelu Lukaku to terrorise centre-backs everywhere.

Realistic Signing:

So far it's sounding like it'll be Memphis Depay to amend for the loss of Yannick Bolasie.

Holland's Memphis Depay

No attacking midfielders have been linked with the club as yet, which is disappointing for the fans, but also means Barkley still has a shot at proving himself this season.

Check out the latest Everton transfer rumours

Prediction for Rest of 2016-17:

It's really going to come down to whether Koeman can get enough players in during the January window who will embody his work ethic. Everton will at best be decent value for chasing a European spot, however most fans will be disappointed but not surprised if they end up towards the bottom of the top half of the table.


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