Ronald Koeman says not signing Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud was costly for Everton

Olivier Giroud


Former Everton manager Ronald Koeman finally spoke about his downfall and that not being able to sign Arsenal star Olivier Giroud may have even caused his job.

Everton’s downfall started when they approved the departure of Romelu Lukaku in replacement of a big money transfer without even considering if they will be able to find a good replacement for the striker.

Although the arrival of Wayne Rooney and Sandro Ramirez was also considered a good help for the club but they failed to fill in the gap made when Lukaku left.

Olivier Giroud could have been their salvation and was their number 1 target during the summer transfer window followed by Alexandre Lacazette.

But, in the end, Giroud decided that he will stay at Arsenal and fight his place in Arsene Wenger’s squad.

Ronald Koeman


“I had Olivier Giroud in the building,” Koeman said.

“That was hard to swallow.

“That would have been perfect but he decided he’d rather live in London.

“You tell me where you can get a better striker.”

Koeman also admitted that because they were not able to find a great replacement for Lukaku, Everton struggled to score goals which cost him his duties at the Goodison Park earlier this week.

“Lukaku was important to us, not only because of his goals but because of his way of playing – strong, quick, direct.

“There was always the option of the long ball to him. Now we missed such a player, we had Nicola Vlasic and Wayne Rooney, players who want the ball into feet.”

Koeman also answered about the huge spending he did as this was also seen as one of the reasons he failed the club.

“We sold Lukaku for £90m. Our most expensive purchase, the Icelander Gylfi Sigurdsson, cost half.

“It’s a lot of money, but in England, you work in a world of different numbers. Players here all cost a lot more than they are actually worth. That’s how the market works.”

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