European football is a ‘realistic’ target for Everton if the players fulfil their potential – Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman has targeted European football at Everton after a dominant second-half performance helped them cruise to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Romelu Lukaku scored a hat-trick in 11 second-half minutes to end his 11-match Premier League drought and put Everton on 10 points from the opening four games.

Everton boss Koeman told Sky Sports: “I think we will be one of the teams that will fight for European football.

“I think that is a realistic target and we showed that in the second half but if we play like the the first half then we will be 13th or 14th place. We need to fight for European football and the players showed the level they can be.”

Speaking about the match-winner, Koeman always believed his goal drought would come to an end even if he was disappointed with the first 45 minutes from his team.

“The two goals with Belgium gave him a boost and it’s unbelievable how good he can be and of course strikers love scoring goals. He showed his quality, he showed the goals tonight, a great performance.

“I was really angry (at half-time), we had good defending but that wasn’t the problem, the problem was when we had the ball possession in the midfield and up front, we lost too many balls.

“I know my players, that was the level of the second half, not the level of the first half.”

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