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Coleman: Koeman is tough boss but Everton players respect him

Seamus Coleman. Credit: PA

Unbeaten Everton have made their best start to a season in 38 years, but their defender Seamus Coleman insists the players won't get carried away.

A 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough made it four wins in five matches for Everton, equalling the club's 13-point haul of the 1978/79 season.

"You would rather this start than what we've had the past couple of season," said Coleman, on the scoresheet with Everton's second against Boro.

"Winning games breeds confidence and going into the next one we will feel we can win that.

"We're not looking to the end of the season and where we can finish.

"I know it's a boring answer but we're just looking to the next game and go into the international break with two more wins.

"[Manager] Ronald Koeman expects people to work hard, he expects his forwards to work hard, and he demands respect from everyone and that is what you want from your boss.

"He is a very tough task master and expects the best from everyone: timekeeping has to be on point and other little basics which I believe are very important.

"He tells it like it is and if you can't take it maybe you shouldn't be in this job."

Southampton boss Puel targets first Premier League win of season

Saints boss Claude Puel. Credit: PA

Manager Claude Puel is confident his Southampton players will finally get the rewards their performances deserve with a first Premier League victory of the season when Swansea visit St Mary's on Sunday.

The Saints kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 3-0 home win against Sparta Prague on Thursday after Puel made seven changes to his starting XI.

While Puel, appointed following the summer departure of Ronald Koeman, feels the squad have produced some solid displays in each Premier League game, turning those into all three points has so far proved illusive.

Both other league matches at St Mary's have ended in 1-1 draws, while there were defeats at Manchester United and then Arsenal last weekend, albeit to a somewhat controversial penalty deep into stoppage time.

Nevertheless Puel has seen enough to remain confident that first Premier League triumph is close.

"It was a good result for us in Europe, now it is important to carry on the same work in the Premier League," said the French coach, who had spells in charge of Monaco, Lille, Lyon and Nice.

"It will be important for us and our fans also, because it is important to keep a good efficient team, to score and be rewarded for all of the many good things we can make in our game.

"We have the possibilities to play against the football of every opponent."


Lovren: Too early to talk about Liverpool as title contenders

Lovren is all around. Credit: PA

Dejan Lovren insists it is too early to consider Liverpool as Premier League title contenders despite their impressive start to the season.

The Croatia defender notched his first league goal for the Reds in Friday night's 2-1 win at Chelsea, with captain Jordan Henderson scoring a superb second as Jurgen Klopp's side dominated the first half at Stamford Bridge.

Diego Costa pulled a goal back for the hosts after the interval but Liverpool saw out the remainder of the contest to record another positive result.

Only a surprise defeat at Burnley blots Liverpool's early record but Lovren believes talk of a first league title in 27 years is premature.

Asked about a potential title challenge, Lovren told the club's official website: "It's too early to talk about that but we are positive and we can keep playing well.

"We have so many players here on the bench that can make a difference, we have a brilliant squad, the 25 players here, even those in the stand are top players.

"It's a challenge for all of us to be 100 per cent in training and that's what keeps us improving every day."

Mourinho blocked Spurs move for Man Utd midfielder

Spurs were keen to sign Morgan Schneiderlin. Credit: PA

Spurs were keen to sign Man United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin on deadline day, but it's thought their hopes were dashed by Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho was not prepared to let Schneiderlin leave the club during the summer, even though he is unlikely to play a huge part for United in the Premier League this season.

While Schneiderlin is by no means a first choice for United, Mourinho would not consider allowing him to leave because he is expected to feature prominently in the club's Europa League campaign.

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Mourinho also had reservations about letting him join one of the clubs likely to challenge United for the Premier League title, particularly since Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino worked with Schneiderlin at Southampton, and knows how to get the best out of him.

Last summer, Mourinho made a point of stating it was not his decision to sell Petr Cech to Arsenal while he was still the manager of Chelsea, whose owner Roman Abramovich sanctioned the deal.

Spurs responded by pulling off one of the most eye-catching late transfers on deadline day, beating Everton to the signing Schneiderlin's international team-mate, Moussa Sissoko, in a £30m deal.


Wales forward Hal Robson-Kanu joins West Brom

Robson-Kanu impressed for Wales at Euro 2016. Credit: PA

West Brom have completed the signing of Wales forward Hal Robson-Kanu.

The Baggies pushed ahead with a deal after the 27-year-old was granted permission to leave the Wales squad to complete his medical.

He was a free agent after leaving Reading in the summer and was not governed by the window so there was no time pressure on Albion getting the deal done on Wednesday.

Robson Kanu scored twice in Wales' run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 and netted five goals for Reading in the Championship last season.

Rickie Lambert agrees two-year deal at Cardiff

Cardiff have signed former England international striker Rickie Lambert from West Brom for an undisclosed fee.

Lambert has agreed terms on a two-year contract at Cardiff City Stadium after featuring in only half of West Brom's Premier League fixtures last season.

Newcastle secure Christian Atsu on loan from Chelsea

Newcastle hope the Chelsea winger can help them win promotion. Credit: PA

Newcastle have bolstered their attacking options by securing the services of Christan Atsu on a season-long loan deal.

The Ghanaian winger spent last season on loan at Bournemouth and Malaga, where he featured in 10 La Liga fixtures.

The 24 year-old becomes the 38th player on Chelsea's books currently out on loan, and will hope to help the Magpies win promotion to the Premier League this season.

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