Ronald Koeman has revealed finishing practice in training was key to Idrissa Gana Gueye opening his account for Everton.
The Senegalese midfielder set the Blues on their way to victory against Sunderland, thundering home Seamus Coleman’s cross five minutes before the half-time interval for his first goal for the Club since arriving from Aston Villa last summer.
Romelu Lukaku then added a second 10 minutes from the end to seal three points and equal Duncan Ferguson’s record of netting 60 Premier League goals for the Toffees.
Speaking after the win, Koeman revealed how Gana – and the rest of his midfielders – have been heavily involved in finishing practice in a bid to add more goals from other areas of the pitch.
He said: “One on side, yes [I am surprised] because it is his first goal for Everton but then no as well because we have done a lot of finishing practice that we usually do for strikers with the midfielders as well.
“We need more goals from our midfield players. It was a great finish by Gana and I hope it is not the last one he scores!
“He’s playing very well. The reason that he wasn’t playing at that level (against Middlesborough) was a little bit of tiredness from the Africa Cup of Nations.
“It’s a great goal, it was a great attack and, finally, it was a fantastic finish by Gana.””