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Kevin Ratcliffe: 'Everton players can't handle the pressure'

Ratcliffe: 'Everton players struggling'
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Kevin Ratcliffe believes that former club Everton should stick with manager Ronald Koeman, despite a string of underwhelming displays to begin the season.

Former Everton captain Kevin Ratcliffe has claimed that the current crop are struggling to cope with the pressure that comes with playing for the club.

The Toffees spent in excess of £140m in the summer to bolster their hopes of cracking the top six, bringing in the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Davy Klaassen for big money.

A disappointing start to the campaign has seen questions asked of boss Ronald Koeman, however, with reports suggesting that the Dutchman is living on borrowed time at Goodison Park.

Ratcliffe believes that patience is required, citing Everton's decision to persevere with Howard Kendall during their success-laden days.

"If ­Everton had dumped ­Kendall then the club's history would probably have been ­rewritten - and not for the better," he told The Mirror. "At the moment, Everton don't look a better side than last season - and we've spent £140m. Are some of the new players like Davy Klaassen or Gylfi Sigurdsson better than Gareth Barry for ­instance?

"Are they ­better than James McCarthy? Probably not on what we have seen so far. They were big fish at their old clubs, who weren't expected to be beat the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United. But at Everton you are ­expected to compete and win against these teams. It is a different type of ­pressure and you are taken out of your comfort zone."

Ratcliffe won two league titles, the FA Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup during his time on Merseyside.

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Ronald Koeman watches on during the Premier League game between Everton and Arsenal on December 13, 2016
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