Everton have improved because of player departures, says Ronald Koeman

• Koeman believes squad has ‘different spirit’ following January clearance
• ‘I see a different, stronger team and with the new faces’ says manager

Ronald Koeman has said Everton emerged from the January transfer window with a smaller but stronger squad .

Everton made only two additions to their first team pool – Morgan Schneiderlin and Ademola Lookman – while clearing out a host of players deemed surplus to requirements, notably Oumar Niasse, Tom Cleverley, Gerard Deulofeu, Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson. Arouna Koné would also have departed but was unable to agree terms with Crystal Palace on deadline day and can go as a free agent in the summer.

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