Everton owner Farhad Moshiri claims that Chelsea could have missed out on signing Ross Barkley due to a late intervention from Sam Allardyce. The newly appointed manager was keen to keep Barkley at the club. However, it was becoming increasingly difficult, as the 24-year-old only had six months left on his contract. Chelsea took advantage of the situation by signing the player for £ 15 million. Only six months ago, the blues had a £ 35 million bid accepted but the player turned on the move to Stamford Bridge. It was suggested that he was holding out for a move to Arsenal or Tottenham.
Everton manager Sam Allardyce has plans on recruiting more players with Champions League experience after having ran a secret scouting mission on Sevilla during their round of 16 tie versus Manchester United. The Andalusian outfit dominated the proceedings against the Red Devils in both legs, and they eventually ran 2-1 victors with Steven N’Zonzi starring across both legs.
Allardyce has openly spoken about his admiration for N’Zonzi during his previous years, and he admitted that the Toffees need more players with European experience to improve the overall attributes of the squad, he said: “You’ve got to find out about the players, in the main. Sevilla are a fantastic club.Cenk is playing Champions League football but wants to come to the Premier League so you look out for a bit of that and see what might improve you in the future. I was very impressed with Sevilla on the night, they were absolutely outstanding and how they mastered the pressure of Old Trafford. Which meant I’ve never seen an Old Trafford quite so quiet as I saw them.”
Everton head coach Sam Allardyce has said that winter signing Cenk Tosun is struggling to adapt to the pace of the Premier League. The Turkey international joined the Toffees from Besiktas midway through the top-flight season, but he has since struggled with just two starts to his name.
Speaking in a press conference, Allardyce admitted that the Turk needs to train much harder with his teammates in order to find his goalscoring touch in the division, he said: “He is struggling with the pace of the Premier League which happens to more players than it doesn’t who come in January.
Everton manager Sam Allardyce reveals that his players will not be called in for Christmas training, as he never liked the regime while as a player. The English tradition of Boxing Day football means that players will be called in for training on Christmas for the subsequent match. However, Allardyce says that he never found this to be beneficial and that it would be better if players went straight into the games. Fatigue is one of the commonly discussed elements at this time of the year, as players go through a gruelling schedule that involves matches on Boxing Day and New Year. There is also another match scheduled in between this period, thus making up for almost 7 to 8 matches – for the top teams – during December.
Allardyce has made a return to management with Everton and he will be looking to transform his successful days to Goodison Park. The former Bolton and Newcastle manager has experienced team and success wherever he has been, but he recently decided to leave the West Ham managerial role for the England job. After the controversy with England, Allardyce took some time off before returning to management. He has had a successful time back in the game after getting Everton unbeaten in six matches – including draws against Liverpool and Chelsea.
Everton legend Andy Gray believes his former club are devoid of confidence and leadership following their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Lyon. The Toffees suffered another damaging loss in the Europa League after Bertrand Traore bagged a late winner for Bruno Genesio’s men. As a result, the Merseyside outfit are at the bottom of Group E, and they require a huge upturn in form in the final three games in order to avoid elimination.
In a report covered by The Mirror, Gray was not pleased with the performance of his ex-club, and targeted Ashley Williams, in particular, after the Welshman involved himself in mini-brawl in the second-half, he said: “I watched on Thursday in despair and I texted two or three old team-mates to clarify what I’d seen was right. I wanted one of them to say, ‘No, no, no…’ But they came back and said exactly what I was thinking. I watched a squad devoid of confidence, devoid of belief and without leadership. If Ashley Williams thinks shoving a goalkeeper to the ground is leadership… No, it’s not. What I will ask is, ‘If not Koeman then who?’, because it’s always easy for people to say, ‘He has to go.”
Everton are presently lingering just two points above the drop zone after eight games played, and this is far beyond the expectation of the club’s hierarchy, who spent in excess of £120m in the summer. The Toffees were initially touted as potential candidates for the Champions League spot, but the departure of Romelu Lukaku has notably reduced their goal-scoring threat.
The likes of Sandro Ramirez and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are still adapting to the pace of the Premier League whilst Wayne Rooney appears past his prime – with just one penalty goal scored in the past six outings. Everton take on Arsenal (Premier League) and Chelsea (League Cup) in the next two matches, and Gray is hopeful that the Toffees can at least provide a strong performance to bring cheer to the fans.
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has vowed to prove critics wrong and to show them that he can still play at the highest level. The player has been under pressure in recent games for his failure to impose himself at the heart of the Chelsea midfield, and many fans and pundits have called for the player to be dropped from the first team.
Indeed with Drinkwater returning to form after being out with an injury, some pundits are calling for Antonio Conte to drop Cesc Fabregas from the team and play a central pairing of Drinkwater and Kante at the heart of midfield. Continue Reading
Everton boss Ronald Koeman is hopeful that the club’s medicine of confidence will kick in when they host Bournemouth in the Premier League this weekend.
The Toffees have made a below-par start to their top-flight campaign, and this has resulted in them dropping into the relegation zone in 18th place. The Toffees have played the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the span of just five games, and they could consider themselves unlucky to have received such a tough fixture list at the start of the season.
Everton secured a comfortable 3-0 triumph over Sunderland in the League Cup on Wednesday night after Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored a brace and Koeman has challenged his side to hit a similar run of form in the league starting from the game against the Cherries. He said: “Now we need to see we’re still strong. I’m confident in what I saw yesterday – that’s always the best medicine, to get the confidence you need for good performances. Good performances normally mean winning games.” Continue Reading
Everton have gone from finishing 7th in the English Premier League to falling into the relegation zone. With their head coach Ronald Koeman sacked on October 23 after losing 5-2 against Arsenal, they will struggke to make it into the top half of the table again this year.
Rumours and reports are being spread around in relation to which manager is going to be selected as the new coach of Everton. Sean Dyche and Sam Allardyce are some of the favorites of taking up the hot seat. Other names that have been popping up but aren’t considered to be as favorites includes the former manager of Borussia Dortmund Thomas Tuchel and the more well-known Carlo Ancelotti. Continue Reading
Everton defender Leighton Baines is confident that the Toffees can overturn their poor run of form in the upcoming set of fixtures. The Merseyside outfit are currently placed just above the drop in 16th spot, but Baines believes his side have the experience to recover from their early stumble.
Speaking on the club’s official website, the England international insisted that his side could still have a good season as they have the right players and manager to turn things around, he said: “There are always times in a season when you have a sticky patch. We had one last year – we started well but then we could not win for a while. I think the season overall was still viewed as a good season. And there is still so much football to play, there is no reason why this cannot be a good season. We are a good side, we have a good manager. All of the players will have been through this type of thing many times before in different periods of their careers and under different managers.” Continue Reading
All the group stages qualifying matches for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup have concluded and some national sides have managed to earn their ticket for the approaching competition while others have not been able to gain enough points to actually qualify and compete at the approaching international competition. Fans who regularly watch the Netherlands matches on https://www.voetballivestream.tv will be disappointed to see that their side is the highest-ranked team NOT going to Russia, leaving players such as Arjen Robben thinking about their international future.
The adventure and challenge of actually qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World has been an extremely difficult one for certain players but for others it has been an easy ride. Whilst Brazil qualified way back in March, fans of the European Finalists Italy had a few frustrating nights watching their national side play on socagol, with the team losing to Spain, and now set for a tricky play-off tie against Sweden to get through to the World Cup.
The big players are already on the plane there though… Continue Reading