Sam Allardyce not expecting a busy January transfer window

Sam Allardyce


Everton new boss Sam Allardyce is not expecting to be busy during the January transfer window since most of his senior players are on their way back to fitness.

Seamus Coleman, Ross Barkley, Yannick Bolasie and Leighton Baines are all in recovery and Allardyce expects that most of them will be back to full fitness soon.

“We have around 30 pros, so we have a lot of young pros under 23 who are finding their way in the Premier League,” Allardyce told Sky Sports after Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wayne Rooney wrapped up a victory to lift his team up to ninth place.

“They’re frustrated about not playing enough and we have players injured who are coming back – Coleman, Barkley, Bolasie, Baines – that will make us so much better as a squad, players with Premier League experience.

“That’s our 30th game this season so the quicker we get the squad into place, the more I can look at the market and see what we need.

“Another goalscorer, yes, but I’m very pleased with Dominic. Is there a striker good enough for Everton in January? If everyone gets fit we don’t have to do too much in January.”

Since taking over, Allardyce has made three wins and a draw from four Premier League games, but the new manager still sees a lot of room that needs improvement.

“I think from our point of view it was a disappointing first half and we needed to see more from the players,” Allardyce said.

“We changed in the second half with the way we pushed up to get in the game and then we put on Tom Davies. That got us in the game a bit more. You need a special player sometimes to pull something out of the game and that was Gylfi.

“It’s a great three points considering how poorly we played in the first half. I think sometimes we play with some negativity, sideways and backwards too much. We put 10 balls back to our goalkeeper instead of being brave enough to go forward and put the ball in the right areas.”




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