When one thinks of ‘Big' Sam Allardyce, ‘entertaining' is not the first word to spring to mind. There is no doubting the Everton manager's effectiveness, but his approach and methods are far from revolutionary. When he was manager of Bolton he signed some very classy players, Okocha and Djorkaeff to name just two.
However, while those players provided moments of magic, Bolton still played a direct style. Everton supporters have been raised on agressive but attractive football, and unless Big Sam tweaks his tactical approach Big Sam's stay at Goodison could be a short one.
Everton Expectations Not Lost On Sam
Allardyce is well aware of the need to play decent football at Everton. Keeping them up this year by any means possible will be viewed as acceptable, but more will be expected next term. Allardyce spoke to the media earlier today and said:
“My length of stay at Everton is purely based on two things. Results and entertainment – and we’ve got to put both things together. We’ve got to be entertaining and we’ve got to win football matches.
“Winning football matches first is the key element and then that brings greater entertainment value as we hopefully improve the squad as we go on in the future and building a team to play better, win more games and progress.”
Tosun Signed; Walcott Could Be Next
Everton have already made a move in the transfer window, signing Turkish striker Cenk Tosun. The former Besiktas man has foregone knockout football in the Champions League to sign for The Toffees. He was a revelation in the group stages, and £27 million looks a decent price in the current climate.
Allardyce also confirmed that the club are in discussions with Arsenal over a move for Theo Walcott. The England striker has never blossomed into the player that many thought he would become at Arsenal. His pace and ability to get in behind would be a good asset for Big Sam's side, and perhaps he can resurrect his ailing career at Goodison Park.