I hope it's worth it: BBC pundit questions Everton's plans after Allardyce move, hails one player

Laurent Depoitre of Huddersfield Town is challenged by Ashley Williams of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park on December 2, 2017...

Everton beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park on December 2, 2017...

Pundit Garth Crooks has told BBC Sport that he was impressed with Ashley Williams' performance against Huddersfield Town – and wants to know what the future holds for Everton, noting that he hopes their plans are worth Sam Allardyce coming out of retirement.

The Toffees took to the field on Saturday with Allardyce in charge for the first time, just days after his appointment as Ronald Koeman's replacement had been confirmed.

Allardyce led his side to a comfortable 2-0 win, as Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin bagged second half goals to hand Big Sam all three points in his first game in charge.

Sam Allardyce, Manager of Everton arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park on December 2, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

After being decimated by Southampton, Everton's situation looked desperate, but with two wins in a row and Allardyce at the helm, the Toffees are now looking up and find themselves back in the top half of the Premier League.

Allardyce will hope to keep that defensive stability from Saturday's game after seeing Everton concede freely under Koeman, and one player appears to be turning around under the new Toffees boss.

Defender Ashley Williams impressed against Huddersfield on Saturday, prompting pundit Garth Crooks to praise him, even noting that his post-match comments about the dressing room being happier were interesting.

Laurent Depoitre of Huddersfield Town is challenged by Ashley Williams of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park on December 2, 2017...

Crooks added to BBC Sport that he thinks Everton need to communicate their ambitions after appointing Allardyce, and hopes the job is worth Allardyce coming out of retirement.

“What a difference a manager can make. The arrival of Sam Allardyce at Goodison Park seems to have made all the difference,” said Crooks. “Everton look unrecognisable from the side I saw get destroyed at Southampton. Against West Ham in midweek they looked lively, and during Saturday's game against Huddersfield their back four looked as solid as I have seen them for some time. At the heart of both performances was Ashley Williams. I have always liked Williams' approach to the game, and I was interested to hear him say in his post-match interview that the dressing room is now a much happier place.”

“I should think it is: six points, two clean sheets and six goals in two games is title-winning football. But the question is, where do Everton go from here? They may have a new manager who will almost certainly keep them in the Premier League but what is the long-term future for the club? Are they intent of hovering in mid-table or do the owners have something special in mind? Whatever it is, the sooner they can share that with the new manager, the better for all concerned . Allardyce was prepared to come out of retirement for this. I hope it's worth it,” He added.

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