Five Players who will be happy if Sam Allardyce becomes Everton boss

Big Sam Everton Happy

With Sam Allardyce looking likely to become the new Everton manager, and given his tactical proclivities, there are some players who will be more excited than others.

Wayne Rooney of Everton during the UEFA Europa League group E match between Everton FC and Atalanta at Goodison Park on November 23, 2017 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Wayne Rooney

In his only game as England manager, Sam Allardyce made a declining Wayne Rooney a free role; thus the captain played about three different positions during the game, none of them well.

After the match he was asked about Wayne Rooney's bafflingly undisciplined performance, he said: "it's not up to me to tell Wayne Rooney where to play" despite it very much being up to him to tell Wayne Rooney where to play.

So you can imagine Wayne Rooney doing cartwheels around his house if Allardyce is appointed, knowing he will get to play out his days with Everton as a free-wheeling player who can pretty much do whatever he wants.

Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams

Jesse Lingard of Manchester United is denied by Everton defenders Phil Jagielka (l) Ashley Williams (c) and Michael Keane (r) during the Premier League match between Manchester United and...

Professional football can often be No Country For Old Men, but Sam Allardyce will make exceptions out of Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams, both of whom are limited centre-backs well into their 30's and having terrible seasons so far.

But Allardyce will pull the Everton defence deeper. He'll draw the midfield back as well to protect them. There won't be as much running to do, as many variables to consider with the ball. Hoofing it will be a genuine option again.

These changes are simple, but will make it so much easier for these ageing veterans to thrive. They'll be delighted to see Sam.


Sandro Ramirez of Everton scores his sides first goal during the UEFA Europa League group E match between Everton FC and Atalanta at Goodison Park on November 23, 2017 in Liverpool, United...

Sandro Ramirez excelled last season for Malaga, scoring 13 goals in La Liga for the mid-table side. The former Barcelona man seemed ideally suited to help Everton, but he never settled under Ronald Koeman, scoring just twice in 13 games so far this season.

But Sandro is a rough-and-tumble striker, more than willing to run his socks off defensively and get involved in the physical tussle. Sandro has all the makings of an Allardyce forward (whether he leads the line or plays a winger, where Allardyce always likes to use a striker) and should thrive with Big Sam as boss.

Gylfi Sigurdsson

Gylfi Sigurðsson of Everton in action during the Premier League match between Southampton and Everton at St Mary's Stadium on November 26, 2017 in Southampton, England.

Gylfi Sigurdsson was Everton's biggest buy in a summer of big buys, and thus far he's not had the best of times. Though that's mostly because of his team-mates and their lack of quality, rather than any problem with the Icelandic international himself.

Sam Allardyce's arrival, however, should help Sigurdsson. Big Sam's insistence on playing via second balls won by a target man will mean plenty of opportunities to shoot from range - something Gylfi excels at (only Christan Eriksen and Coutinho have taken more shots from outside the box than him since the start of last season).

Allardyce also emphasises set-pieces, which is Sigurdsson's other speciality. Since the start of last season no player has created more chances via set-pieces than he has with 52, and only Christian Eriksen can top his 23 shots from free-kicks. With Allardyce as Everton boss, Sigurdsson will thrive.


Register for EVERTON team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch