Given Sam Allardyce’s tactical proclivities, there are a few players who won’t be happy to see him as Everton boss. Who are they? Read on and find out!
Ross Barkley has been frozen out by Ronald Koeman. A deadline day move to Chelsea was ended in the most bizarre of fashions and he’s not been a factor for the Toffees. Having a new manager must have given Barkley hope that, when he recovered from injury, he would once again have a chance.
But with Sam Allardyce in charge, Barkley now has no route into the first-team. Barkley is too undisciplined to play defensive midfielder, too slow to play wide, and when it comes to no. 10 he’ll be well behind Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
He’s in trouble.
Davy Klaasen was always a strange purchase for Everton. Obviously he’s a talented footballer but he was a no. 10 heading into a team that had a lot of no. 10’s. Moreover his style was intensely technical. He always looked like he would struggle with the Premier League’s intensity, and struggle he did.
If even Ronald Koeman, the man who brought Klaasen to Everton and made serious attempts to integrate him, had begun to give up on him (and he had) then the Dutchman stands no chance under the bestial stylings of Sam Allardyce.
David Unsworth had used his brief period in charge of Everton to bring through young talent. The least-heralded of these was defensive midfielder Beni Baningime, the 19 year-old Ivorian who has now got a handful of quality displays under his belt.
But now Sam Allardyce is in charge, you can expect that to change. Whilst Idrissa Gueye is an exemplary midfielder and will surely be central to Allardyce’s Everton midfield, a young player like Baningime, who is still learning and will make mistakes, is likely to be shunted to the margins as Big Sam emphasises playing error-free football.
Morgan Schneiderlin has been terrible for Everton, just as he was for Manchester United. You’d think that a defensive midfielder who loves a tackle would be overjoyed that Sam Allardyce will be his new manager, but consider this:
Allardyce is a manager who demands intensity and focus. He does not (cannot) suffer fools, and given how Morgan Schneiderlin’s career has nosedived since he left Southampton, under intense pressure at United and no pressure at Everton, one can see him also struggling under Big Sam.
Something in Schneiderlin is broken, and whilst Big Sam will probably want to fix it, will he have the time and patience to do so? Especially when the rugged and reliable James McCarthy and tough-tackling Muhamed Besic are in the squad. Things aren’t looking up for Morgan.