Sam Allardyce, manager of Everton, looks on during the Premier League match against Arsenal.
Sam Allardyce is coming under increased scrutiny as Everton manager following his side's 5-1 hammering at the hands of Arsenal at the weekend.
Not only did Allardyce admit that he had tried to mimic Swansea City's tactics after they beat the Gunners 3-1 just four days prior, but the 63-year-old also insisted that playing Ademola Lookman would have made no difference.
Everton's Ademola Lookman (L) celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Europa League group stage football match against Apollon Limassol.
When asked by the Liverpool Echo if Lookman, who was loaned to RB Leipzig on deadline day in a deal that many have criticised, could have influenced the result the Toffees manager responded: "I've got Yannick Bolasie who cost thirty million quid and Theo Walcott who cost twenty million quid and both have a lot more experience than Lookman, so no.
"If you had put him out there he wouldn't have done any better than the rest because the whole team played crap."
Lookman, who was called "stubborn" by Allardyce after pushing for a move to Leipzig, came off the bench to score the winner for his new team in a 1-0 Bundesliga victory over Borussia Monchengladbach.
For a side who have often been accused of lacking width to loan out one of their few natural wingers seemed odd, but it is not the only mistake they have made in that department which has been highlighted over the past few days.
Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson (C) saves a shot from Burnley's Aaron Lennon (R) during the English Premier League football match at Turf Moor.
Aaron Lennon, who was sold by the Merseysiders to Burnley during the January transfer window, was impressive as the Clarets held runaway leaders Manchester City 1-1 in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Gerard Deulofeu was the catalyst as Watford beat Chelsea 4-1 in the Premier League with a goal and an assist, just six months after leaving Goodison Park.
That deal, which saw Barcelona activate a buyback clause put into Deulofeu's contract when he left the Camp Nou for Everton permanently two years prior, was admittedly out of the club's control but did come after they had deemed the forward not good enough and loaned him out to AC Milan just before his return to Catalonia.
Gerard Deulofeu of Watford celebrates scoring their third goal during the Premier League match against Chelsea.