Sam Allardyce claims Everton had 'very big opportunity' to sign Leicester's Harry Maguire and Liverpool's Andrew Robertson

Sam Allardyce, Manager of Everton looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on February 3, 2018 in London, England.

The pair went on to shine for Leicester City and Liverpool as Everton failed to address their defensive issues.

Sam Allardyce, Manager of Everton looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on February 3, 2018 in London, England.

Sam Allardyce has told Talksport that Everton had a very big opportunity to sign Harry Maguire and Andrew Robertson before their respective moves to Leicester City and Liverpool.

Both Hull players at the time, Maguire and Robertson have gone on to enjoy whirlwind years - the centre-back integral to the England side that finished fourth at the 2018 World Cup and the left-back impressing as Liverpool reached the Champions League final in May.

 

Whereas Everton failed to properly address their problems in the pair's positions, and spent the bulk of this summer's transfer window trying to put that right - finally landing Yerry Mina and Lucas Digne from Barcelona.

According to Allardyce, who was sacked by Everton in May after six months in charge at Goodison Park, they could have quite easily saved themselves the hassle.

"I was told by Steve Walsh who was the director of football when I got there that (there) was a very big opportunity for them to take Maguire and he said Robertson, both from Hull City. What a pair they would have been at the time," Allardyce told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.

Harry Maguire of England is seen during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Sweden and England at Samara Arena on July 7, 2018 in Samara, Russia.

Andrew Robertson of Liverpool is seen during the UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool on May 26, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine.

"You can ill afford any slip-ups (when it comes to recruitment) - they would have made a big difference."

Discussing Maguire in particularly shortly afterwards, Allardyce laid the blame at the feet of his predecessor.

"I think Ronald (Koeman) didn't quite fancy it at the time," added the former Everton manager. He could have been a big asset. I don't think anybody saw Harry's progression (happening) as quick as it did. (He's) one of the top centre-halves in Europe I'd say."

Will Mina and Digne prove better signings for Everton than the Leicester City and Liverpool pair?

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