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Outsiders will judge, but Everton fans deserve more than Sam Allardyce

Mathew Nash

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Yesterday was certainly a busy day at Everton. The club shifted around the boardroom and appointed a new director of football in Marcel Brands. They also sacked their manager. After just six months in charge, Sam Allardyce has been given the boot by Everton, despite having one more year to run on his contract.

It was a decision that met with something of a backlash from those away from the club. Non-Everton fans and pundits asked why Allardyce was chopped. ‘Big Sam’ was asked to come in and do a job for Everton. After a torrid season based on the rocky foundations of poor recruitment Everton were in relegation danger. With that in mind, Ronald Koeman was sacked and with David Unsworth struggling to turn things around Everton eventually turned to Allardyce.

But it was common knowledge Everton did not want Allardyce. The former England boss was clearly not their number one choice. In an ideal world, the Toffees would have employed him only until the end of the campaign, but Big Sam pushed for an 18-month deal knowing this might be the eventuality that befell him.

(during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Everton at John Smith’s Stadium on April 28, 2018 in Huddersfield, England.

Everton ended up finishing the season eighth, which was impressive considering their struggles early on.

But to say Allardyce kept Everton in the Premier League is something of an exaggeration. Many Everton fans feel Unsworth would have done the same job, although finishing in the top half might have been a stretch.

Yet, the football being played by Everton under Allardyce was woeful to watch. Fans were indeed happy Everton survived after a difficult start, but at what cost?

A simple statistic sums it all up. In the time since Allardyce’s appointment in November Everton had just 213 shots at goal in the Premier League. No team has had fewer and that is simply not acceptable.

Fans, especially at a club like Everton, go to watch their team and be entertained. Allardyce again proved he is adept at keeping a side in the Premier League, but making them good to watch he is not.

Fans at Goodison Park would undoubtedly rather be entertained and finish 12th, then have to watch Allardyce’s brand of football and trudge their way through a season into eighth.

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Evertonians did not like the man or what he was doing on the pitch. Off of it, was not much better either. The decision to send Ademola Lookman away, the waiting to pull the trigger on Cenk Tosun and his general demeanour just rubbed the fans up the wrong way.

Everton now have a chance to appoint a new manager and start playing their own brand of football again.

With Allardyce it will always be a thanks but no thanks relationship with the Everton fans. Outsiders will continue to question what it was Everton fans wanted. But they did not have to suffer through the Allardyce style week-in and week-out, whilst paying a heap of money to do so.

He had to go and hopefully Everton will be entertained next season, rather than just surviving.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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Everton round-up: Richarlison medical, Digne price-tag, Klaassen bid

All the latest news and gossip from Everton.

Mathew Nash

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Richarlison medical

Richarlison has completed his medical at Everton and is set to join on a £50 million deal from Watford in the next 24 hours.

Marco Silva worked with the Brazilian last season and was keen to reunite with him this summer.

An initial fee of £35 million is set to be paid for the player but clauses will take the overall price-tag nearer to £50 million.

That will make it a club record, ahead of last summer’s £45 million signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson.

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Digne price

There have been conflicting reports today in Spain regarding recent reports in England over Lucas Digne. The Mirror recently claimed Everton had agreed a £22 million fee for the French international.

However, that does not appear to be the case.

According to Sport, Everton have offered Barcelona just €10 million (£8.9m) for the player, with Barcelona wanting €16 million (£14.3m).

Everton currently have a delegation in Spain trying to thrash out a deal for the left-back.

Klaassen wanted

German side Werder Bremen want Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen. Kreiszeitung are reporting that the Bundesliga side are hopeful of signing the former Ajax captain in a £11.6 million deal this summer.

That would be a huge £12 million reduction on the £23.6 million Everton paid Ajax for the player last summer.

Klaassen failed to find his form at Everton and is expected to depart this summer.

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Five ins and outs Everton could complete this week

The Toffees are ready to spend big in the transfer market.

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Marco Silva is looking to get Everton back on track this season and is set to make some waves in the transfer market ahead of the 2018-19 season.

The Toffees endured a turbulent campaign after an intense spending spree last summer but have finally got the man they wanted in Silva and now look set to venture into the transfer market, after holding fire so far this window.

With just weeks to go until the new season commences, Everton are ready to come out of the blocks in the market firing as some rather exciting and expensive deals have been touted. Here, we have identified five deals that could be concluded this week.

Danny Welbeck – Arsenal

After plummeting down the pecking order at Arsenal in the past 12 months following a number of fine acquisitions by the Gunners, Danny Welbeck looks to be surplus to requirements in the eyes of Unai Emery.

The Sun says Everton are keen on a £15 million swoop for the England international, who was a bit-part member of Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad in Russia, as the Toffees look to rejuvenate their attacking options – and Welbeck’s versatility could be crucial.

However, fans may be concerned by Welbeck’s record as he has not hit double figures for goals in any of his four seasons at the Emirates Stadium and has endured numerous injury issues in that period.

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Ademola Lookman to RB Leipzig

Marco Silva has told the Liverpool Echo that Ademola Lookman is a part of his plans at Everton for the forthcoming season but RB Leipzig are refusing to end their pursuit of the 20-year-old who spent time on-loan at the club last year.

The Bundesliga side are adamant that Lookman himself is keen on a move and it is likely to come down to first-team assurances, which Everton may not be able to offer if they continue to chase further attacking recruits.

“We would like to see the player with us, it’s well known he would like to come. But he’s Everton’s, and as long as we can not reach an agreement with them, he’s still part of Everton. It does not help us to give more information at this stage.”

RB Leipzig boss Ralf Ragnick issues an update on the chase for Lookman.

Richarlison – Watford

The transfer that looks most likely to occur at Goodison Park in the coming days is the capture of Watford winger Richarlison, who excelled under the guidance of Marco Silva at Vicarage Road last season but struggled for consistency.

BBC Sport says Watford are closing in on the signature of the 21-year-old Brazil ace for a staggering £50 million fee, which is likely to provide a huge impact on any other activity Everton have planned in the market – particularly with who stays and goes on Merseyside.

Last scoring in the Premier League in November and providing his last assist the following month, Richarlison will need to get back on form if he is to succeed with the Toffees.

Yannick Bolasie to leave

With the seemingly inevitable arrival of Richarlison from Watford, Yannick Bolasie’s exit from Goodison Park looks to be edging closer and closer but it is still not entirely clear where the 29-year-old will end up.

The Liverpool Echo names a trio of Premier League clubs as interested in his services, Crystal Palace, Fulham and Leicester City, while Turkish giants Fenerbache continue to be touted as potential candidates for his signature.

While Everton are not actively looking to sell Bolasie, they will listen to offers for the right price and Richarlison’s arrival would surely push him out the door.

Lucas Digne – Barcelona

Everton’s pursuit of a new full-back has been widely reported this summer, with the Toffees previously eyeing Manchester United‘s Luke Shaw and Celtic’s Kieran Tierney as they seek a long-term replacement for Leighton Baines.

It appears that Barcelona’s France international full-back Lucas Digne is now the prioritised signing in this area and the Mirror has reported that the Toffees have seen a £22 million bid accepted by the LaLiga champions, with Digne now set to decide if he wants to move.

The 21-cap full-back was not part of France’s World Cup success, instead featuring on the standby list, and made 12 LaLiga appearances for Barcelona last season.

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One winner and one loser as Everton close in on signing Richarlison

Marco Silva is closing in on making his first major signing as Everton manager

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Everton look set to make their first signing of the summer and the first under new manager Marco Silva with the Premier League season only weeks away.

The Toffees are in advanced talks with Watford forward Richarlison over making a £50 million switch to Merseyside, according to Sky Sports.

The 21-year-old forward was signed by new Everton boss Silva last summer when he took over the reigns at Watford, and the pair look likely to be reunited at Goodison Park, for a much larger fee.

Richarlison hasn’t scored a goal since November 19th. However, the youngster looks set to become Marco Silva’s first major signing at the club.

Here at The Boot Room, we took a look at one winner and one loser in Richarlison’s imminent switch to Everton from Watford.

Winner – Watford

Watford will be making a humongous profit on Richarlison if reports are correct that a deal will take place for £50 million.

It was only last summer that the 21-year-old signed for Watford from Brazilian outfit Fluminense for £13 million and the forward hasn’t done much to warrant such a skyrocket in his value since then.

Nevertheless, it will turn out to be a great bit of business from Watford and cashing in on £50 million for a forward who only scored five goals in all competition’s last season is mind-boggling, to say the least.

As far as deals go, they don’t come much better than this, and if the Hornets invest the capital they receive for Richarlison successfully, they’ll be feeling fortunate.

Loser – Yannick Bolasie

If Richarlison does arrive on Merseyside, Yannick Bolasie will be likely to lose regular first team football for the Blues, with both players playing in similar positions.

The 29-year-old hasn’t done much on Merseyside to warrant a guaranteed starting place in Silva’s new setup, and the winger scored only one time in 18 appearances last season.

It’s a real shame for Bolasie, who came to Goodison Park with such promise from Crystal Palace for £25 million in 2016 after a terrific season for the Eagles.

Hopefully, Bolasie can prove himself to his new Portuguese manager over the preseason. However, expect Richarlison to be given the nod to start if he does sign.

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