Everton winger Theo Walcott has delivered a positive appraisal of Carlo Ancelotti, insisting the Italian is a strong man-manager.
The Englishman, a match-winner last weekend against Watford, was speaking about the impact made by the three-time Champions League winner, who has tasted defeat just once so far at Goodison Park.
Ancelotti has had a great impact so far, helping the Toffees climb into the top half of the table.
Sitting ninth, they are now just one win away from the European places.
Walcott has been impressed with Ancelotti tactically, but moved to praise the human side of the 60-year-old.
He said (Goal): “He has this aura of calm. It’s like ‘don’t panic, everything is OK’, and that really stands out with him.
“Carlo will talk to you about anything. He was asking my opinion on what wine he should buy recently. I mean, I’d have said he was more an expert in that field! He should be telling me.”
One man who has certainly improved since Ancelotti’s arrival is youngster Moise Kean, and Walcott reckons it’s only a matter of time before it really clicks for the teenager in English football.
“He’s a workaholic. He does some mad things with the ball, and he’s probably the strongest guy I’ve ever come across as well. I mean, Yerry [Mina] is a big unit but Moise can more than hold his own in that battle.”
TBR’s view – So far, so good for Ancelotti
Walcott’s assessment of Ancelotti is going to go down well with the vast majority of Everton supporters.
The former Chelsea boss is measured and meticulous, and it seems clear the respect he has for his players is reciprocated, which will go a long way in the long-term.
Kean’s response has been encouraging, and the Italian duo could soon strike up a great partnership at the club.