By Laura O'Leary

4th Dec, 2017 | 5:12pm

BBC pundit raves about much-criticised Everton star 'at the heart' of both recent wins

Garth Crooks has heaped praise on Sam Allardyce and Ashley Williams after the 2-0 win against Huddersfield.

However, in his weekly column for BBC Sport, Crooks also fired a salvo at the owners, asking “where do they go?”.

“What a difference a manager can make,” Crooks said. “The arrival of Sam Allardyce at Goodison Park seems to have made all the difference.

“Everton look unrecognisable from the side I saw get destroyed at Southampton. Against West Ham in midweek they looked lively, and during Saturday’s game against Huddersfield their back four looked as solid as I have seen them for some time.

“At the heart of both performances was Ashley Williams.

I have always liked Williams’ approach to the game, and I was interested to hear him say in his post-match interview that the dressing room is now a much happier place… But the question is, where do Everton go from here?

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“Are they intent of hovering in mid-table or do the owners have something special in mind?”

Crooks provided no answers but just hoped for Allardyce’s sake that it was “worth it” as he had come out of retirement for this job.

Under Allardyce, Everton defeated Huddersfield Town 2-0 with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin grabbing the goals.

Williams had previously struggled this season and had come in for heavy criticism from fans, but the pundit believes he has a new lease of life under Allardyce.

The new manager faces a tough time making it three league wins in a row for Everton, as his side face Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Sunday.

Ahead of the game, the Toffees sit 10th in the table with 18 points, 11 points behind their bitter rivals.

In other Everton news, this Premier League manager has taken a swipe at the new Toffees boss Sam Allardyce.

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