'It's completely gone' - Allardyce makes big claim about Everton first-team stars
By George Brooks
Sam Allardyce says the Everton players have completely stopped believing in themselves and lost all confidence.
Allardyce has been strongly linked with the managerial vacancy at Goodison Park, and Sky Sports has reported that he has had talks with Everton owner Farhad Moshiri.
Everton have been looking for a new manager since Ronald Koeman was sacked last month, after the 5-2 home defeat by Arsenal left them in the Premier League relegation zone.
The Toffees came from 2-0 down to beat Watford 3-2 in dramatic circumstances on Saturday, but the former England boss is concerned by the lack of confidence in the side.
“Everton are obviously in a bad place at the moment and, like every football club that is struggling, it’s mainly down to a loss of belief,” Allardyce told Paddy Power News.
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“When a player plays with confidence, that’s when he’s playing to the best of his ability. At the minute, I can’t see that with that set of Everton players. It’s completely gone.”
Allardyce went on to say that whoever becomes the new manager at Goodison Park has to make restoring confidence and morale a serious priority.
There has been a lot of expectation and speculation over whether the Toffees can improve on last season’s finish of seventh place in the Premier League, following their busy summer in the transfer market.
Although they lost top scorer Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, former boss Koeman boosted his squad with a number of new signings.
The Dutchman brought in the likes attacking midfielder Gylfi Siguardsson, defender Michael Keane, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and club legend Wayne Rooney.
However, the club have struggled without Lukaku’s firepower and have only managed ten Premier League goals this season.
Sunday’s result against Watford has lifted the club out of the bottom three, but it was their first league victory since mid-September.
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