El-Hadji Diouf believes Sam Allardyce will eventually take Everton to the Champions League and referred to the manager’s style of football as “champagne football.”
In an interview with The Sun, the former Liverpool attacker was full of praise for his once manager, and addressed critics who slammed his style of football.
“If Sam goes there they’ll eventually reach the Champions League,” prediction Diouf before adding, “He is a man who with zero can be the best; they need a character.”
The 36-year-old played under Allardyce at Bolton Wanderers, and arguably enjoyed the best spell of his career there, playing 132 games and scoring 24 goals for the club.
Diouf referred to the team Allardyce built at Bolton and said, “with Bolton we played champagne football with Hierro, Campo, Okocha and myself.”
The former England manager has recieved stick previously for the way he sets-up his teams, with fans labeling him boring but Diouf disagrees.
The 63-year-old is expected to be named the new Toffees boss, and succeed Ronald Koeman who was sacked on October 23.
Ahead of his expected appointment, Everton are 17th in the Premier League with 12 points from 13 games, making them only two points clear of the relegation zone.
The Toffees take on West Ham on Wednesday night, with David Unsworth expected to still be charge of Everton, and a defeat could see them slip into the relegation zone.
In other Everton news, here is Unsworth’s predicted Toffees line-up for tonight’s must-win Premier League clash.