Everton manager Sam Allardyce believes that the signings of Cenk Tosun and Theo Walcott prove that he is not as negative a manager as is being made out.
The former England boss made his comments prior to the Toffees’ weekend Premier League fixture against Southampton amid constant jibes from supporters who feel their side is not performing as they should considering the vast sums of money Farhad Moshiri has ploughed into the Merseyside outfit.
As quoted in the Liverpool Echo, Allardyce said: “The two things we were lacking at Everton were the number of goals we scored and the number of goals we conceded.
“If you look at our defence now the record has become more solid, the goals could be better but we are scoring goals.”
Allardyce arrived at Goodison Park back in November to steady what was at the time a sinking ship, with Ronald Koeman’s time at the helm resulting in the team enduring a dreadful start to the season and were faced with the threat of relegation.
However, despite allaying those concerns and guiding the Blues to eighth in the table it would seem that is not good enough for fans who continually berate their boss for his reliance on long-ball tactics and inability to play attractive and exciting football.
Presently, the side are in a good run of form, having suffered defeat just once in their past seven league games which has led to a Manager of the Month nomination for the former Bolton manager.
Here is a selection of Twitter reactions from Everton supporters in response to their manager’s latest comments:
We keep hearing about 14 points from the last 7 games. Big wow. The real issue was the 9 points and a cup defeat from the preceding 12 games.
— Shropshire Blues (@ShropsBlues) May 4, 2018
Doesn't matter who he buys, he's not wanted at Everton football club
— Dave (@daveg2018) May 4, 2018
Oh he’s changed his opinion on Tosun has he? The guys a fraud get rid
— Jamie Mackenzie (@thebluemadmax) May 4, 2018
It's not about who you buy it's about how you play them. How the team is set up and lumping it forward to an isolated front man is clearly not going to work.#Allardyceout
— EFC Mour (@EFCmour1878) May 5, 2018
Sam did what he was brought into do , steady the team cause we were falling fast at the start of the season , but now , he has to go , we need a long term manager , but in no way am I annoyed at Sam , only doing his job for us
— Daddy Niasse (@ScammerIndian) May 5, 2018
Because we don’t move the ball forward quickly enough to create chances our midfield is pedestrian with 2 DMs playing and Rooney who doesn’t have the legs
— Jon Blackburn (@JonB1878) May 5, 2018
— 🇬🇧⚽ Peter ⚽SILVA OUT. (@TheTOFFEE_) May 4, 2018
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