Everton should be worried about their midfield situation with both Fabian Delph and Allan out injured.
That is the view of former Aston Villa and England striker Gabby Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley about how he has been told Allan is out for a lengthy period.
Delph has been out with a hamstring injury since 5 December, while £21million summer signing Allan has been absent with a similar muscular problem since 16 December, leaving manager Carlo Ancelotti with no choice but to consider other midfield options.
Gylfi Sigurdsson has started all four of Everton’s league matches since Delph’s injury, having made just four out of 10 Premier League starts prior to it. Since Allan has been sidelined, Tom Davies has too played every league match.
Agbonlahor was lukewarm on Davies, suggesting that Carlo Ancelotti will axe him at the first opportunity in favour of more accomplished options.
Asked what he thought of the England Under-21 man’s recent performances, he told Football Insider: “Yeah, he’s done okay. But I look more towards Fabian Delph coming in and playing before Tom Davies.
“Once he’s back from injury, he’ll be back in the team before Davies because he’s not been the answer really, for me.
“I’d rather have someone with the quality and experience of Fabian Delph.
“I’m sure that’s something that we’ll see because I’m hearing Allan’s hurt his hamstring so I’m sure he’ll be out for a while.”
Everton invested heavily in their midfield over the summer, with James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucore joining alongside Allan.
So far, the investment has paid dividends, with Everton sitting 2nd in the Premier League table ahead of their 28 December meeting with Manchester City.