'Massive headache' - Allardyce reveals what is holding Everton back despite great form
Everton manager Sam Allardyce says the club’s injury list is holding them back, as they look to build on their four-match unbeaten run, and singled out Yannick Bolasie as key to the Toffees’ fortunes.
The Toffees have won three of their last four games in all competitions and appear to have turned a corner in their season after Allardyce was confirmed as manager last month.
However, the Goodison Park side are currently without a number of key first-team stars, including defenders Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman. They are also missing crucial midfield players Ross Barkley, James McCarthy and Yannick Bolasie.
Allardyce feels that the club’s hefty injury list is preventing the team from achieving their full potential and believes his new side will continue to improve when key names return from the sidelines.
“A lot of big players missing from this squad. We’re still getting results and will improve even more when these players get back,” said the Everton boss, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“With Bolasie, he’ll be eager to get back, like any player who’s been out for a long time. My difficulty will be holding him back.
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“We need to integrate them back into the squad as soon as possible, which will give me a massive headache, but I’m looking forward to it.”
The Everton manager was speaking at his press conference ahead of the Premier League clash with Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Wednesday evening.
The Toffees go into the game in 10th place in the Premier League table after the 1-1 draw with rivals Liverpool in the Merseyside derby at Anfield on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Newcastle have lost six of their last seven games and will go into the Premier League clash just two points above the relegation zone.
In other Everton news, here is Allardyce’s best possible line-up for the game.