Jamie Redknapp has warned Sam Allardyce not to “splash the cash” in the January transfer window in order to strengthen his Everton squad.
Allardyce won his first game in charge of the Toffees on Saturday as they brushed aside Huddersfield 2-0 at Goodison Park.
His successor Ronald Koeman spent well over £100million on bolstering the squad in the summer by bringing in the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen and Jordan Pickford.
Although most of them are yet to find their true form and prove their worth, former Tottenham player Redknapp has warned Allardyce to put faith in what he currently has on his hands and avoid the temptation of spending big next month.
“When Sam Allardyce took over at Crystal Palace, I wrote in these pages that their squad was far too good to be in a relegation battle,” Redknapp said on the Daily Mail website.
“While Everton’s squad was left unbalanced after some muddled recruitment last summer, I similarly do not see them as relegation candidates.
“It would be a big mistake for Allardyce to splash the cash and make quick-fix, short-term signings in January. Everton have some exciting young players and can look forward to an injection of pace when Yannick Bolasie returns from injury.
“Allardyce should be looking to get the best from Everton’s young stars.”
Everton were thought to be in a relegation battle after suffering from woeful form under Koeman and caretaker manager David Unsworth, but it seems that those fears were short-lived as Saturday’s win saw the Merseysiders rise up to 10th in the Premier League table – eight points clear of the bottom three.
Unsworth guided the Blues to a huge 4-0 win over West Ham in his final game in the hotseat last week as Allardyce watched on from the stands.
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