Allardyce: We Must Improve In Possession

By | December 26, 2017

Sam Allardyce says his Everton side must now start to show signs of improving in possession after shoring up their defence.

New boss Allardyce has helped the Blues go unbeaten in their last seven outings in all competitions, with five victories and two draws in that time.

Five clean sheets have also been recorded in that period – and with those solid foundations in place, Allardyce has called on his players to display more quality as an attacking unit.

“It was a terrific effort from the players against Chelsea,” said Allardyce. “I am looking for more quality in possession, but there was some really good effort and organisation and determination.

“We changed the shape of the team at half-time to get two front men on but did not get enough quality into those front men to get into the game a bit more.

“It is time now to work on the talent of the side in possession and get that better. I thought we were really good against Swansea in the second half. It will always be a bit of a struggle against Chelsea but I still think we should have done more in possession.”

The Premier League’s infamously gruelling festive schedule is in full swing, with the visit of Chelsea the Toffees’ first game in the space of 10 days.

With that and an injury sustained by Idrissa Gana Gueye during the clash with the reigning Premier League champions in mind, Allardyce says he is likely to once again shuffle his pack when he takes his side to West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day.

“I have to give some credit to Dominic up front, who is dead on his feet now, the young man has been playing week-in, week-out,” said Allardyce. “He was battling away up there to try to get something [against Chelsea].

“The whole team – subs included – have done a great job to get us a valuable point and it keeps spirits up.

“We will move them around a little bit [for the game against West Brom]. Gana is a problem We cannot afford any more injuries. The slightest of injuries now is 10 days-two weeks to recover. In that period of time we have four games. At this time of year, the last thing you want is injuries. People with even small injuries miss four very important football matches. In February or March they only miss two or three in an entire month.”