Everton boss Sam Allardyce has questioned the wisdom in the Premier League staging seven fixtures on transfer deadline day.
The Merseyside club are one of the 14 top-flight clubs in action on January 31 as they attempt to end a winless streak stretching back to December 18 when Leicester visit Goodison Park.
Allardyce therefore claims the focus on ending his side’s lean run takes priority from the incomings and outgoings of his squad, while he wondered whether it is fair on players who are being linked with moves away to feature for their clubs on Wednesday.
Asked whether he had made progress with any signings, he said at his pre-match press conference: “Not yet but I would expect my focus is not on the transfer window because unfortunately, yet again, the Premier League has decided to play a game right on the transfer window deadline.
“We had to suffer this last season, clearly at the (Premier League) AGM they didn’t think it was worthy of not doing it this time round and they’ve done it this time round.
“I remember being at Crystal Palace (last season) and being exactly the same. It was horrendous, not just for me but the chairman and chief executive.
“If I pick a team today and tomorrow there’s a splash in a paper saying one of those players (in the team) is going to be sold, how is that player going to approach playing in the game against Leicester?
“Is that right? No, but we have to cope with it.”