Allardyce: How fringe Everton players can win places back

Date published: Tuesday 30th January 2018 11:36

Sam Allardyce has challenged his Everton fringe players to rise to the challenge of claiming a place in the first team.

Everton have signed two players this summer in Cenk Tosun and Theo Walcott, but their remaining business is likely to involve sales or loan departures.

Davy Klaassen is one of a number of players who look to have no future under Allardyce, as well as Sandro Ramirez and Mo Besic.

Asked what will happen if Everton fail to offload said players, Allardyce replied: “We’ll have to deal with it if that’s the case.

“The challenge for the players is hardest of all. Sitting, moping and feeling sorry for yourselves is not the answer.

“I think the answer is for them to be determined, dedicated and prove to us as managers and coaches they deserve a place in the squad or the team. That is their responsibility.

“Do they really put it in during training when you tell them the extra training they do is not a punishment but it is to keep them physically and mentally capable of taking a chance when it comes their way?

“We have a lot of players to manage on a daily basis and then when training finishes the extras are laid out for the players.

“Go have a look at your own game, look at what you have done. It is not our responsibility as much as theirs to see the analysts who every day are logging their performances.

“They can improve themselves by analysing their own performance without the coach or manager being there.

“There is nothing wrong with looking at your own performance and saying ‘What can I do better?’

“You don’t have to always be guided by us [coaching staff], you are there as a human being to think for yourself.”

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