Allardyce explains why Everton pair cannot play together

Date published: Monday 22nd January 2018 10:42

Sam Allardyce believes that Everton cannot accommodate both Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wayne Rooney in the same team.

Sigurdsson and Rooney both joined Everton in a summer of vast investment for the Toffees.

Ronald Koeman spent £150.6million, more than all but two sides, and £40m went towards the arrival of Sigurdsson.

Rooney arrived on a free, but Allardyce says that playing both in the same team poses a problem as neither are blessed with pace.

The pair started Allardyce’s first four games together, but have only been in the same starting line-up in one of the subsequent six matches.

“Last week I said we have not got a lot of legs in the team and we need to be quicker,” Allardyce said. “We’ve increased that with Theo [Walcott] and Yannick [Bolasie] when he gets back to full fitness but in midfield you have to be able to cover the ground.

“I think Rooney and Gylfi playing together are very shrewd, very clever and talented players but in actual terms of covering the ground it is difficult – it’s not their strength.

“So I have to make a big decision on who plays this one and who plays for next one. For me, Gylfi has been trudging away outside on the left side, so play him in the position he wants to play and see what he can do.

“As a team we are light in legs, in pace. And that is something I have to cope with until the end of this season and we look at the whole squad and say: ‘What do we do to make it better?’”

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