Sam Allardyce admits Wayne Rooney struggles to make an impact against “the very best opposition” while Davy Klaassen remains an “anomaly” tot he Everton manager.
Rooney was furious to be substituted around the hour mark of Saturday’s Merseyside derby draw which came a week after he was replaced during the 3-1 defeat to Manchester City.
Allardyce accepts Rooney is ‘bound to be disappointed’ but the manager doubts his ability to make an impact against the Premier League’s best.
The Toffees boss said: “I can agree with you, to a certain degree, that Wayne struggles against the very best opposition.
“He didn’t play very well in the first half against Manchester City but, before that, he had been outstanding and we had been a little bit short in midfield in recent weeks anyway.
“We’re still playing Tom Davies at 19 and bringing on Beni Baningime at 19-years-old and we are without Gylfi Sigurdsson, who can play there.
“Davy Klaassen is still an anomaly to me. Will he or won’t he? If I had the opportunity to play him I would, but I haven’t because I’ve got to win.
“So, I don’t have the luxury of saying, ‘Go on, give it a go lad,’ because if we lose, it’s me who gets the stick.”