Supporters of Everton have fumed over a ‘transfer message’ which has been sent from the Toffees’ former manager Sam Allardyce to Carlo Ancelotti.
As reported by the Liverpool Echo, with quotes relayed from his punditry on BT Sport, the club’s former gaffer stated that Ancelotti will likely want to sign a central defender and a central midfielder, which had some fans unhappy that he was weighing in.
— Everton FC News (@LivEchoEFC) February 9, 2020
Carlo Ancelotti takes that message and puts it straight in the bin.
— Adam Partington (@PartAdam) February 9, 2020
I think Mr Ancelotti knows without the Oracle Alerdyce advice …. how many trophies has Sam won again ?
— Paul (@goodysonx74) February 9, 2020
Who cares what #hippohead thinks? The media love him, #why? He came he bored he got the boot + the loot !!! He knows nothing about #EFC and he never understood the fans of this great club, end of pic.twitter.com/i74krwvAUw
— Geoff Morris #MGWV (@nighthawkgeoff) February 9, 2020
Was Sam Allardyce correct in his estimation that Carlo Ancelotti would want to sign a central defender and midfielder?
Yes, that is where we need new faces
No, we need to strengthen elsewhere
Allardyce is still clearly not a well-liked man in Merseyside following his time at the helm of the Goodison Park club (per The Guardian), although the response here may be a little harsh.
The post makes it sound like Allardyce has made a suggestion with his ‘transfer message’, however, he merely suggested where Ancelotti probably “would want to strengthen”, implying that the Italian will already have his ideas – though fans fumed regardless.
Why is anyone paying this guy to spout obvious statements – surely there are better pundits?? Who does he have pictures of? pic.twitter.com/G6GIpYeDnL
— Adrian Mansfield (@amansfield34) February 9, 2020
I don’t know why he is so bitter, a multi million pound pay off and he knew he was brought in to do a job. He did it and the club moved on!
— Catherine Breen (@kategb9) February 9, 2020
Like Ancelotti is going to listen to that dinosaur!! ????
— Patrick Fogarty (@Pcf4) February 9, 2020
Think Carlo will pass on Big Sams advice
— Deiseman (@DeiseALLIre59) February 9, 2020
What do we think?
While many Everton fans were quick to dismiss what Allardyce had to say on where Ancelotti would likely want to strengthen, he was not wrong in his estimation.
With Michael Keane averaging just a 6.73/10 match rating this season and Gylfi Sigurdsson not faring much better with a 6.74/10, compared to the players who the former England gaffer praised in Richarlison (7.35/10) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (6.9/10) (as per WhoScored), he may not be wrong.