Allardyce rues McCarthy setback

Everton are set to be without midfielder James McCarthy for the rest of the season after he suffered a serious leg injury in the 1-1 draw with West Brom.

The Republic of Ireland international had to be stretchered off after an hour of the game at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon, having sustained the injury in a challenge with Albion striker Salomon Rondon.

It's a loss to us from now until the end of the season.

Sam Allardyce

And Toffees boss Sam Allardyce is expecting McCarthy to be absent for the remainder of the campaign, as he told reporters: "I think it's a compound fracture which is a nasty injury, so we'll need to get James back to fitness.

"It's a loss to us from now until the end of the season, it happens in the game of football, but not often that severe.

"It was our own fault and our own stupid play in that area. James recovered brilliantly to stop a goal, but suffered because of it."

Meanwhile, Allardyce was less than impressed with the overall performance of his side, who earned a point thanks to a goal from substitute Oumar Niasse, with the striker finding the net less than a minute after replacing Cenk Tosun.

He added in an interview with BBC Sport: "It was difficult to watch that. I see a lack of confidence due to recent results.

"It's my job to keep pushing the players, but there were a lot of nerves out there which caused lots of misplaced passes.

"Some of our decisions were not the right ones and it's our job to sort out those decisions in the minds of the players."

Everton are not back in action until Wednesday January 31st, when they welcome Leicester City to Merseyside.

The Toffees are 9/5 to win that game, with the draw priced at 11/5, while Everton are 8/1 to claim a 1-0 victory over the Foxes.

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Allardyce fires Toffees warning

Everton boss Sam Allardyce has warned his players they will have to go 'back to basics' after suffering a defensive nightmare in a 4-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

Allardyce was incensed by what he perceived to be an unprofessional and disorganised performance at Wembley, with the Toffees having trailed by just a single goal at half-time.

The visitors also failed to muster a single shot on target in the game, leaving Allardyce with plenty to ponder as his side have now not won any of their last six games in all competitions.

He told reporters: "Too many of our players decided not to defend anymore when Tottenham had the ball. I'm hugely disappointed in the professionalism of my players, it's out of order.

"It shocked me. I haven't seen it since I got here. Tottenham can beat anybody by a lot of goals, but they should have had to work a lot harder than they did.

"We keep foregoing the clean sheet to try and get a result and not getting a result. We need to go back to basics.

"It was surprising to see the collapse. That is what it was, a collapse of organisation and professionalism. The defending basics have gone out of the window and it is a question of being a bit more boring."

Allardyce has a full week to work with his squad to try and turn things around, with their next assignment a visit from west Brom next Saturday.

Everton are 6/5 to take all three points against the Baggies, with the draw priced at 2/1, while the Merseysiders are 4/11 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table come the end of the season.

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Allardyce confirms Walcott interest

Sam Allardyce has revealed that he is aiming to bring Arsenal's Theo Walcott to Everton before this month's transfer window closes.

The 28-year-old has spent more than 12 years with the Gunners but has slipped out of the first-team picture this season and failed to impress last weekend when making a rare appearance in the 4-2 FA Cup third-round loss at Nottingham Forest.

Allardyce has already signed striker Cenk Tosun from Besitkas for £27million this month but has sold Ross Barkley to Chelsea.

The Toffees boss said Walcott, who is also being linked with a return to Southampton, would be a "fantastic addition", who would offer a "goalscoring threat".

He added: "I don't think there's a chance of a loan. It's not imminent but negotiations are going on.

"I don't get optimistic otherwise I get disappointed. I'll be very excited and enthused when someone, even if it's not Theo, has signed on the dotted line.

"He's scored 100 goals for Arsenal from wide positions. His pace is a key strength which we lack. To add goals would be very important for me and he's only 28."

Walcott has scored 108 goals in 395 games for Arsene Wenger's side but has only made five brief substitute appearances in the Premier League this season.

Everton play Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday evening and can be backed at 12/1 to win the match while Tosun is 9/2 to score at any time.

Allardyce's side are 4/11 to finish in the top half of the Premier League this season while Spurs are 5/4 to seal a top-four spot.

Mirallas makes Everton exit

Everton manager Sam Allardyce has allowed Belgium international Kevin Mirallas to return to Olympiacos.

The 30-year-old moved to Goodison Park from the Greek side in the summer of 2012 and scored 29 times in 151 Premier League appearances for the Toffees.

However, he only featured in five Premier League matches this season, three of them as a substitute, with his last appearance coming at Southampton in November.

Allardyce has already allowed Ross Barkley to join Chelsea this month, while completing the signing of Cenk Tosun from Besiktas.

The 26-year-old Turkish striker, who has penned a four-and-a-half-year deal with Everton, is looking forward to starting a new chapter in his career.

"We had amazing fans, maybe the best fans in Turkey, and I have heard the Everton fans are the same," he said. "I cannot wait to meet them in the stadium and they have to trust me.

"I am very much looking forward to playing at Goodison Park. I know the stadium from watching the games on television and I have heard a lot about it."

Tosun could make his Everton debut at Wembley next Saturday when Allardyce's side take on Tottenham.

Everton are 10/1 to beat Spurs and 12/1 to win the match by a one-goal margin.

Allardyce happy to strike deal

Everton boss Sam Allardyce is confident that his club have signed the best striker in Europe that they were able to in snapping up Cenk Tosun from Besiktas.

The 26-year-old Turkey international joins for a fee in the region of £27million, which Allardyce believes will prove to be good value for money.

He told the club's official website ahead of a fiery 2-1 FA Cup third-round derby defeat at Liverpool: "He is Turkey's number one striker and has scored goals in the Champions League and the Turkish League.

"I don't think you can look any more than we have done and, for the price, this is the best in Europe at the moment.

"We could not have carried out any more research – we have looked at the player's talent and goalscoring ability, which is fantastic.

"And this lad looks like he is resilient and strong mentally, too. He has a good pedigree and is another player who is desperate to play in the Premier League."

Tosun has scored eight times in the Turkish Super Lig this season, having found the net 18 times last term as Besiktas were crowned champions.

He also has eight goals in 25 appearances to his name for the Turkey national team and was part of the squad who failed to make it out of the group stage at Euro 2016.

The Toffee are back in Premier League action next Saturday when they head to the capital to take on Tottenham Hotspur, with Everton hoping to end a run of five games without a win in all competitions.

Everton are priced at 4/11 to finish in the top half of the table this season, with Burnley available at 1/10 and Watford 13/10.

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Allardyce targets attacking boost

Everton boss Sam Allardyce has warned his side that they need to tighten up in defence until they are able to pose more of a goalscoring threat to their opponents.

Allardyce was speaking after seeing his team beaten 2-0 at home by Manchester United, with the Toffees failing to register a shot on target in the game at Goodison Park on New Year's Day.

And the former England boss is well aware of the problem facing himself and his players, as they start to prepare for an FA Cup third-round showdown with Everton on Friday evening.

"We need to strengthen our frontline – I think we all know that," Allardyce told the club's official website.

"We're trying to do the hardest job of all by securing a player in that position. It wasn't achieved before the season and it may not be achieved this January, but we're trying.

"Until that happens, we have got to maintain our defensive solidity."

And the Toffees are hopeful that Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun will become the player to fill their attacking gap.

The 26-year-old Turkey international is reported to be the subject of a major offer from the Toffees, with Allardyce adding: We have done all we can. I presume we will know more in the next 24 hours.

"Our deal is in. It is up to them whether they accept our deal."

The Toffees are priced at 13/2 to defeat Liverpool in normal time at Anfield on Friday evening, with a 1-0 Everton victory available at 20/1, while the visitors are 7/1 to keep a clean sheet against their city rivals.

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Rooney back to boost Everton

Sam Allardyce has confirmed that Wayne Rooney has recovered from illness and could feature in Everton's game against Bournemouth on Saturday.

The 32-year-old missed the Toffees' recent draws against Chelsea and West Brom but has returned to training.

Former Manchester United star Rooney has netted 11 times in 24 appearances so far this season and is 21/10 to score at any time against the Cherries.

"Wayne is back from illness," said Allardyce. "He has been stuck in bed for three days.

"The only thing we have done recently is transformed the team into a better defensive unit, and that has given us a platform. But I am still a little concerned about the amount of goals we are capable of scoring."

Allardyce has also revealed that Yannick Bolasie showed no ill-effects after playing for more that an hour at The Hawthorns on his return to action after a 12-month lay-off, while James McCarthy played for the Under-23s just before Christmas.

However, Ross Barkley and Idrissa Gana Gueye are still some way from a return to first-team action.

"James should be training with us on Friday and should be fit for selection," Allardyce added. "Yannick seems alright [from the West Brom game] as well.

"We will find out about Idrissa on Friday. It might be a bit risky to play him against Bournemouth, in the hope that he will be OK for Manchester United.

"I'd like to have had Ross by now but that hasn't been the case just yet. But he is training with us on a regular basis and he's very close to being available for selection."

Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman remain sidelined for an Everton team that can be backed at 23/10 to win at Bournemouth and at 5/2 to keep a clean sheet against Eddie Howe's side, 9/4 to be relegated this season.

Pardew wants fans help

West Brom boss Alan Pardew says that the fans can play their part in the club's efforts to start winning again.

Pardew is yet to taste victory with Albion since taking over from Tony Pulis; they have now not won in 17 Premier League games, their latest effort being a 3-1 defeat at Stoke City.

It is a run of form that sees the Baggies in the bottom three in the Premier League table at Christmas.

They are second from bottom, three points from safety ahead of a Boxing Day clash at home to Everton, a club revitalised since Sam Allardyce arrived.

Pardew has failed to engineer a similar revival at the Hawthorns and now says the fans have their part to play if they are to get themselves away from the relegation zone.

He told the club's website: "I spoke about the fans during [the] half-time [team talk] because they, like us, would've been wondering how on earth we were losing the game 2-0.

"We had to show them that we were up for the fight and I think we did that. They were obviously disappointed at the finish but it was good to see them give the players a positive reaction.

"That was really appreciated and now we need them more than ever.

"We need to get our stadium rocking against Everton because that might just be the difference that gets us out of this terrible run."

Albion are 29/20 to win on Boxing Day with Everton 2/1 and the draw priced at 21/10.

Following the Everton game Pardew's side are in action on New Year's Eve, at home to Arsenal before travelling to play West Ham on 2nd January.

Albion are 10/11 to be relegated at the end of the season.

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Sam ‘well satisfied’ with point

Sam Allardyce admitted that Everton were low on quality in possession in their scoreless draw with champions Chelsea but he was content with a draw.

The Toffees boss remains unbeaten since taking over from Ronald Koeman last month, with Allardyce having avoided defeat in his first five games and lifted the club up to ninth in the table.

Everton skipper Phil Jagielka cleared off the line from Tiemoue Bakayoko and Willian as Antonio Conte's side were left feeling frustrated.

Michael Keane could have stolen all three points for the home side in stoppage time, but his header from a Gylfi Sigurdsson corner cleared the crossbar.

The home side conceded a lot of possession to their visitors, but Chelsea couldn't muster a goal.

While admitting his team must do better in possession, Allardyce was happy with a stalemate and he expects that Everton will acquit themselves better again lesser sides than Chelsea.

"Hard-earned is certainly right," Allardyce told Sky Sports. "In terms of effort, commitment, organisation, we have played a hugely talented front five and have had a bit of luck but rolled up our sleeves to get a result.

"It keeps the undefeated run going, and you have to respect a point against the big boys.

"It is disappointing that we did not really threaten their goal apart from Michael Keane's header at the end. The quality of the ball was disappointing today, but the effort was top class and we are well satisfied with a point.

"We want to be better in possession, but when we dominated Swansea, that is what we will be like against other teams."

Everton are 19/10 to win at West Brom on Boxing Day. The Baggies are 7/5 while the draw is 9/4.

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Allardyce drives Toffees forward

Everton manager Sam Allardyce is looking for his team to continue their improvement and not slacken off in the coming months of Premier League action.

The Toffees have moved up into the top half of the league table on the back of a return of 13 points from their last five games, all but banishing fears of being involved in a relegation scrap later on in the campaign.

However, Allardyce has warned his players not to ease off, with European qualification a possibility if the Merseysiders continue to impress.

Ahead of a Saturday visit from reigning champions Chelsea, Allardyce told reporters: "There are 20 games to go and 20 games where we have to try and continue our run of being undefeated if that's possible and to try and pick up as many points as we can.

"There's no room for complacency and there's still a long way for us to develop our play and get better.

"While the results have been the most important thing and made us very comfortable, our performances I hope are going to improve week in, week out."

Everton are available at 5/1 to defeat Chelsea, with a 1-1 draw priced at 13/2, while the hosts are 4/1 to keep a clean sheet.

Meanwhile, Allardyce also confirmed that both Yannick Bolasie (knee) and Ross Barkley (hamstring) are finally closing in on a return to the first-team fold, having not featured at all so far this season

He added: "Physically he (Bolasie) is ready, technically he's a little rusty but we have to think about throwing him in at some stage. He could be on the bench tomorrow.

"If everything continues the way it is, early January (for Barkley)."

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