Carlo Ancelotti has predicted that Everton fans will love what new signing Allan will bring to the team and says that next season promises to be much better than the last.
The Italian took charge of the club on Boxing Day last year following Marco Silva'd dismissal and Ancelotti's own from Napoli and while he initially oversaw a revival in the Blues' fortunes, by the end of a campaign disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic the scale of his task had been laid bare.
Everton limped to a 12th place finish on the back of just one win in their last six games, with central midfield exposed as an enormous problem area. Together with Director of Football, Marcel Brands, Ancelotti has worked over the close season to address those deficiencies, with Allan's transfer from Napoli confirmed on Saturday and Abdoulaye Doucouré and James Rodriguez expected to be unveiled shortly.
Ancelotti feels as though in Allan he has signed one of the best players in the world in his position and anticipates the Brazilian having a tremendous impact on the team's fortunes.
“We want to make progress,” Ancelotti said. “The position last season was not enough. We want to improve and we are trying to do everything to improve the squad to be better next season.
“I am sure the fans will love Allan's characteristics. And I am sure the fans are also going to love our season.
“Allan is very aggressive. Defensively, he is really good. My personal opinion is that he is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world. He is intelligent tactically and he has got a lot of energy. He is a player whose energy can make the others better.
“It was not easy to find a deal but, in the end, we were able to do it and I think he will prove to be a fantastic player for us with quality and ability.”
Everton kick off the 2020-21 season at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday but face an anxious wait to see if Mason Holgate will be passed fit after he hobbled out of the friendly win over Preston on Saturday afternoon.
The initial diagnosis was a toe injury and he is doubtful for the season opener but Yerry Mina has been training this week and his manager expects him to be fit while Ancelotti also hopes that midfielder Fabian Delph will be passed fit as he continues to recover from the soft-tissue complaint that dogged him over the “Project Restart” period between June and July.
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1 Posted 07/09/2020 at 00:45:16
2 Posted 07/09/2020 at 00:56:53
Everybody does, of course, but this guy definitely cuts a particularly snazzy figure in our shirt.
3 Posted 07/09/2020 at 01:08:15
Looking forward to seeing how a midfielder with energy and aggression plays. Who was the last player on our books to fit that description?
4 Posted 07/09/2020 at 01:37:50
5 Posted 07/09/2020 at 02:32:35
It wasn't that long ago, that South American players (especially from Brazil) are seen as not tough enough to handle the rumble and tumble of the Premier League.
Now, our best bet for a midfield enforcer, is from the land of Samba football... : )
Interesting, isn't it?
6 Posted 07/09/2020 at 04:59:08
I will also try to find odds on Marco Silva being the next Barcelona boss as soon as he takes over the Portuguese national team.
7 Posted 07/09/2020 at 08:20:22
Can't wait to see him in action, though, whatever he looks like.
8 Posted 07/09/2020 at 08:35:31
9 Posted 07/09/2020 at 08:42:08
10 Posted 07/09/2020 at 08:50:28
He was the top tackler in Serie A the last 2 seasons I believe. He's basically Gana – see ball, get ball. The kid loves a tackle, he even celebrates them like he scored a goal.
11 Posted 07/09/2020 at 08:54:11
12 Posted 07/09/2020 at 09:34:09
Seriously, Allan will be a canny signing for that fee, the guy has been around the block and he's very much the type of player we have missed since Gana left, he may well prove to be a step-up again but let's wait and see first.
Every signing is a risk but there was no logical way that we could go again with that midfield from last season.
13 Posted 07/09/2020 at 10:16:02
Nowadays, Everton has a distinctly South American feel – with 3 Brazilians and 2 Colombians (fingers crossed). It is high time Everton started making people sit up and take notice with our performances and results. We have underperformed for far too long.
14 Posted 07/09/2020 at 10:57:07
By rights now, with the international talent we possess, we should be performing far better than we have done in recent years.
The time for being overly patient needs to stop and we need to start showing ourselves as a force that should be reckoned with.
No more fear of going away to the top six – take em' on! Other clubs like Southampton and Palace – go to these venues with the mentality that Everton Football Club should go there with but so often don't.
It's time to start rocking a few boats!
15 Posted 07/09/2020 at 12:42:13
It may mean plenty of yellow cards until he learns and settles into Premier league life but he's definitely a quality player. A defensive minded energetic midfielder with a bit of pace and aggression.
16 Posted 07/09/2020 at 13:57:10
Allan and James will probably take a bit of time to adapt to the Premier League but, on the face of it, they are clear improvements over the current players.
I'd love to get off to a flyer with the 3 new lads at the weekend but I would also quite happily accept steady improvement over the next 3 months. I'm realistic about the impact of a rip and replace on the midfield and the time it might take for players to gel.
What I am excited about is that Carlo has not only helped us move decisively to fix a massive problem but also clearly enabled us to engage a higher quality of signing already. Can you imagine us talking to players of the quality of these three at any time recently?
17 Posted 07/09/2020 at 15:02:49
Do you think spectators will go back to stadiums at some point in this new season in the Premier League?? Can't wait to go to Goodison to see this new team!
18 Posted 07/09/2020 at 16:19:04
19 Posted 07/09/2020 at 17:22:21
20 Posted 07/09/2020 at 17:36:42
21 Posted 07/09/2020 at 17:48:39
22 Posted 07/09/2020 at 18:19:46
I never thought I'd see an Everton team line up with 50% of the team being South American. How times change hopefully for the better.
23 Posted 07/09/2020 at 19:55:06
He's basically Gana – see ball, get ball.
Me and another TW 'Merican were impressed with Gana when there were a lot of naysayers. Me and another TW 'Merican were distraught when Gana left, and knew we had a big, big problem filling that hole. Being narcissistic as hell as it's all about me and another American's opinion being spot on about Gana in all respects, I'm hoping me and another TW 'Merican are two thumbs up on Allan when we see him play in Blue. He's filling a hole in our squad that your cousins across the pond have been screaming needs addressing.
Mike [said 'other American previously noted] can speak for himself, but I think he'd agree with the above.
We need, need, need this guy. No one in our midfield presently can do what this dude purportedly can do. He will instantaneously make us a better side.
Self-absorption dictates you ignore proper English and start sentences with "Me" and not "Person X and I". Thought I'd mention that, too.
24 Posted 08/09/2020 at 00:34:56
25 Posted 10/09/2020 at 08:34:33
He is just what Professor Carlo wanted and that will do for me.
26 Posted 10/09/2020 at 08:59:35
The improvement I hope to see is better ball retention in midfield, especially when we move forward. Gana was top class at getting the ball back but he had far too much to do!
27 Posted 10/09/2020 at 09:27:01
28 Posted 10/09/2020 at 09:40:01
29 Posted 10/09/2020 at 09:49:18
Will be interesting to see how that tactical approach and the new personnel translates to a style of football.
30 Posted 10/09/2020 at 10:29:46
Also in the papers today I see Klopp is moaning that they are not like the clubs owned by countries and oligarchs. He seems to be saying that the lack of crowds is having a huge effect on what he can do in the transfer market, he says they cant change their model overnight. So if crowds arent allowed back till next March then it seems there spending will be greatly curtailed.
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