Everton manager Sam Allardyce has challenged the players to improve their away form starting with this weekend’s trip to Watford.
Following a break in the fixture calendar and the players heading out for a warm weather training camp, we are now gearing up for the weekend’s trip to Vicarage Road and Allardyce is demanding an uplift in away results given our far better home form.
Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media earlier today, Allardyce explained.
‘If we can improve our away results and continue our home results we can look up rather than down. There has been an improvement since I`ve been here, but for me it`s still not good enough. And we want to improve on that. We`ve taken the Club into a position where who knows where we can finish? Rather than fighting against relegation which was what it was looking like just before I came in.’
In terms of team news ahead of the game, Allardyce said that Seamus Coleman was a doubt and Ramiro Funes Mori was likely to miss out as well, but the Argentine is pencilled in for an Under 23 run out following his long term knee injury.
Leighton Baines is now in training regularly and could be set for a return following his long-term calf injury as well.
There was of course praise for our youngsters once again.
‘We`re playing more young players than anybody else. I think that`s the best assessment I can give. A lot of that came around by the injuries to the more senior players, which gave these opportunities for the younger players – and the younger players have grasped those opportunities. They`re playing a lot of minutes in the Premier League which will stand them in good stead for the future. It`s very difficult to establish yourself at 21 and under and those lads have been doing a fantastic job for themselves and their careers – and for Everton Football Club. But they’ve got to continue to get better.’
Theo Walcott also came in for praise with Allardyce saying he gives us a different dimension in attack given his qualities.