Everton supporters have been significantly more upbeat in the Transfer Tavern in the last few weeks following the upturn in form under new manager Sam Allardyce, and they’ll hope that their team can continue that fine run against Premier League champions Chelsea on Saturday.
Former England boss Allardyce was appointed as Ronald Koeman’s successor back on November 30 and has since overseen four victories in five matches, the latest of which coming on Monday night as the Toffees came from behind to beat basement side Swansea City 3-1 at Goodison Park. And our resident Evertonians are hoping that their team can maintain their unbeaten start to life under Allardyce against Antonio Conte’s Chelsea on Saturday, who make the trip to Merseyside having lost just one of their last ten league matches.
In the meantime though, there has been much for those Toffees fans lining up at the bar to get their teeth into, not least a recent report from The Sun which suggests that their club are lining up a £20 million move for Crystal Palace defender James Tomkins.
The 28-year-old made the move to Selhurst Park back in the summer of 2016 and went on to appear 24 times in the league last term, some of which came under Allardyce’s guidance in the second half of the campaign as the Eagles avoided relegation to the Championship.
And having spent four years at West Ham under the 63-year-old between 2011 and 2015, Tomkins is clearly doing something right as reports suggest that Allardyce wants to reunite with the centre-back at Everton.
It may take a reported £20 million to bring the Englishman to Goodison Park, but given his success under Allardyce previously, it’s a move which could well take place next month.
Landlord’s verdict: With Phil Jagielka 35 and Leighton Baines and Ashley Williams 33, it’s not going to be long until Everton have to start planning for a future without these three influential defenders.
Sam Allardyce’s introduction of Jonjoe Kenny and Mason Holgate suggest that the process is already underway, and reports suggest that the former England chief looks to step that up another notch in January by making a move for Crystal Palace centre-back James Tomkins.
Allardyce worked with the 28-year-old at West Ham and indeed Palace earlier in his career, and the fact that he reportedly wants him again says a lot about the impression the Englishman made on the 63-year-old, and how highly he rates him to do a job in the backline.
It may cost the Toffees £20 million to lure him to Goodison Park, but given his previous success under Allardyce, it could be money well spent by the Everton hierarchy in a bid to bolster their ranks.
Everton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!