Everton supporters have been significantly more upbeat in the Transfer Tavern in recent weeks following the appointment of Sam Allardyce as manager, who continued his unbeaten start to life in the hotseat with a 0-0 draw at West Brom on Boxing Day.
The former England boss replaced the sacked Ronald Koeman at the end of November and has since gone about moving the Toffees away from the Premier League’s bottom three with a fine unbeaten run. And the 63-year-old extended that streak to seven games by drawing 0-0 at struggling West Brom on Boxing Day, following on from their stalemate with champions Chelsea a few days earlier to clinch a fifth clean sheet under the ex-Crystal Palace and West Ham chief, and indeed consolidate their place in the top half of the Premier League.
Consequently, there have been many happy Evertonians in the Tavern in recent times, although they are unlikely to be overly thrilled by a recent report from The Liverpool Echo, which details comments from Allardyce regarding their possible pursuit for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud in January.
The 31-year-old was reportedly set to make the move to Goodison Park in the summer only for no deal to materialise in the last knockings of the window, which left and continues to leave the Toffees hugely short in the striking department.
And with the winter window just around the corner, reports have again linked the France international with a move to Merseyside, yet manager Allardyce has quashed hopes of reigniting what would be a potentially key deal for the striker in January.
He said: ‘I wouldn’t have thought so as he refused to come last time.
‘As far as I know he doesn’t want to move north of Watford, well his wife doesn’t want to anyway. It’s very important to the wives, believe you me. Normally they are the bosses.’
And these comments are unlikely to thrill our resident Everton fans, several of whom are well aware that forward reinforcements are needed in the New Year if their side are to challenge for the European places come the end of the season.
Landlord’s verdict: While their tally of 24 goals from their opening 20 games isn’t the worst in the Premier League, it’s certainly not enough for an Everton side that went into the season dreaming of challenging the top six clubs.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud looked set to make the move to Goodison Park in the summer, only for a deal to break down late on in the window, yet Toffees manager Sam Allardyce doesn’t appear overly confident that a move could be resurrected in the New Year.
The 31-year-old will surely be on the lookout for a move given his lack of playing time at the Emirates Stadium this term, especially with a World Cup to come in the summer, but it appears increasingly unlikely that it’ll be to Everton.
Everton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!