Everton supporters have been significantly more upbeat in the Transfer Tavern in the last few weeks since the appointment of Sam Allardyce as manager, what with the Toffees unbeaten in seven games under the 63-year-old.
The former England boss replaced the sacked Ronald Koeman back at the end of November with the club languishing in the Premier League’s bottom three, but Allardyce has certainly made an immediate impact by helping the team to four wins and three draws in his seven matches in charge, in which time they have also kept five clean sheets. And that fine run continued on Boxing Day with a 0-0 draw away at Alan Pardew’s West Brom, a result which kept them ninth in the Premier League table.
Consequently, there have been many buoyant Evertonians in the Tavern in recent times, and there may be some more good news on the way if recent comments from manager Allardyce in his pre-Bournemouth press conference (via Ben Dinnery on Twitter) are anything to go by, as forward Wayne Rooney could return against the Cherries on Saturday.
The 32-year-old is the club’s top-scorer this term with 11 goals in all competitions, yet he has missed their last two Premier League games due to illness, in which time Allardyce’s men have failed to net.
Yet the ex-Crystal Palace and West Ham chief has confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Rooney could return against Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth on Saturday, in news which is sure to delight our resident Everton fans as their side look to continue their great start to life under Allardyce on the South Coast this weekend.
Landlord’s verdict: Wayne Rooney’s absence from Everton’s last two games has been somewhat evidenced in their inability to score goals, with Sam Allardyce’s men drawing each of those games 0-0 against Premier League champions Chelsea and then West Brom.
However, there may potentially be some good news for Toffees fans as the 63-year-old has confirmed in his pre-match press conference that the forward could return against Bournemouth on Saturday, as the Merseysiders seek to extend their unbeaten run under Allardyce to eight games.
And with Rooney in the team, Everton would already carry a greater goal threat, and as such may be able to turn those 0-0 draws into victories in the coming weeks.
Everton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!
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