As debuts go, Allan’s first game in the Premier League for Everton was something to behold.
The midfielder joined the Toffees from Serie A giants Napoli, and already looks like a superb piece of business from the likes of Marcel Brands and Carlo Ancelotti.
The little Brazilian ran the game from the middle of the park, screening the Everton back-line with ease, and making incisive passes into the likes of James Rodriguez and Richarlison out wide.
As per Sofascore, he made four tackles, two interceptions, and won an impressive eight duels on the ground – it was the perfect example of how to play the anchor man role.
And after seeing his display, Everton fans took to Twitter to rave about the former Napoli man.
All immense, Pickford made some crucial saves, Coleman stepped up big time, James showed just how top class he is, Calvert-Lewis brilliant goal didn’t stop all game. Doucoure all over the pitch, Gomes back to his best as well but probably just edge Allan, absolute monster him
— Dan Williams (@Williams16Dan) September 13, 2020
Allan man of the match.
— Ryan ☯️☮️ (@ryan_ohaganEFC) September 13, 2020
Allan was an absolute beast today.
— Andrew Beddoe (@AndrewBeddoe1) September 13, 2020
Allan was fantastic
— jamie byrom (@jamie_byrom) September 13, 2020
Allan was exceptional
— Contract Dave (@CallumHaydenWh1) September 13, 2020
A couple of Toffees fans admitted that whilst James was impressive, Allan looked immense in the engine room, and that he was “another level”.
Superb player but Allan was another level. He’s the player we’ve needed for 30 years.
— Chris Humble (@chumble9) September 13, 2020
All about Allan and Doucouré for me. Yes James was wonderful to watch but those 2 bossed the midfield. Son and Kane were invisible in the 2nd half.
— Will Escott (@willescott88) September 13, 2020
If his display against Spurs is a taster of what’s to come, then Everton fans have every right to be very excited.
Rodriguez may have been the player Toffees supporters may have been thinking about keeping a close eye on before the game, and whilst the Colombian absolutely impressed, Allan’s industry and composure in the middle set the tone.
Ancelotti would have been left grinning from ear to ear at his new signing’s performance.