Dean Windass, while speaking exclusively with Football FanCast, has claimed Everton have suffered a “huge blow” after midfielder Allan was ruled out of Saturday’s clash with Arsenal through a hamstring injury.
The Brazilian was forced off just before half-time during the Toffees’ 2-0 win over Leicester City on Wednesday night, and joins James Rodriguez, Lucas Digne, Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin in the physio’s room.
Carlo Ancelotti does not expect Allan to require surgery, but Windass believes the Italian will now have to hit the transfer market looking to add depth in the engine room after losing a key part of his Toffees side.
Allan, who had started all 12 of his Premier League appearances since joining Everton from SSC Napoli in a £21million deal this summer, was replaced by Andre Gomes at the King Power Stadium while Tom Davies was kept on the bench.
Former Hull City striker Windass does not see either of the pair serving as Ancelotti’s long-term solution, though.
“Yeah, it’s a huge blow. I think that’s certainly where in the transfer market he [Ancelotti] will strengthen now with Allan pulling his hamstring, and he’ll be out for 5-6 weeks now,” Windass told Football FanCast.
Allan had been a near ever-present for Everton in the Premier League following his summer arrival, with the 29-year-old only sitting out October’s 4-2 win over Brighton and Hove Albion after sustaining a groin injury at home to West Ham United in the Carabao Cup.
Ancelotti has tasked Allan with serving as the deepest of his midfield line whenever the 10-cap international has been fit, and saw the former Napoli enforcer thrive in the Premier League.
No Everton player has won a higher number of ground duels in the top-flight thus far this term than Allan, who ranks level first with Richarlison on 79, per SofaScore, while recording a team-high 41 successful tackles.
Allan further ranks highly for total passes (538), interceptions (13), blocked shots (6), accurate long balls (29) and successful dribbles (20), and will be sorely missed when Everton host Mikel Arteta’s struggling Arsenal on Saturday.