Upon splashing out nearly £50m on Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun in his one and only transfer window as Everton boss, Sam Allardyce was ecstatic to get those two deals over the line.
After the Turkey international Tosun was signed for £27m, the former England manager said: “He is a player who is desperate to come to play in the Premier League so I like that sound of all of what he is saying and what he has done in the past as a footballer, particularly recently as he is Turkey’s No. 1 striker.
“I don’t think you can look at more than what we have done and think that this is, for what is available at the price we are paying, the best in Europe at the moment.”
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£27m? As the best deal available in Europe at the time? Allardyce must’ve been having a laugh; remember that Tosun was signed in the same window that Chelsea secured Olivier Giroud for £18m and Tottenham got Lucas Moura for £23m!
When speaking about the signing of Walcott for £20m, Allardyce said: “He is at a prime age. The prime age of a professional footballer is between 25, 26 and 30, 31. That is when they appear, by all research today, to be at the peak of their careers.
“We have not got too many players in that age bracket in the squad, so he adds one to that. He has a lot of experience and will hopefully provide a lot of excitement for the Everton fans and for us, in terms of getting results, assists and scoring goals.”
It seems as if the former Crystal Palace boss didn’t do his research on Walcott thoroughly enough, as the 30-year-old certainly didn’t arrive at Goodison Park in the peak of his career; he has mustered up just nine goals and five assists in 54 appearances for the Toffees.
Allardyce’s immeasurable confidence in his two signings as Everton boss seems especially foolish now, as the pair could be considered huge flops for the price tag they were signed for as well as the huge wages they have ‘earned’ on Merseyside – Walcott reportedly earns £100,000-a-week, whilst Tosun picks up £60,000-a-week.
A sentiment supported by the Everton supporters’ hatred of him, Allardyce didn’t get much right during his time in the Goodison Park dugout, other than helping the club avoid relegation perhaps.
His two marquee captures have burdened the club more than benefited them, and his assurance that they would be excellent additions has turned out to look silly.