For all the criticism Everton fans have directed towards Sam Allardyce in recent weeks, it’s often overlooked how far away this Toffees squad is from being a typical Allardyce team. For starters, it lacks a powerful focal point who can hold up the ball, and only since January has Big Sam been luxury to two wingers who perfectly suit his counter-attacking mindset.
But it was Allardyce who addressed that in the last transfer window with a swoop for then-Arsenal’s Theo Walcott and the 47-cap England international’s impact at Goodison Park has been notable, notching up two goals and two assists in the Premier League thus far – including a setup for Cenk Tosun’s winner against Stoke City on Saturday.
It was another impressive performance from the speedy wide-man, who not only made key contributions going forward with two shots, four dribbles and four created chances to his name but chipped in defensively too, winning the ball back five times.
And that creates a slightly different perspective to view Everton’s underwhelming form under Allardyce from. Allardyce has undoubtedly been one of the Premier League’s shrewdest operators in the transfer market since he first won promotion with Bolton, because he has such a formidable knack for picking the right players for his way of playing, and Walcott’s form is only further testament to that.
Accordingly, the Toffees could appear a completely different proposition once Allardyce is allowed a full summer to bring in his own signings and a few more smart acquisitions of Walcott’s calibre, forging them into a true Allardyce side.
The prevailing question though, is whether the fans will stomach him at Goodison Park long enough to receive that luxury ahead of 2018/19. So, Everton fans, would you sack Allardyce this summer? Let us know by voting below…