You guys, I need help. I think...I think I’m starting to actually...like...Sam Allardyce. I’m sorry.
His tactics against Liverpool weren’t too fun, but draw 1-1 is a lot more fun than losing by any amount. Is Big Sam boring, or is he realistic? Whether the “Allardyce Effect” is real or not is up for debate. But Everton have been much better since he was appointed.
Will Allardyce be the guy that leads the Blues back to European prominence? It’s too early to say. But he has brought stability to the club and is setting the squad up well for a productive January. That is no little feat compared to where we were a month ago.
In case you missed it
Everton Loans Recap: Nigerian youngster Onyekuru scores again in loss
A quick look at how Everton’s loanees did over the weekend.
Allardyce’s predictable tactics get Everton a Merseyside Derby draw
Big Sam has done it again.
Everton winger Yannick Bolasie returns from injury in Under-23s game
Yannick Bolasie has been out for a long, long time.
Tuesday’s Toffee Bites
Chelsea prepare another bid for Everton ace Ross Barkley - Daily Mail Online
Chelsea are preparing another bid to entice Ross Barkley to Stamford Bridge. Barkley snubbed the Premier League champions on deadline day in August.
Allardyce has a cutting response to Jamie Carragher's 'deep' jibe - Mirror Online
Big Sam had some choice words for the former Liverpool defender after he had a dig at Everton's performance.
'Absolutely it was a penalty' say pundits - Daily Post
Ex-players hit out at Lovren for challenge in derby draw.
JOE.co.uk compare Everton football club to a racist comedian - Liverpool Echo
The article "If every Premier League club was a stand-up comedian, who would they be?" has not gone down well in some quarters.
What and How to Watch
Premier League: Burnley vs Stoke City, 2:45 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold
Huddersfield Town vs Chelsea, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN
Crystal Palace vs Watford, 3 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold
Serie A: Genoa vs Atalanta, 1 p.m. ET, fuboTV
Bundesliga: Wolfsburg vs Red Bull Leipzig, 12:30 p.m. ET, FS2
Freiburg vs Borussia Monchengladbach, 2:30 p.m. ET, fuboTV
Hamburger SV vs Eintracht Frankfurt, 2:30 p.m. ET, FS2
Mainz 05 vs Borussia Dortmund, 2:30 p.m. ET, FS1
NBA: Lakers at Knicks, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
76ers at Timberwolves, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
NHL: Lightning at Blues, 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN