What a difference a week makes? In the last seven days, Everton have hired a new manager, scored six goals, allowed none, earned six points and vaulted themselves up the Premier League table from 17th place to 10th (top half, baby!). This is a big deal and should take a lot of pressure off of the players and coaching staff alike. Yeah, the wins have come against two struggling sides, but those are the matches that need to be turn into three points if you team hopes to stay up and compete.
In case you missed it
RECAP: Everton beat Huddersfield 2-0 in Allardyce’s first game
Big Sam guides Blues to second home win in a week.
Allardyce’s top January transfer targets revealed
Big Sam wants more depth from defence to attack.
Allardyce helps Everton turn a corner against Huddersfield - Tactical Analysis
Big Sam’s first match in charge brought a coherent plan, and three points with it.
Monday’s Toffee Bites
Everton loanees Onyekuru and Dowell provide fresh reminder of talent - Liverpool Echo
Onyekuru got the winner for Anderlecht at Lokeren - while Dowell netted another superb strike for Nottingham Forest.
Koeman turns down Prem return to deal with his 'disappointment' - Sky Sports
Ronald Koeman has revealed he turned down offers to return to the Premier League to deal with his "disappointment" after his sacking by Everton.
Allardyce reveals how he will use psychologist to repair Everton - Liverpool Echo
Blues boss confirms he will bring in a professional to help work on the mental side of the game.
Watford manager Marco Silva hits back at Sam Allardyce - The Telegraph
Marco Silva took time after Watford's combative and controversial draw with Tottenham Hotspur to hit back at Sam Allardyce's recent comments.
Struggling Sigurdsson embodies Everton’s malaise for Big Sam - The Guardian
Everton manager Sam Allardyce admitted he believes marquee signing Gylfi Sigurdsson has struggled to adjust to the pressure of his price tag since joining from Swansea in August.
What and How to Watch
La Liga: Girona vs Deportivo Alaves, 3 p.m. ET, fuboTV
Serie A: Crotone vs Udinese, 1 p.m. ET, beIN Sports
Hellas Verona vs genoa, 3 p.m. ET, beIN Sports
Championship: Birmingham City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers, 2:45 p.m. ET, ESPN3
FA Cup: Slough Town vs Rochdale, 2:45 p.m. ET, fuboTV
NFL: Steelers @ Bengals, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
NBA: Bucks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV