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Tuesday’s Toffee Bites: Is the “Big Sam magic” gone?

In today’s links: The Blues lose to Man U, Bramley Moore to be expensive, and Lennon is thankful

Everton v Manchester United - Premier League - Goodison Park Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images

All of the sudden, things aren’t so happy in paradise. The Blues have lost two Premier League matches in a row, the first two L’s during Big Sam Allardyce’s reign at Everton. The latest loss came against a depleted Manchester United side, and yet the Toffees could barely even threaten David De Gea in goal. It was a disappointing performance to be sure, but January is here, and it sounds like Ross Barkley and Leighton Baines could possibly be back later this month. Fingers crossed that this is simply a rough patch and nothing more.

In case you missed it

Man of the Match and Player Grades Poll for Everton vs Manchester United
Grade the Everton players and manager on their performance today.

Manchester United 2-0 Everton: Ineffective
Blues try hard but still lack the quality needed.

Besiktas increase asking price for Cenk Tosun, transfer to Everton at risk again
Proposed transfer hits yet another snag.

Tuesday’s Toffee Bites

Manchester United's Phil Jones says he owes a lot to Allardyce - Sky Sports
Phil Jones says he will be forever grateful to his former manager Sam Allardyce, as Manchester United prepare to face his Everton side on New Year's Day, live on Sky Sports.

Bramley Moore Dock to cost more than initially expected - Sky Sports
Costs for Everton's proposed new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock have "escalated significantly", with their move from Goodison Park now planned for 2022-23.

Everton FC's Aaron Lennon thankful for support after tough year - Daily Post
The midfielder was detained by police after concerns about his mental health.

Allardyce's Verdict - EvertonFC.com
The boss speaks!

'This team needs to be rebuilt...rather it wasn’t Allardyce to do it' - Liverpool Echo
Blues supporters unhappy with lacklustre display against Manchester United.

What and How to Watch

Premier League: Southampton vs Crystal Palace, 2:45 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold
Swansea City vs Tottenham Hotspur, 2:45 p.m. ET, NBCSN
West Ham United vs West Bromwich Albion, 2:45 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold
Manchester City vs Watford, 3 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold
Coppa Italia: Napoli vs Atalanta, 2:45 p.m. ET, GOLTV
Championship: Fulham vs Ipswich Town, 2:45 p.m. ET
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Brentford, 2:45 p.m. ET, iFollow
Reading vs Birmingham City, 3 p.m. ET, iFollow
NHL: Penguins at Flyers, 7 p.m. ET, NBCSN
Kings at Oilers, 9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN
NBA: Trail Blazers, 7 p.m. ET, NBA TV
Grizzlies at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV

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