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Toffees Mailbag: Allardyce’s future, Walcott signing & Everton’s must-win XI

Answering all of your relevant, and irreverent, Everton questions.

Let’s be honest.

We all needed this break.

I know, we all love watching Premier League football/soccer, and my hope is that one day soon Everton will begin playing at that level again.

In the meantime, Toffees have had to put up with nothing short of a calamitous season that is somehow barreling towards another numbing 7th (or 8th) place finish.

The worst part is that SHOULD the squad get some momentum during the stretch run it may just fog the memories of JUST HOW BAD it has really been all season, to include the last few weeks.

The biggest concern would obviously be that Big Sam stays on after the end of season.

(He won’t..................right??)

While Sam Allardyce did bring some level of respectability to the club (and the honeymoon period removed lingering relegation talk), I think fans are starting to wonder if his overall impact won’t be completely negative when all is said and done.

The fans of more than one club did warn us that he left the place a shambles when he was eventually let go.

Between freezing out or shipping off players like Ademola Lookman, Davy Klaassen, Nikola Vlasic, and Cenk Tosun, Big Sam seems to be preventing the squad from growing and players from improving.

With two weeks between matches, let’s take a brief respite from the sadness and anger around the Toffees and try to crack a smile or two.

Well thank you!

With that in mind....

To your questions!


Did ANYONE think that Theo Walcott would be this much of a success for the Toffees? Especially this quickly??

While I had confidence the diminutive goal-scorer would find his form at Goodison, I certainly didn’t anticipate his ability to impact the entire team with his work rate and creative prowess.

His inclusion in the side has been EXACTLY what the Toffees have needed: pace and class.

For all that has gone wrong this season, there is no denying that the signings of Jordan Pickford and Walcott have been nothing short of rousing successes.

For a campaign I may pay to have wiped from my memory a la Black Mirror..........


I really love this question.

Before I roll out my lineup, let me say that there MAY be slight variations on team selection depending upon the opponent, but I am operating under three assumptions:

  1. the opponent is of equal caliber
  2. Form matters (Tosun > Niasse but Cenk doesn’t play so..)
  3. No one is injured

With that in mind.......

Notes:

  • Jags was a tough call but I just trust him to get the job done.
  • I don’t like Gylfi wide, but Rooney is more productive in the middle than Bolasie is out wide.
  • Speaking of trust, Morgan Schneiderlin doesn’t have mine anymore. Everton need a #6, but I don’t know if MS can get it done right now.
  • The idea of having Big Sam in charge of a match we HAVE to win?


No.....seriously....




Should we be excited? Or should we warn her?


2nd half adjustments and motivation? COACHING!!

Poor team selection and 1st half struggles?? Also.......coaching.



TOFFEE TUNES

Black Panther Soundtrack

Kendrick Lamar (w/ Various Artists)

  1. I can’t WAIT to see this movie.
  2. The soundtrack is amazing.
  3. Listen to every track. It’s beautiful.

Favorite Track: Big Shot