I hope your weekend was better than that of Sam Allardyce. His Everton team were humiliated by Arsenal. The young winger he froze out of the squad had a dream debut on loan in a league that Allardyce didn’t think he was ready for. And Big Sam’s preferred striker had another horrid start.
Allardyce is the man of Everton’s present. He’s done a fine job of keeping the team in the Premier League, which is exactly what he was meant to do. But he is not the man of the club’s future. He’s simply not capable of catapulting them to new heights.
Everton is in one competition. They have a number of exciting young talents, and a few new players that Sam would do well to throw into matches and see what their made of. Instead, he’s played it safe. Oumar Niasse is a known commodity. As is loanee Eliaquim Mangala. Who are there still questions about? Ademola Lookman, Davy Klaassen, Cenk Tosun, the health of Ramiro Funes Mori, and literally any left back in the entire organization. These are the lads that need the minutes and the time on the pitch in the Premier League.
Here’s hoping the weekend was a wake up call, although I think we already know that it wasn’t.
In case you missed it
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One of the most clueless tactical displays I’ve ever seen from an Everton manager
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A summary of all the important dates of the upcoming summer.
Monday’s Toffee Bites
Chance Brace Confirms Comeback Win - EvertonFC.com
Everton Ladies marked their return to the Marine Travel Arena in style by defeating Bristol City 3-1 in the fourth round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup.
Williams says Everton are 'angry and disappointed' after Arsenal loss - Sky Sports
Ashley Williams says the Everton squad are in a dejected mood after Saturday's tame display at Arsenal.
Sam Allardyce completely outclassed as Everton embarrassed by Gunners - ESPN
Everton had poor form all around in a humiliating 5-1 loss to Arsenal, but manager Sam Allardyce was the worst part of a terrible performance.
Lookman’s RB Leipzig debut exposes Everton’s short-termism - The Independent
The timing could hardly have been worse for Sam Allardyce. In London, his damningly lopsided Everton team were limping to a 5-1 defeat to Arsene Wenger’s freshly glossed Arsenal. Meanwhile in the German city of Mönchengladbach, Ademola Lookman was celebrating a last-gasp winner on his debut for RB Leipzig.
Everton savaged for horror show at Arsenal - Liverpool Echo
How the national media assessed Blues sorry 5-1 surrender at the Emirates.
Why Rihanna was Arsenal's "lucky charm" in 5-1 Everton thrashing - BBC News
The singer was thanked by midfielder Mesut Ozil after watching the side's win at the Emirates.
Everton fans react to Oumar Niasse display - HITC
Everton lost at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.
What and How to Watch
Premier League: Watford vs Chelsea, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN
La Liga: Las Palmas vs Malaga, 3 p.m. ET, fuboTV
Serie A: Lazio vs Genoa, 2:45 p.m. ET, beIN Sports
UEFA Futsal Euro Quarter Finals: Serbia vs Kazakhstan, 12 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Slovenia vs Russia, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN3
NBA: Trail Blazers at Pistons, 7 p.m. ET, NBA TV
Mavericks at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV