The intensity issue is the key.
Being thrown on for cameo sub appearances, with an “express yourself remit” etc isn’t the same pressure as having responsibility for starting games where mistakes even early on in a game may cost you.
He’s been starting more games recently so that’s good.
And I’ve no problem with players looking out for themselves but lots of people do. He’s just got an easy ride because most people don’t like Allardyce otherwise I think he would have been panned for going against club wishes.
Yes, this is all true.
However, you would imagine that one of the reasons he forced a move for himself was because he didn’t want to ‘work’ with Allardyce rather than any contempt he has for Everton.