Sam Allardyce

Allardyce criticises fringe players who drop their fitness levels

Allardyce interviewEverton boss Sam Allardyce has hinted that several of the players he inherited from the pervious regime have not kept up their fitness and therefore won’t be given any further chances in the first team.

The Blues boss was speaking about fringe players not keeping up their fitness levels, and hinted that some who have had a chance since he came in have not shown their full potential and will not be given further opportunity.

Sandro Ramirez and Davy Klassen have both hardly been used by Allardyce despite coming with decent reputations from their previous clubs.

“I say to players not in the team or squad, ‘If you let yourself go, you do yourself the biggest disservice you possibly could, because when needed you will not be able to perform’,” he said.

“When you cannot perform, you get one chance – if you blow that chance you do not get another, not at this level now.

“You have to keep yourself super fit, super dedicated – because all the players doing the work on a matchday are keeping themselves at the highest level of fitness they can.

“If the lads not in the squad do not keep themselves right up there by doing the extra work they need to take that chance when it comes along, they end up failing and having no other chances – because when they have had the opportunity they failed to show the potential and ability they had before they came here.”

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