Sam Allardyce

Allardyce wants honesty from players over futures

Allardyce interviewEverton manager Sam Allardyce says that he wants his players to be honest when he speaks to them about their future at the club, and says he wants to know who he needs to add in January.

The former West Ham and England boss admitted that a striker would be a priority, but he also said that if he couldn’t sign a proven goalscorer then he would need to get Sandro to contribute more to the team.

“If every player is honest enough when I finally get through the one-on-ones, they will tell me if they want to stay or they don’t,” said the Everton manager.

“If you are going to be honest with the manager, or if they want to leave it a bit longer and see how it goes to January, then I’ll deal with it.

“I don’t want anyone here who doesn’t want to be here.

“By the same token there’s always a price to pay and the club accepts we are not going to be mugs and let people leave under value in today’s market.

“People might want to move because it hasn’t quite worked or they have not settled as well as they thought. Up until then all these guys have a chance.

“At the moment we would look to add a goalscorer. Dominic [Calvert-Lewin] has done well, [Oumar] Niasse has scored a few.

“It is the hardest thing to recruit players who score goals and hopefully there is somebody that can be brought in.

“If not, we will have to try to get Sandro to contribute a bit more. When everybody is fit, we have a 31-man squad.

“At this early stage adding more players to that would mean thinking ‘Who is going to come in for one of our players and am I prepared to sell them or rotate the squad a little bit?’

“I don’t want to be in a desperate position in January. I want the players to show me that I don’t desperately need to sign anyone and that we are going to be OK for this season.

“Then it would be a key element of next pre-season. The hardest time of the year to recruit the players, and the most expensive time, is January.”

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