Sam Allardyce tells Everton fringe players to prove they deserve a place
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 30/01/18 11:06am
Everton manager Sam Allardyce has told his fringe players he does not want to see them feeling sorry for themselves if Deadline Day moves do not happen.
Allardyce is desperate to trim down a bloated squad of about 35 players to something more manageable but with no satisfactory offers so far there is a realistic prospect many will remain after the window closes.
The likes of Sandro Ramirez, Davy Klaassen and Muhamed Besic have not featured since December and appear to have little future under Allardyce, but if they cannot - at the very least - be loaned out, the manager expects to see them working just as hard come February 1.
"We'll have to deal with it if that's the case," said Allardyce when asked what happens if he cannot offload players.
"The challenge for the players is hardest of all. Sitting, moping and feeling sorry for yourselves is not the answer.
"I think the answer is for them to be determined, dedicated and prove to us as managers and coaches they deserve a place in the squad or the team. That is their responsibility.
"Do they really put it in during training when you tell them the extra training they do is not a punishment but it is to keep them physically and mentally capable of taking a chance when it comes their way?
"We have a lot of players to manage on a daily basis and then when training finishes the extras are laid out for the players.
"Go have a look at your own game, look at what you have done. It is not our responsibility as much as theirs to see the analysts who every day are logging their performances.
"They can improve themselves by analysing their own performance without the coach or manager being there.
"There is nothing wrong with looking at your own performance and saying 'What can I do better?'
"You don't have to always be guided by us [coaching staff], you are there as a human being to think for yourself."
Allardyce's immediate concern, with closure of the window coming just over an hour after the final whistle of Wednesday's home game against Leicester, is to turn around a run which has seen the side fail to win in seven matches.
The immediate impact of the new manager's arrival in November has worn off and just two clean sheets during their current downturn tells its own story.
"We are in a difficult position results-wise and we have to turn that around as quickly as we can," he added.
"We still have that balance of expanding on our attacking football to be creating chances and scoring, but never forgetting we have to get our clean sheet record back on track.
"The focus for me is to get that back on track first, then look to create and get goals after that."
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