This morning, Sam Allardyce held his pre-Liverpool press conference. This is a breakdown of the conference.
Firstly, with Cenk Tosun, Allardyce confirmed a fee had been agreed and now it’s just personal terms that need to be agreed. He may be registered for the derby in time, but a medical etc. is needed first therefore it could be unlikely. It will depend on fitness also, and may not want to risk injury. The medical staff will determine if he plays. Sam hopes that he shows his pedigree and experience and shows that he is value for money.
It’s likely that the Blues will not be signing another striker this window because Sam said that it was very difficult to find one. They have focused on Cenk Tosun for a long time.
Sam says that Tosun will fill a big void in the squad because of his track record, ability and age. It was a big area of concern to him.
Sam said that he hopes more business will be done by the end of January, but did not confirm any names.
Yannick Bolasie shouldn’t even be playing according to Sam, but the need for pace in the side is so crucial that he’s had no option.
Sam confirmed that he had heard no offers for Kevin Mirallas, but it sounded like it was very possible a move could happen. Sam then went on to talk about the January transfer window and how incoming signings are always under pressure when they come in and they may not hit the ground running straight away. He mentioned the pressure on Tosun and he hoped he could deal with it.
There has been no bids for Sandro receieved, Sam confirmed.
Sam expects a big club to place a bid for Ross Barkley this window, and added it’s unlikely he will play this month – meaning we may have seen the last of him in an Everton shirt. Sam said the club are resigned to losing Ross which confirms the eventuality of him not signing a new contract.
Michael Keane is a big doubt for the derby game, as he had to have 5 stitches in his foot after the United game, it would be too risky to play him.
Sam suggested a may field a rotated team for the match and reminds everyone that he thinks the Premier League is first priority.
Finally, Sam said that he had heard nothing regarding Idrissa Gueye‘scontract deal – and said “it’s none of my business anyway”.
Let me know your thoughts after this press conference Blues, and are you confident in securing a win at Anfield tomorrow? Let us know!
Come on you Blues!