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Interest in Allan from the Middle East

| 19/09/2022 21comments  |  Jump to last

Allan could yet leave Everton in the next couple of weeks amid speculation that he has admirers in the United Arab Emirates.

The UAE is one of the countries where the window for incoming transfers is still open and, just like James Rodriguez last year and Bernard before him, the Blues' Brazilian midfielder is a possible target for clubs in the Middle East, specifically from the Pro League.

Frank Lampard might have hinted that that was a possibility for Allan who has fallen well down the pecking order at Goodison Park since the arrivals over the summer of Amadou Onana, Idrissa Gueye and James Garner.

Allan, signed by Carlo Ancelotti in the summer of 2020, is out of contract next summer and could be let go on a free transfer before the UEA transfer deadline on 4th October.

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He was left out of yesterday's matchday squad to face West Ham entirely and Lampard was asked whether that was because he is lining up a move away from Merseyside.

“We’ll see, we’ll see, the manager said. He was out of the squad because you have got those decisions sometimes. 

“So we will see over the next week or two.”

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Tony Everan
1 Posted 19/09/2022 at 09:35:50
It looks like his departure has been a possibility for months now. Gana's arrival, along with Onana and Garner, means Allan will play hardly any games if he decides to stay.

A move now would be good for him football-wise and for us P&S wise and frees up some more financial room for a better quality backup or challenger to Calvert-Lewin in January.

Remember, the decision is not just for him – it's what is best for his wife and children too, their friendships, mental health, schooling etc matters. They are human, not commodities.

Lee Courtliff
2 Posted 19/09/2022 at 18:33:05
Good point, Tony. Fans are quick to want rid of a player who isn't performing/playing at all but sometimes don't consider the further consequences a transfer can have on their families.

As for the player, the only time I was impressed with Allan was around Dec '20 when he started to really play. Driving forward and making things happen along with his defensive responsibilities. Typically, he was injured away at Leicester just before Christmas and never really rediscovered his form.

A decent player for us but one that was past his best very quickly after his arrival at Goodison. Good luck to him, though, he always put a shift in and looked genuinely happy whenever we won.

Steve Shave
3 Posted 19/09/2022 at 18:51:51
I like Allan but clearly Frank doesn't fancy him. Agree there has probably been an element of keeping him fresh for a potential sale; if we could get any sort of fee north of £5M, that would be most welcome.

I suspect though he will go on loan until his contract expires. If we could get small fees for him and Rondon, that would cap an excellent window for us.

Paul Kossoff
4 Posted 20/09/2022 at 00:21:28
Tony 1, Did you write that with violin music playing?

Jesus, the mental health of a millionaire pro footballer and his family is well sorted, I would think. Save your thoughts for the ordinary people, not the ones on another planet.

Danny O’Neill
5 Posted 20/09/2022 at 08:32:21
I think Tony's point is valid, Paul. I don't judge people on how much they earn or don't earn. With regards to modern footballers, if I felt that strongly, I would refuse to subscribe to Sky Sports or spend an amount of my earnings following Everton up and down the country (Europe soon!!).

Privileged? Yes, but mostly by virtue of their talent and getting the opportunity for their breakthrough. They also make a lot of sacrifices giving up a lot of things us working mortals take for granted. Like family life.

Supply and demand. We pay their wages.

I like Allan and was a promoter. A very good player and leader on the pitch when we didn't really have one. But I'd agree that we probably got him 2 years too late and missed the best of him. Good luck to him and his family.

Stu Darlington
6 Posted 20/09/2022 at 09:16:54
Well said, Danny. Life is not all about money although I realise it's critical for many people (or lack of it at the moment in this country).

I agree with what you say about Allan. He, like many players, was never the same after he was injured, plus I think Frank is looking for pace in midfield and that he definitely does not have.

Wherever he goes I wish him well.

Rob Halligan
7 Posted 20/09/2022 at 09:20:30
Talking of interest in our players (or ex members of staff), David Unsworth has been appointed the new Oldham manager. A good level for which rhino to start at, the Conference league. Absolutely no pressure should be on him, so hope he can get his managerial career off to a good start.
Bill Gienapp
8 Posted 20/09/2022 at 10:21:25
I'm sure Allan could do a job if called upon, his effort and commitment have never been in question, but he's basically our 7th choice midfielder at this point, and for good reason... he'll be gone one way or another at the end of the season, and is a non-factor in the club's plans moving forward. There's zero reason to play him unless we need him, and right now we don't need him.

Paul, the notion that pro footballers can't have mental health issues because they have a lot of money (or worse, that we shouldn't care if they do, because they have a lot of money) is pretty ignorant.

David Bromwell
9 Posted 20/09/2022 at 11:31:33
Re Rob, No 7.

I too would like to offer my best wishes to David Unsworth, a true Blue in my opinion. Probably stayed too long but he always gave his all and obviously still has ambitions.

Martin Mason
10 Posted 20/09/2022 at 12:21:04
Danny@5 Good comment
Ian Bennett
11 Posted 20/09/2022 at 17:15:58
Allan, Gomes, Pickford, Calvert-Lewin, Townsend, Godfrey, Mina, Holgate weren't on the bench on Saturday.

Appreciate injuries are part of it, but who is going to be sat in the stand come the New Year unable to get on a 9-man subs bench?

Rondon, Keane, Gomes look like they're finished at the club, and I guess the club would prefer to move Allan over Davies. 4 out, 2 younger players coming in?

Alan J Thompson
12 Posted 20/09/2022 at 17:38:24
Ian (#11);

Hasn't Gomes gone out on loan for the season – at the end of which he is out of contract?

Ian Bennett
13 Posted 20/09/2022 at 19:28:21
Yeah, he has gone, but his contract is till June 2024.
James Drake
14 Posted 20/09/2022 at 23:40:28
Andre Gomes is on loan at Lille, so far Andre has played in all 3 Lille fixtures, two as sub and one in the starting 11.

He is not to be confused with Benjamin Andre (#21) or Angel Gomes (#20) who scored against Montpellier (not something we have seen Andre do very often). A midfield of Andre, Gomes, Gomes sounds like a chant that should never happen, lol.

Jim Harrison
15 Posted 21/09/2022 at 05:03:45
I actually think he is a useful player, particularly if used as a sub, coming on to add bite and chase down.

But… he signed for a significant fee. Best to move him on whilst there is still a potential of getting money for him.

Shame, a real example of the issues the club has faced with short-term transfer policies.

Sam Hoare
16 Posted 21/09/2022 at 07:22:26
I think Allan has been pretty decent at times and was one of the most important players under Ancelotti whose 10th place finish looks quite reasonable in retrospect.

Nonetheless, he is another player bought for over £20M who will probably leave for nothing. Hopefully the club has learned its lesson in this regard and we've seen the end of splashing big sums on players in their late 20s.

Tony Abrahams
17 Posted 21/09/2022 at 08:15:04
Allan is another player who probably would have done a lot better if we had a bigger squad, and he wouldn't have had to play nearly every week. Maybe.

I thought he was better at Goodison, rather than away from home, and I also thought he struggled to play two games a week. He also probably has regrets that he came to play in this very physically demanding league, just a little bit too late in his career…

Will Mabon
18 Posted 21/09/2022 at 16:49:47
I agree, Tony. I really like him, his quality stands out but the physique is starting to compromise it. Might not be feasible to keep him for several reasons (money being major) but I'd rather have him here than not.
Robert Leigh
19 Posted 22/09/2022 at 14:13:21
Ian #11

You're spot on. We've a fairly strong squad now - though perhaps still light on goals. I imagine the First XI and most balanced bench is (when all fit, which is rare!):

Patterson - Coady - Tarkowski - Mykolenko
Onana - Gana - Iwobi
Gray - DCL - Gordon

Begovic, Coleman, Godfrey, Vinagre, Garner, Doucoure, McNeil, Townsend, Maupay.

Then reserves still:
Lonergan, Jakupovic, Holgate, Keane, Mina, Welch, Allan, Davies, Price, Rondon, Mills.

Robert Tressell
20 Posted 22/09/2022 at 14:58:18
I expect he could look pretty good alongside Onana and Iwobi as a central trio - but we have Gueye now to do a similar job. And Garner, Doucoure and Davies as back-up.

So probably makes sense to get his wages off the books – and he'll be leaving sooner or later anyway.

Like Sam says, it is an astonishing record we have now of buying players for over £20m and then seeing them leave for free within just 2 or 3 years.

Vijay Nair
21 Posted 24/09/2022 at 07:53:11
Looks like this one might be a done deal. Best of luck to him. The last of our Brazilian trio.

Allan agrees to sign for Al-Wahda

Rondon and Mina the next ones out the door hopefully.

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