A lot of plaudits so far this season have gone to James Rodriguez and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. but arguably Everton's most important player has been Allan
The summer transfer window was probably one of the most important periods in the recent history of Everton Football Club. Not only did the Toffees show some serious firepower, signing players from Real Madrid and Napoli, but the players they have brought in could help lift them back into Europe.
Most Everton fans know the transformation into top four/title contenders won’t happen overnight. The Toffees are 10/1 with the bookmakers to end the season in one of the four Champions League spaces.
Although a lot of work still needs to be done by Ancelotti, the signing of Allan gives him a player he can build his team around. The tough-tackling midfielder has made an excellent start to his career at Goodison Park.
You only have to look across Merseyside to see how one player in midfielder can be the glue in the whole team. Jordan Henderson has been that player for Liverpool over the last few years. He has BBC Spoty odds at Paddy Power of 8/1 after making the nomination list for the award alongside the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Tyson Fury and Ronnie O’Sullivan. Making that shortlist alone says a lot about his impact on the Premier League champions.
Allan Deserves As Much Credit As Rodriguez and Calvert-Lewin
A lot of plaudits so far this season have gone to James Rodriguez and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The latter, in particular, fully deserves all the praise he is getting as he has turned into a goal machine. Arguably their most important player, though, has been Allan.
Over the next couple of years, Allan can have the same impact at Everton, if the right players are around him. The Brazilian looks to be really enjoying the challenges which English football present and is very much at home here.
Since losing midfielder Idrissa Gueye to PSG, Everton have really missed a player who can play in the holding position in front of the back four. Allan has really helped the likes of Michael Keane and Yerry Mina as he is an additional layer of support for their backline.
Although Allan is often spoken about as being a player who enjoys “getting stuck in”, like Henderson at Liverpool, he also has a lot of technical ability. He is not afraid to take a player on or join the attack as a playmaker.
Relationship with Manager Really Strong
Ancelotti worked with Allan at Napoli and it's easy to see why he was so desperate to land the midfielder. The manager trusts him to carry out his tactics on the pitch and Allan enjoys working with the Italian.
It would not be a surprise if Allan went onto captain the club one day. He is working on improving his English at the moment and once he is fully comfortable with the language, Ancelotti could hand him the armband, especially with Seamus Coleman getting no younger.
With Allan, Rodriguez and Richarlison are thriving at the club, there is the potential for more big-name stars to follow in January or next summer. The sky is the limit for Everton over the next few years as it is now a club which is in very capable hands on and off the pitch.