Allan Adds Bite, Bark and More Bark
Signed from Ancelotti’s former side Napoli for a fee in the region of £22m, Allan’s role in Everton’s upturn in form can’t be understated.
He is a destroyer in midfield, if there ever was more apt example.
A ball-winner, his frame makes him quick to challenges, utilising a measured tackling style that combines fluidly with brute force. Such traits are a rarity in Brazilian footballers, although the heightened technical ability the 29-year-old possesses is more in keeping with the South American style.
Usually for players of his ilk, the task is completed once attacks break down or possession is overturned. Allan’s almost playmaker-esque role in building attacks is a credit to his versatility, having even featured as a No. 10 during his time spent in Serie A.
However, it’s his organisational touch which stands out. Marshaling the back four (or three) including those in front of him, one of the few benefits of having no supporters in stadiums is that viewers can now hear the constant communication that takes place on the pitch.
Allan never stops barking orders to his teammates, be it from set-piece situations or instructing his forward players where to run into. A midfield general, him not being involved on Saturday is a undoubted bonus.