Everton to pitch youngsters into Limassol clash

Sam Allardyce Manager of Everton argues with the fourth offical during the Premier League match between Everton and Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park

Sam Allardyce Manager of Everton argues with the fourth offical during the Premier League match between Everton and Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park

Sam Allardyce will miss Everton's Europa League tie against Apollon Limassol in Cyprus on Thursday due to a "pre-arranged medical appointment".

"I thought the lads really applied themselves and in the first half played some terrific football". You know exactly what he wants from you and as a player that's what you need.

The Liverpool Echo has revealed that the 63-year-old will stay in the UK while the rest of the Toffees' squad fly out to take on Apollon Limassol in the last of their Group E matches.

That Lookman, uh, looked pretty good out there.

Asked for an injury update on that pair amid rumours that Sandro, who has made just three Premier League starts since arriving at Everton from Malaga in July, had picked up a knock, Shakespeare replied: "Both of those players haven't travelled".

Joel Robles starts in goal, with a strange back four of Beni Baningime, Morgan Feeney, Muhamed Besic and Harry Charsley protecting him. After that it is the manager's decision.

Such a view underplays his achievements with Bolton, which demonstrate Allardyce's legendary pragmatism can be adapted into a more free-flowing style with the right players and funding.

With their chances of reaching the next round already gone and the Merseyside deby against Liverpool coming up on Sunday, Lavery is one of eight players in with a chance of making his first-team debut, named in the first team's match-day squad for the first time.

Structurally, questions must be asked about the hierarchy and rumours of tension between Chairman Bill Kenwright and majority-owner Farhad Moshiri are to be expected.

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