Sam Allardyce has admitted the club can’t find a suitable left back.

Leighton Baines remains sidelined, as he has done since November leaving Cuco Martina ploughing on down the left in an unfamiliar left-back role.

Allardyce:  “We have looked at many left-backs and obviously we can’t find the right left-back that we’re looking for.

“There’s obviously a great shortage of quality players throughout the world who can play in the Premier League, I don’t have any doubts about that – so to try and find one in this window means that you would be taking a gamble.

“The ones who are available, and there aren’t that many, are mostly what other teams don’t want.

“So you have to pay a lot of money for a player somebody doesn’t want to sell – and that is a great difficulty in this window, to look for a left-sided player, a left-footed full-back, which is obviously one of the positions we are light in.

“Our balance is not very good because we don’t have anybody like that apart from Bainesy.

“But at the end of the day, when we are conceding goals like we are, you want a good steady full-back in that position.

“After all, whoever who is going to play there on Wednesday needs to handle Mahrez!

“Because of the way we are told we have to play our football today, everyone seems to think full-backs need to be more attacking-minded now rather than defensive minded.

“But if they’re a top player they need to be very good at both.”

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EFC78 You won't get many balanced replies in this thread as it contains an opinion on one of the team scapegoats, and some of our fans like to write a player/manager/coach off before they've had a chance to represent the club in whatever role. After seeing him for half a season now, if he had been brought in as a squad player that was used when necessary then he would have received far less stick than he has. Unfortunately, Koeman brought him in with the intention of having him as our first choice right back and also as a backup… Read more »

What about Allardyce AS left back?
Clutching at straws a bit I know, but could he be any worse? Maybe put Cuco as manager instead?

His fat head would be a great defensive blocker.


Tierney would cost about £20-30M The same price as Klassen.


Sure-but did we even try, that's the point I'm making.

What difference would it make if we did or didn't?


Yeh everyone wants to move from Roma to Everton.

Sure-but did we even try, that's the point I'm making.