Sunday, 21 January, 2018

Thibaut Courtois: 'Chelsea needed a big guy up front at Everton'

Dennis Wise: This transfer gaffe has ruled Chelsea out of title contention Thibaut Courtois: 'Chelsea needed a big guy up front at Everton'
Hilda Schwartz | 24 December, 2017, 01:21

Alvaro Morata might owe his manager a goal for Christmas after his needless suspension robbed Chelsea's attack of its clinical edge in a 0-0 draw with Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Without their in-form forward Wayne Rooney, the team were able to soak up the pressure by the Londoners, in a top-of-the-bill match watched by close to 40,000 people.

"Maybe Jordan Pickford was the best player for them".

Allardyce's involvement is likely to be key to any deal; the Everton boss bought Kone to the Stadium of Light during his tenure there back in January 2016 and the centre-back played a key role in keeping his side in the Premier League that term.

Democratic Republic of Congo winger Yannick Bolasie was named on Everton's bench for the first time since sustaining a cruciate knee ligament injury in December 2016.

And Williams had a lucky escape when he headed Victor Moses' right-wing cross against his own bar.

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The result today saw Everton maintaining their 9th position in the League, with Chelsea, also staying third 3rd, 13 points behind runaway leaders Man City, who will play later today.

Sam Allardyce's defensive plan worked, with Eden Hazard and co unable to break the Toffees down.

"We scrapped it out, we dug it out and battled it out, there's no doubt about that", said Allardyce.

"It keeps the undefeated run going, and you have to respect a point against the big boys".

Pickford who frustrated Chelsea efforts remarked: "I thought we grafted like hell and dug in until the end".

Considering Liverpool drew 3-3 with Arsenal on Friday night, Chelsea had the ideal chance to extend their lead over the fourth-placed Reds while at the same time managing to trim the gap between themselves and the Manchester clubs (City and United) but failed to do so with a stuttering performance against opponents that didn't show much attacking verve.

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