Allan is playing a different role for Benitez at Everton
Everton star Allan has revealed that he is being asked to play a different role by Rafael Benitez this season.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the 30-year-old claimed that at Napoli under Carlo Ancelotti, he played as a Mezzala.
However, the Spaniard wants him to be a defensive midfielder, which is different from his role under Ancelotti.
Despite this, he seems to be enjoying it; he said: “At Napoli, we played in a 4-3-3, and I played in the position they describe in Italy as Mezzala, which is to the side of the midfield three.
“What Rafa asks of me is that I’m a more defensive type of player, that I provide cover for the defence, meaning I don’t often get very close to the opposition box.
“It’s different, but I’m always looking to adapt to whatever my manager’s instructions are, and it’s very important to follow those instructions. I just want to do my best for Rafa Benitez and Everton.”
Interesting stuff from Allan.
One thing that seems to have worked this season at Goodison Park is that Abdoulaye Doucoure has been allowed more freedom because of Allan’s new role in the side.
This is reflected in the statistics and the Brazilian averages 2.1 clearances and 1.2 fouls per game.
However, last season, he averaged only one tackle per game and 1.5 fouls per match, so he has clearly become more defensive and perhaps a bit wiser in this campaign [WhoScored].
Now, he seems to be very happy with it and seems to be enjoying life under Benitez, even if he admits that Ancelotti was a big influence on him.
However, the most important thing about Allan’s new role is that it has freed up Doucoure to be a lot more effective, and it seems very clear that Allan will do anything to help the team.
This is a good interview with the former Napoli man, and any Toffees should give it a read.
In other Everton news, Kevin Ratcliffe is worried about the future of one key Goodison Park figure.