Allardyce not confident Rooney and Sigurdsson can play together

Everton manager Sam Allardyce doesn’t believe Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson can play in the same team due to a lack of pace.

The comments again seem to lay the blame on players again as Allardyce looks to overcome an alarming slump in form as his Everton team once again fail to win a game.

“Last week I said we have not got a lot of legs in the team and we need to be quicker,” Allardyce said. “We’ve increased that with Theo and Yannick [Bolasie] when he gets back to full fitness but in midfield you have to be able to cover the ground.

“I think Rooney and Gylfi playing together are very shrewd, very clever and talented players but in actual terms of covering the ground it is difficult — it’s not their strength.

“So I have to make a big decision on who plays this one and who plays for next one. For me, Gylfi has been trudging away outside on the left side, so play him in the position he wants to play and see what he can do.

“As a team we are light in legs, in pace. And that is something I have to cope with until the end of this season and we look at the whole squad and say: ‘What do we do to make it better?’”

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