4 tackles, 47 touches: Everton 30-year-old impressed despite defeat against Chelsea

Brian Heffernan March 9, 2021
4 tackles, 47 touches: Everton 30-year-old impressed despite defeat against Chelsea
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Central midfielder Allan had a good match despite Everton losing 2-0 at Chelsea last night.

Everton didn’t enjoy the first half they would have hoped for, with Mason Holgate getting a yellow card and Ben Godfrey putting the ball past his own keeper.

The second half didn’t get much better, with Jorginho putting a penalty away 20 minutes after the restart.

Chelsea were deserved winners with the Blues having 65.5% possession and 12 more shots in total.

However, one performance Carlo Ancelotti will be happy with is the one by Allan.

The Brazilian midfielder finished the match with a Whoscored rating of 6.4 out of 10. That doesn’t look amazing on paper but digging deeper unearths some impressive stats.

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Allan – a tackling machine

The 30-year-old made an impressive number of tackles last night, the joint-most in the match.

The Brazilian made four, which was only matched by Chelsea’s man of the moment Mason Mount.

Allan was deeply involved in the game, having 47 touches of the ball and making 30 accurate passes.

Despite playing as a defensive-midfielder, the Brazilian is always disciplined. He has been shown only four yellow cards this season and escaped the referee’s wrath on what must have been a frustrating night.

Everton have a good chance to bounce back from their defeat when they host 15th place Burnley on Saturday (5.30pm).

The last time the two sides met it ended in a 1-1 draw, with goals from Robbie Brady and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

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Brian Heffernan is head of recruitment at Horsham FC. He has also scouted for League Two and Danish clubs and worked freelance in the Russian Premier League. Brian’s work includes trialling and signing players and creating detailed opposition dossiers for first-team managers. He’s also a sports journalist specialising in football.