“If the players can’t play under Ancelotti, who can they play under?” Claims Everton legend

Thursday, February 6th, 2020 5:47pm

By Josh O’Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

Former Everton forward George Telfer has praised the influence Carlo Ancelotti has had since arriving in the blue half of Merseyside.

Ancelotti has lost just once in the league since taking over for his first game in Boxing Day, with that defeat coming at the home of the reigning champions Manchester City. His record since taking over is certainly nothing to be scoffed at.

Everton take on Crystal Palace in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off at Goodison, with the Toffee’s aiming to build on their revolution under the Italian which see’s them sitting in ninth.

Last time out, the Toffees staged an epic comeback against Watford at Vicarage Road, overturning a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 via a last gasp Theo Walcott winner.

The win saw them leapfrog Walcott’s former side Arsenal who sit below them in 10th.

Ex-Toffees striker George Telfer spoke to the Crystal Palace Fan Show on Love Sport Radio to discuss all things from Ancelotti’s impact, to a look ahead to the game this weekend.


“Duncan was the right choice to bring in at the time, he has the passion to motivate the players. He loves Everton. But bringing Ancelotti in, if the players can’t play under him, who can they play under?”

He discussed Everton’s faint chances of a top five finish, something which in itself seems remarkable after their start to the season.

“I think it’s going to be really difficult, Ancelotti has been a hell of a boost for the club and it needed somebody like him to come in and sort things out. We have been woeful at times. Absolutely woeful. Looking at some of the results recently, he (Ancelotti) seems to be our key at the moment.”

He did however, berate Everton’s transfer policy in years gone by, and expressed his sympathy for fellow Evertonians;

“I think Everton supporters have been patient for far too long to be honest, I’m not just saying that as an Evertonian, we’ve had so many expectations over the years, spent millions and millions on players and nothing has happened.

“You look at Liverpool, who’s transfer budget is nowhere near what ours has been and they are running away with the league.”

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