Allan and Everton truth emerges as Manchester City are not alone in making mistakes

Everton wore black and red at the Etihad on Sunday.

It could just as well have been black and blue – given the shatterings that had been awarded to the rumor among them in the Everton jersey.

And no one’s reputation suffered more from a scandal than the Brazilian Allan.

The midfielder endured a terrible afternoon. He lost a 50-50 build-up to Manchester City’s overturned penalty kick, effectively assisted Rodri to his goal with a scraped clearance, was on the receiving end of a rocket from his skipper to kick the ball out of play because Bernardo had claimed an injury – and kicked the ball against his own shins to cash a corner.

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The comic corner routine even led to former Fulham striker Leroy Rosenior acknowledging in Sky TV’s Premier League Analytics show: “Is he really a Brazilian? I’ll have to look at his passport. Never seen a Brazilian do that.”

Which was a little free.

Especially from a striker who played for England at U16 and U21 level but decided to switch allegiance to Sierra Leone because his chances of international football would be improved. He won an international.

Granted, Allan had a terrible afternoon. But what sets the best apart from the rest is their willingness to keep coming back for more.



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Investigations by bettingodds.com concluded this week that the most frequent “mistake” for Everton in the Premier League this season was the Brazilian midfielder.

The company stated that Allan, on average, makes one mistake every seven minutes and 54 seconds and had also recorded the most errors on the team this season with 122 errors.

So what constitutes a mistake? For the purpose of this research – and for a midfielder – it was off-goal shots, great chances missed, failed tackles, lost duels, lost air duels, errors that led to goals, yellow cards, red cards, errors, own goals, loss of possession or admission of a sentence.

So a pretty broad spectrum.

Especially when you consider that Everton’s second most likely player was Abdoulaye Doucoure (77 errors or one error every 9.35 minutes) and third was Andros Townsend (88 and 11.03 minutes) – both undeniably two of Everton’s outstanding players this season.



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It’s the same elsewhere. Look at the list below. Conor Gallagher? Definitely Crystal Palace’s season player so far. Konstantinos Tsimikas? A treasure of Kop. Phil Foden and Bruno Fernandes? Really? Declan Rice? For heaven’s sake!

If the research makes sense, it seems that making mistakes – and having the character strength to go back and try again is a quality that the very best players possess.

Allan had an afternoon to forget. But I guess we will remember more of his positive contributions at the end of the campaign.

Players with the fewest minutes per. error (per club)

Arsenal

Thomas Partey – 78 errors (8.05 minutes per error)

Martin Odegaard – 58 errors (9.81 minutes per error)

Takehiro Tomiyasu –78 errors (10.03 minutes per error)

Aston Villa

Jacob Ramsey – 83 errors (7.23 minutes per error)

Emiliano Buendia – 85 errors (7.29 minutes per error)

Douglas Luiz – 81 errors (8.44 minutes per error)

Brentford

Bryan Mbeumo – 151 errors (6.11 minutes per error)

Frank Onyeka – 92 errors (6.17 minutes per error)

Christian Norgaard – 144 errors (7.42 minutes per error)

Brighton

Tariq Lamptey – 32 errors (5.09 minutes per error)

Joel Veltman – 77 errors (9.53 minutes per error)

Adam Lallana – 99 errors (9.91 minutes per error)

Burnley

Matej Vydra – 43 errors (5.00 minutes per error)

Nathan Collins – 29 errors (9.31 minutes per error)

Jack Cork – 37 errors (8.57 minutes per error)

Chelsea

Hakim Ziyech – 49 errors (4.29 minutes per error)

Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 49 errors (5.49 minutes per error)

Kai Havertz – 101 errors (6.26 minutes per error)

Crystal Palace

Conor Gallagher – 157 errors (6.10 minutes per error)

James McArthur – 149 errors (6.40 minutes per error)

Joel Ward – 110 errors (9.82 minutes per error)

Everton

Allan – 123 errors (8.56 minutes per error)

Abdoulaye Doucoure – 77 errors (9.35 minutes per error)

Andros Townsend – 88 errors (11.03 minutes per error)

Leeds

Calvin Phillips – 130 errors (6.23 minutes per error)

Jack Harrison – 109 errors (6.98 minutes per error)

Daniel James – 88 errors (6.98 minutes per error)

Leicester

Wilfred Ndidi – 96 errors (7.50 minutes per error)

Harvey Barnes – 92 errors (7.67 minutes per error)

Your Tielemans – 105 errors (9.30 minutes per error)

Liverpool

Konstantinos Tsimikas – 59 errors (6.59 minutes per error)

James Milner – 53 errors (6.94 minutes per error)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 35 errors (7.46 minutes per error)

Manchester By

Fernandinho – 38 errors (4.87 minutes per error)

Phil Foden – 89 errors (6.89 minutes per error)

Bernardo Silva – 101 errors (9.30 minutes per error)

Manchester United

Paul Pogba – 145 errors (4.37 minutes per error)

Bruno Fernandes – 138 errors (7.49 minutes per error)

Peace – 113 errors (6.75 minutes per error)

Newcastle United

Sean Longstaff – 112 errors (6.49 minutes per error)

Miguel Almiron – 84 errors (8.32 minutes per error)

Isaac Hayden – 98 errors (8.49 minutes per error)

Norwich

Kieran Dowell – 46 errors (4.54 minutes per error)

Lukas Rupp – 36 errors (7.03 minutes per error)

Todd Cantwell – 51 errors (7.04 minutes per error)

Southampton

Mohamed Elyounoussi – 137 errors (5.44 minutes per error)

James Ward-Prowse – 103 errors (8.51 minutes per error)

Nathan Redmond – 78 errors (9.09 minutes per error)

Spurs

Emerson Royal – 107 errors (7.15 minutes per error)

Japhet Tanganga – 62 errors (7.00 minutes per error)

Sergio Reguilon – 105 errors (9.11 minutes per error)

Watford

Juraj Kucka – 174 errors (4.90 minutes per error)

Ken Sema – 63 errors (4.57 minutes per error)

Jeremy Ngakia – 65 errors (5.77 minutes per error)

West ham

Tomas Soucek – 161 errors (6.64 minutes per error)

Pablo Fornals – 140 errors (7.34 minutes per error)

Declan Rice – 99 errors (10.91 minutes per error)

Wolves

Ruben Neves – 123 errors (7.34 minutes per error)

Daniel Podence – 23 errors (11.17 minutes per error)

Joao Moutinho – 87 errors (11.74 minutes per error)

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