Sam: I expect better

Manager Sam Allardyce has told Sky Sports that he expects better from what he seen from the team so far this season, but has called for patience from fans for the new players to gel.

The club have had a rather inconsistent start to the season, with two strong performances against Spurs and Crystal Palace, followed however by a very poor showing against Southampton.

“Fans expect to see the best from the new players from day one. But it’s hard to integrate players, especially foreign players. To get them settled into a new culture and new routines you have to do an awful lot of work,” said Allardyce.

“You have to take a player’s family into consideration and sort out their personal lives. You need to make sure a player and his family is happy and settled when they leave the training ground. The integration of a new player is something you want to do as quickly as possible.

“I think the whole euphoria surrounding the transfer window acts as a distraction. But we can’t use that as too much of an excuse. I expect a lot better from the team and hopefully we’ll see that on Monday.”

Allardyce has also stated that new signings Alex Song and Morgan Amalfitano may feature against Hull City on Monday night, but both players are not yet 100% match fit.

“You don’t want to hurry a player in too quickly. The season is 38 games so we have to think about the long term and do what’s right for both the player and the team.

“You have to take the fitness of the new player into consideration as well. It depends when in the summer you sign a player and how much of a pre-season the player has had.

“For instance, Alex has had a pre-season at Barcelona but no games. So he’s hugely short of match practice. Morgan has had some games but had 10 or 12 days when he didn’t train because he was sorting out his move back to England.”


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