Allardyce: Chelsea talk may have affected Valencia

ValenciaactionSam Allardyce reckons Enner Valencia’s head was turned by being linked to Chelsea in the January transfer window.

He also admits his whole team have under-performed as it has slid down the table from the fourth place they held when visiting Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day.

Since then we have managed only one win in 10 games and Allardyce said: “I think [the speculation] affects you without doubt, subconsciously.

“I don’t think he generally goes around thinking it has affected him as no player ever tells you that they are playing badly.

“But, subconsciously, it has to have an effect as you are not absolutely certain about your future.

“I think that there has definitely some thought that goes on subconsciously in terms of, ‘Where am I going to be next year? Should I stay here or should I not? Should I go somewhere else? Or I am just looking after myself as it [the deal] is already done?’


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9 comments on “Allardyce: Chelsea talk may have affected Valencia

  1. Dear Samuel Freud I consciously think you have to go somewhere else next year. This is the only sure thing I know.

    • We get it mate you dont like Sam,do yourself a favour and chat about something else,its getting boring now pal. C.O.Y.I.

  2. I think some managers liken themselves to players specifically to do this.They send scouts about to put players under pressure.But how many do they purchase or even bid on,very few. C.O.Y.I.

  3. Say what you want whenever you want Matte,we all have freedom of speech.Bare in mind that Baddow is Pro-Sam so he isnt going to like your comments.Doesnt mean you shouldnt express them though 😉

  4. Hi tyson, thanks. Don’t worry my answer was ironic…;-)

  5. Maybe messing him about didnt help either Samuel.As soon as your pets came back you had him on the bench,substituting him early,bringing him on late.Playing him out of position.Nothing to do with you that he was feeling a little out of then.The Chelsea game was the start of the downward spiral.We were in the top 4 & you went there & set us up to play like a team in the bottom 3 who didnt want to get humped.Negative muppet.

  6. I think Sam is struggling for things to say, if Valencia knew Chelsea were looking at him i would think anyone would take it as a boost to their confidence. Seeing as he has had the hardest time settling in and finding form then this is the type of comment from his manager is more likely to unsettle him

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