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Allan explains Rafa Benitez change from Carlo Ancelotti at Everton

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Allan believes that Everton can improve on last season because all the players are learning under Rafa Benitez.

The Blues go into the last international break of the calendar year in the bottom half of the table after failing to win in their last five matches.

With last season’s top scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin having been sidelined since September and now Abdoulaye Doucoure and Yerry Mina joining him on the treatment table, the spine of Benitez’s team has been ripped out in recent weeks but Allan still reckons they can enjoy a more successful campaign than last term.

Under Carlo Ancelotti’s stewardship, Everton were second in the table as late as Boxing Day last year but ended up plummeting to 10 th and missing out on their goal of qualifying for European competition.

Although 30 and one of the senior players in the squad, Allan, who explains he is now operating in a different type of midfield role, acknowledges he is picking up plenty of pointers from the new Blues boss and reckons that can only help himself and his team-mates.

The club’s website quote him as saying: “At Napoli, our formation was 4-3-3 and I played as a Mezzala , on the side of a midfield three, which gives you more freedom to perform the box-to-box role.

“You have more chances to shoot and can arrive more regularly in the opposition box, which gives you more opportunities to provide assists.

“But I am learning new things with Rafa Benitez, without a doubt. Every manager has a distinct way of working, Rafa has his and he’s already added a lot to my career.

“You learn until the day you stop playing and the manager has helped me have a different view of some parts of the game.

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