Sam Allardyce will take charge of his first match as Everton boss when they entertain Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon and will have been boosted by the news that two players are available.

The former Crystal Palace manager, who had retired from the game, was officially appointed after a long drawn-out process following the Toffees 4-0 hammering of West Ham United during the week, where he witnessed Wayne Rooney bag a hat-trick.

The experienced man, who is taking charge of his record seventh Premier League side, will be looking for his Everton side to continue from where they left off and use that momentum to move forward, however, he will be well aware of the threat the Terriers pose.

Huddersfield have had an impressive start to life in the top-flight, surprising many with the results that they have picked up along the way, including a shock 2-1 win against Manchester United at home, although they were thrashed 5-0 away to Arsenal in their last outing.

Allardyce will know that David Wagner will be looking for a reaction from his team, however, he has acknowledged that the news of Michael Keane’s availability has been a huge boost to his Everton side’s chances, whilst also stating Oumar Niasse is also in contention.

“Niasse and Keane are available,” he told the club’s official website.

“Those two lads are fine and I’m glad to have them back in the squad, especially from a Micheal Keane point of view because, defensively, we only had those four players who played on Wednesday night.”

The former Burnley defender had to miss out on the midweek clash with the Hammers after he had to be substituted from Everton’s previous fixture with Southampton.

Niasse is available following his two-match suspension after retrospective action was taken against him for an alleged attempt to deceive the referee when he won a penalty against Crystal Palace.

Leighton Baines continues to miss out for the Toffees as he is on the sidelines nursing a calf strain which he picked up during Everton’s heavy 4-1 defeat to the Saints last weekend.


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