Sam Allardyce questions Man City’s level of spending

Everton boss Sam Allardyce insists the level of spending by Manchester City should not be ignored as a factor in their success this season.

The Toffees take on the runaway Premier League leaders on Saturday, with City manager Pep Guardiola receiving plaudits for getting results with style.

Allardyce was asked what the difference was for City between last season and this season, and whether Guardiola had learned from last season’s experience or the players had learned from him.

He joked: “And £350million – that will have a bit to do with it! In all fairness, the money’s been really well spent, hasn’t it?

“It’s a lot of money but it’s been spent on quality players over his short period there and I think those players have brought so much more to the team overall.

“The average age of the player has been reduced. Certainly the confidence has grown where they believe every game they walk out on they are not going to get beat. That grows and becomes another force before that even start. We can’t be intimidated by that.”