This is the latest EVERTON News as Kevin Thelwell approach at Emirates stadium create a scene of questions over Frank Lampard as Arsenal bartered the blues in the final day of the league.
To be honest, it was always going to be difficult for Everton’s players to come back down to earth following Thursday evening’s emotional release.
The relief from the weight of burden lifted off their shoulders prompted spontaneous jubilation on the field.
It was always going to be difficult to refocus after that show of relief for a contest that meant nothing. That is very understandable.
But that doesn’t negate the fact that their performance at the Emirates taught Frank Lampard a lot about this team and what has to be done in the future.
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Everton News: Lampard to answer big Everton question after Kevin Thelwell approach at Emirates stadium
In reality, the first half of the legendary Crystal Palace game may be included in that judgment.
Lampard has made it plain in recent weeks that he has landed on a particular method. It’s unclear whether this is a long-term strategy or simply a desperate attempt to stop this dreadful season, but there are a lot of choices to be made.
First and foremost, is that Everton’s best formation? There’s no denying that it was successful in the early phases of this campaign, but not consistently.
The Blues were dreadfully outmatched in the middle of the pitch in the first half at Goodison Park on Thursday, exposing wide openings for Palace to exploit. That was eerily similar to what occurred tonight at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal was always going to have the upper hand in possession, but they made things far too easy for themselves when playing through the lines.
Even though Everton had just played an exciting encounter a few days before, the alterations they made couldn’t provide the essential enthusiasm to the correct parts of the pitch.
The Blues put in the effort and applied themselves, there’s no doubt about it. But it was evident that something wasn’t clicking, which is exactly what triggered the 4-3-3 formation versus Palace at halftime.
So, where is the true source of criticism? Is it the persons or the system in which they worked?
That is, after all, the true question Lampard and his team should be asking themselves. Over the course of the summer, they must determine which path they truly want to take.
Kevin Thelwell was brought in to assist the management in this regard, offering a defined transfer window strategy as opposed to the haphazard scattergun approach that has been all too common in the past.
At the Emirates Stadium, the director of football was there, and he will be quite clear about the work at hand.
While the rest of the stadium enjoys a few weeks of not having to focus about Everton and a well-deserved break, you’d think that talks about the summer transfer window had already begun.
If the Blues want to keep playing like this in the future, they’ll need fresh additions at practically every position on the field.
That will still be the case even if they utilize a different configuration. Lampard may have discovered a lot about his team in the previous two games, not just in terms of their determination and spirit versus Palace, but also in terms of the lack of talent that got them into problems in the first place.
Frank and Kevin, your task begins right now. Rebuild the team.
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