This is the latest everton News with Frank Lampard ready to face huge midfield dilema as Harry Winks transfer to everton issues addressed.
Chris Beesley discusses the midfield conundrum Frank Lampard faces in light of the club’s transfer negotiations with Tottenham Hotspur for Harry Winks in the Royal Blue column.
Frank Lampard would be best suited to solve Everton’s midfield issues by rejuvenating himself because he is the younger half of one of football’s most well-known father-and-son teams and unquestionably the most renowned player to share the same name.
The Blues manager, who turned 44 earlier this week, must instead look for others to try and imitate the kind of role he fulfilled with such vigor during his own playing days because there isn’t a time machine that can go back a few decades.
In reality, the Blues could have never afforded Lampard in his prime given that he transferred from West Ham United to Chelsea in 2001 for £11 million at a time when Everton’s highest transfer cost was only half that amount.
With 177 goals, Lampard is currently sixth on the list of the competition’s all-time scorers and the only non-striker in the top 19. Lampard would become the most productive midfielder in Premier League history at Stamford Bridge.
Even while Everton, like other teams, would appreciate someone of this strength, they’d probably be content with someone who can provide them with a little bit more running and bite.
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Fabian Delph had the highest average score among team members who appeared in multiple games last season according to the ECHO’s player ratings, but given that he only played in 11 games, it was somewhat surprising that he wasn’t given a new contract when his current one expires at the end of this month.
While Abdoulaye Doucoure is able to cover more ground, a couple of injuries caused his impressive early-season form to falter. Players like Allan and Andre Gomes frequently found themselves overrun last season. Therefore, to whom does Lampard turn in order to improve conditions in the engine room?
A lot might ultimately rely on who becomes available in the upcoming weeks and how much Everton might be able to recuperate via the sale of a key player. Given that Richarlison’s statements at the end of May raised questions about his future, he now looks to be the most probable contender in that regard.
However, the Blues must understand that they will need to hold out for much more than the amount of little over £50 million that has been reported in rumors, as it would scarcely even cover their spending on him after taking salaries and a sell-on clause to Watford into account.
The 25-year-suitors old’s will need to offer Goodison Park executives a sizable profit for their talisman, who appears irreplaceable, at least in terms of any sort of like-for-like alternative, given that he is a proven Premier League performer and frequently leads the line for Brazil.
Chelsea are the latest club offering Champions League football to consider a move for the player. Other than wags (jokers, not footballers’ partners, Gareth Southgate tells us that term is disrespectful now), who have requested to be given the squad number 40, there has been a noticeably underwhelming response among many of Everton’s long-suffering fanbase to the ECHO reporting that the club has held talks with Tottenham over the signing of Harry Winks.
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Tottenham’s Harry Winks is neat and tidy in possession, as you’d expect from a Spurs midfielder. In terms of scoring output, Winks, who hasn’t found the net in the Premier League since a last-minute winner at Fulham in January 2019, is something of the antithesis of Lampard given that he’s only ever registered two goals in 128 top-flight matches.
Lampard spoke on his arrival about a desire for his players to ‘enjoy the ball’ but when the demands of a relegation dogfight required a more pragmatic approach, he found more success in allowing opponents to dominate possession while maintaining a disciplined shape to pick them off.
Winks outperformed Allan in all of their attacking and passing categories, while the Brazilian outperformed him in every defensive metric, according to a comparison of his numbers from last season using Comparisonator. It was more of a mixed bag against Doucoure, and based on these numbers, while he may provide Everton with an additional dimension in the middle of the field, it is still unclear whether such results will be regarded adequate to alter the team’s style of play.
Although all of his Premier League outings for last season’s champions were at left-back, a switch to Goodison Park could enable him not only to get the more regular football he desires, but an opportunity to play in his favoured role as a box-to-box midfielder like he often does for his country.
Football clubs cannot of course be guided entirely in their recruitment policy by those in the stands and it would be disrespectful to dismiss the professional opinions of Lampard and director of football Kevin Thelwell, who will grasp the nuances of what’s required to succeed in the Premier League much better than either you or I (both this correspondent and colleague Adam Jones expressed concerns over Winks’ suitability on a recent episode of the Royal Blue podcast).
A preference for the Ukrainian – certainly when placed in a head-to-head with Winks – seems almost universal among Evertonians, who were also receptive to the idea of Conor Gallagher coming in a part-exchange if Chelsea act on their interest in Richarlison.
The majority of Everton’s supporters have been following the team for many years and will continue to do so when they are both gone, so it would also be wise for the couple to pay attention to such broad concern from these supporters. They don’t want to go through another possibly costly and irritating groundhog day since they have sadly observed transfers that appear disturbingly comparable to Winks in the past.
The fact that Tottenham owner Daniel Levy is known as one of football’s astute negotiators is not by chance, and the Blues have yet to see much benefit from the intricate deal they struck for Dele Alli on the day that Lampard arrived with the midfielder having started just one game – the 5-1 thrashing at Arsenal after the team had locked up its Premier League status.
Other ball-playing midfielders from Spurs who traveled north in the past, including Simon Davies and Vinny Samways, withered on Merseyside and looked like a shell of their former selves while at White Hart Lane. This appears to be the main concern in this situation.