Richarlison’s departure for Tottenham this summer has created a gap at Everton, according to Frank Lampard.
Everton’s preseason trip ended in a 4-0 loss to Minnesota United, and they are still without their Brazilian talisman.
Their sole acquisition this summer was James Tarkowski, who joined on a free transfer from Burnley after the club narrowly avoided relegation the previous campaign.
After the loss, Lampard discussed Richarlison in an interview with the club’s official website and said that he was not at all pleased with the performance.
Lampard thinks the loss of Richarlison has hurt Everton
The players must put in effort and comprehend that a significant amount of last season was spent in a relegation struggle. We had a wonderful night [against Crystal Palace] and an incredible run, but as soon as it was over, I swiftly put it to rest, and the players must do the same since we were involved in that fight for a purpose, he stated.
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And if we don’t want to find ourselves in that predicament once more, both they and I need to improve. The Minnesota game served as a reminder to the club of the necessity to strengthen the team in comparison to what we currently saw tonight.
“Personnel is important if you want to improve. There is no question in my mind. When you consider where we were a year ago, Richarlison is a major loss for us.
We wish him well, but our club is still going strong. We are low on personnel in the advanced zones, and we are aware of this. There are other aspects I wish to improve via the team.
“A team like Everton has to have a strong roster. The players must be willing to put up with the reality that they must compete to make the team. It has certainly given me a lot to think about, so they should have much to consider on the flight home.
Last season, Richarlison nearly single-handedly pulled Everton out of the muck, so Lampard took a significant hit with his departure.
The club received some respectable funding, but it all depends on who they can hire with it and how much was required to just balance the books.
As things stand, Everton may face another challenging season.
While it is not advisable to make too much of preseason, a 4-0 loss to an MLS team is not the best situation to be in as the new season approaches.