Everton are just one point above the relegation zone and that’s proof enough of their poor showing in the Premier League this season. The Toffees got rid of Rafa Benitez in January, replacing the Spaniard with Frank Lampard but the team is still largely fragile.
Lampard’s rocky start to life at Goodison Park was made worse on Monday when his side suffered a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur. Everton were thoroughly outplayed and the result leaves them with a measly 22 points after 25 Premier League games. It is the club’s lowest tally at this stage of a top-flight season.
Everton outclassed by Spurs
The clock had counted 39 minutes when Lampard’s former Chelsea team-mate John Terry tweeted: “It could be six.”
Everton then trailed 3-0 – after an own goal from Michael Keane and further strikes from Heung-Min Song and Harry Kane – and played like a team that had already given up.
Terry’s prediction may not have come true, but a 5-0 hammering is as damning as it gets. The Toffees were totally outclassed by a Spurs side who had lost four of their last six league games.
To take nothing away from Antonio Conte’s side, but Everton’s sloppiness and lethargy made them look like a world-class side. The Toffees have a decent squad. However, they are currently disjointed and will be torn apart by most teams if they continue to play this poorly.
Lampard’s inexperience exposed
As much as individual players made mistakes that cost the team dearly, Lampard’s reactivity instead of being proactive didn’t help either. After losing 3-0 in the first half, any manager worth their salt would have made substitutions to bring stability to a non-existent midfield.
However, the Toffees boss made similar changes and continued to play on the front foot, allowing Tottenham to continue cutting his side with little opposition. Lampard said after the game, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“I’m confident but that doesn’t mean anything. I didn’t enter the building with a magic wand. I’m absolutely confident, that’s why I’m here. The feeling at this club when I came here was that we could fall.”
“It was clear around town it was up to me to change that and I thought we had changed that. But it’s a test of that. Individual mistakes led to goals that took the game away from us. and the reaction was not good. It was the reaction of a team used to losing away from home. We have to fix that.”
Lampard’s inexperience was poorly exposed by Tottenham on Monday. The former Chelsea man clearly has a lot to learn if he is to turn Everton into the competitive team it once was.