3 Chelsea players Frank Lampard could sign as Everton manager
Everton are set to announce Frank Lampard as the new manager
Everton are in the final stages of selecting the next manager after Rafa Benitez was sacked almost a fortnight ago. Frank Lampard was one of the favourites for the job as Everton are set to make a decision over Lampard, Vitor Pereira and Duncan Ferguson.
Lampard has appeared for at least a couple of interviews and reports suggest that he ise set to be announced as the next Everton manager. The 43 year old has been out of job since parting ways with Chelsea in January 2021. Since then, Lampard has been linked with a job to Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and even Everton before they hired Benitez.
Lampard didn’t have great success with Chelsea but one thing that he received enormous praise was for his utilization of youth and grooming of the youngsters. The Chelsea legend played a key role in baptizing the Chelsea youth and polishing them during his reign as the Chelsea boss. Tammy Abraham, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount can attest. Perhaps, Everton’s burgeoning young talents may also undergo a similar development curve.
Back when Lampard was at Derby, he was able to strike some loan deals with Chelsea due to his cordial relationship with the board as Tomori and Mount arrived on loan from Chelsea, going on to play an important role in Derby’s journey to the Championship play-off final.
With the Toffees struggling for depth and having a relegation battle on their hands, they need quality options in the team and there’s a chance that Lampard may do his thing to attract some Chelsea talent at least on a temporary basis.
3 Chelsea players Frank Lampard could bring to Everton:
1. Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been one Chelsea player that has already been linked with Everton. The midfielder has failed to get into Thomas Tuchel’s regular plans and remains a squad option. The 26 year old has played just 1024 minutes of football and started just 9 games this season.
Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho have been starters while the likes of RLC, Ross Barkley and Saul Niguez remain options from the bench. Loftus-Cheek is also wanted by Juventus should they offload Arthur, who is a target for Arsenal.
As for Everton, they are in desperate need for midfield reinforcements after Abdoulaye Doucoure and Fabian Delph have been sidelined due to injuries. The Toffees are lingering just above the relegation zone and will need a full strength side to avoid a relegation scrap. Doucoure was supposed to be a pillar in this battle but with him being out for a significant period, Everton have to fill in.
Frank Lampard could make use of Loftus-Cheek in an effective way. He is competent and efficient and most effective when playing as a part of a midfield three. He can play in an advanced role as well as get deeper. RLC is in constant search of space, applying his awareness and intelligence to aid the attack.
Under Benitez, the Royal Blues operated in a midfield two and were overrun and dominated against smarter and quality filled sides. Whenever the Toffees played a midfield three, some success came their way as they started winning the midfield tussles. If Lampard manages to secure a loan deal for Loftus-Cheek, Everton can form a solid midfield.
Kenedy has just returned from his loan spell from Flamengo after Chelsea cut short his loan deal and recalled him because of his lack of playing time at the Brazilian club. The Brazilian hadn’t hit the ground running in his homeland.
Chelsea though it might be best to recall him from the loan and send him to a team where regular minutes won’t be hard to come by. Kenedy can operate as a left wing back and it was though initially that the London Blues recalled him to provide cover in the left wing back role but it seems they are open to another loan deal.
Kenedy’s biggest strength is his ability to play in numerous positions across midfield and attack. He can play as a left wide midfielder, a left winger, as a left wing back and even on the left side of a midfield three.
Frank Lampard was with Kenedy for a short span of time, during the 2019-20 pre-season after which the Brazilian left on loan to Getafe. Kenedy is Chelsea’s forgotten man and it seems that he is not getting any closer to cutting into Tuchel’s plans.
Everton can do with Kenedy as an option for the remainder of the season. The Toffees might not want wingers but Kenedy can always be a reasonable option off the bench. With his ability to even play as a wing back, the 25 year old could be an exciting player to watch given his dribbling skills and strong physique.
3. Ross Barkley
Perhaps, the Everton fan base will be widely divided on this one. Some till day treat Ross Barkely as a traitor and do not want to see him anywhere close to the club. But the fact is that Everton do need quality midfielders and Barkley happens to be one available.
Barkley has just played 428 minutes of football this season and has just started one Premier League game. He is far behind in the pecking order with rotational options Loftus-Cheek, Saul and others comfortably ahead of him.
Chelsea are open to offloading Barkley even on a permanent basis. The 28 year old was a key member of Chelsea under Frank Lampard, playing 34 games and providing 11 goal contributions (six goals, five assists) in the 18 month period.
With Lampard set to take over the reins at Everton, he might dwell into the idea of bringing Barkley back to the club where his journey began but that poses a major risk of angering a faction of fans who despise the 28 year old.
The Englishman has all the typical skill sets of an attacking midfielder. He flourishes when given the freedom to run with the ball and use his lethal shooting skills. His arsenal consists of all tools required to succeed as a modern day midfielder but not many managers have been able to unlock his weapons. His commanding physical presence and raw athleticism bodes well while his capability to operate as a creator in the middle of the pitch act as the cherry on top.
Lampard’s counsel activated the potential of Barkley at Chelsea which hasn’t been replicated ever since. If the 43 year old does manage to convince the Everton board to sign or acquire Barkley on loan, the midfielder could find his feet again and possibly in the process win back the support of the ardent Toffees.