Everton sacked manager Rafa Benítez in mid-January after losing to Norwich. He won seven matches out of 22 in all competitions and was replaced by Frank Lampard. The style of the new DT would be much better if he still had James Rodríguez.
The Spaniard collected pending accounts from Real Madrid with the Colombian. He ignored it as soon as he assumed in the English team. He imposed his authority benefiting from a start of four unbeaten dates that accelerated the playmaker’s discreet exit to Qatari football.
Benítez’s campaign collapsed. In his seven months he left the team six points from relegation in 16th place, with the fans against him and another open conflict with winger Lucas Digne.
The management changed him for Frank Lampard with a more offensive profile as he showed in his beginnings at Derby County and in his failed experience at Chelsea. In both cases he chose the flexible 4-3-3 with starting sides, double five and wingers with a tendency to go inside. He likes attacking midfielders whom he tends to back up with midfielders back and forth.
In Everton he arrived between the emergencies and pressured by the Premier League table. He started with 4-4-2 and with reinforcements with whom he hopes to save the campaign with strokes of style. Without Yerry Mina due to injury, the defense is made up of captain Seamus Coleman, Mason Holgate, Michael Keane and Jonjoe Kenny.
In the midfield is where the slight football improvement is noticeable in the four games he directed. Double pivot with Allan more positional and the Dutchman Donny Van de Beek with enough energy to go back and forth, as well as constant offensive will.
On the flanks of that area, a performer like Alex Iwobi on the right along with the freshness of the youthful 20-year-old youth squad, Anthony Gordon. In attack the usual ones, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
With that team he won a final match for permanence. He thrashed Leeds 3-0 with high points from Coleman, Gordon and the Brazilian. “He’s a tactical genius and I’m thriving because of that.”Anthony described to the DT.
The detailed data revealed that the Everton toffees had seven shots on target in the first half, their best record for the Premier League since March 2019.
If James were there…
Lampard’s proposal would favor its characteristics. He could go to the right in Iwobi position with freedom to go to the middle or step into the area in this 4-4-2. Just as Carlo Ancelotti allowed.
Expressing his technique would be easier with Allan’s first pass and connections with Van de Beek if he ran to the middle for imbalance as inside. The Dutchman and Gordon would help cover areas without the ball due to his youth, giving James a hand. A combination of generous football with greater balance to suffer less in a season auction without the right to fail.
James opened the door to a possible return to Everton.
“In the end, the coach didn’t want to count on me, it’s the preferences of each coach, some like you, others don’t and that’s respectable. But I would come back, why not, I left everything, I always trained, worked and the Everton fans are very big and supports”express.
Another of his companions, the Brazilian Richarlison recounted the careless way in which he left for Al Rayyan.
“When I came back from the Olympics I was even surprised by how much he ran and dedicated himself to training, training well. And out of nowhere, the coach said he was gone. Nobody understood anything.”revealed.
Everton have 15 games to keep their place in the top division. He has 22 points to four of the relegation zone and three pending commitments. His next rival will be the leader Manchester City at Goodison Park.