Frank’s Toffees Show Progress Despite Utd & Spurs DefeatsBy Unclassified • Oct 17th, 2022 • Category: News |
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place during the middle of the Premier League season, with a month-long break for players to participate in the tournament. The Premier League will break for the international call-up period ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, resuming on Boxing Day; a home encounter against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Toffees had been on a decent run of form recently, although some may fear that the loss against Tottenham Hotspur had put them on the back foot recently. Nonetheless, it could be argued that Frank Lampard’s side – which had gone six unbeaten prior to the defeat to Manchester United – are in a good spot and are looking to continue to build.
Naturally, many will feel that the start of this season has been a positive change for Everton, especially as they only narrowly avoided relegation last season. Before the season, there were worries that the Merseyside club may get drawn into another struggle. Indeed, there may have been many that were heading to sites listed here in order to place bets on this, if they had felt that way. Everton had initially been one of the favourites to be relegated and their manager in fact one of the favourites to be sacked first, although this has thankfully already been dispelled.
That achievement has several causes. One is the spirit that Frank Lampard has developed in this Everton squad; while they may not be known for their daring offensive style (although there has been some improvement in their intentions of this), they battle for every ball and have grown into a formidable opponent. That clear approach will win over a fan base that prioritizes these traits over all others. That said, Everton now also have more possession in matches and although they score few goals, are defensively very solid and there are signs there that this arguably more balanced side, has more than just a better mentality and character — the goals will come.
The transfer window is always a time when teams can potentially make or break their seasons, as they can see important players leave, while they could potentially end up bringing in the wrong men to try and help them out. Thankfully, the Toffees appear to have finally got their recruitment right this summer.
While the departure of Richarlison will have been an initial hurt to the system, players such as Conor Coady and James Tarkowski have made sure the defense is a lot more stable and solid due to the experience that they have in the league.
Furthermore, it seems Lampard is finally able to get the best out of certain players that some at Goodison Park may have felt have underperformed in the past. Alex Iwobi is perhaps guilty of that a little, however the Nigerian has fired back and is showing that he can be an integral part of the manager’s plans. Add in players such as Idrissa Gueye and Amadou Onana into the midfield, and it seems the middle of the park is now a lot stronger than before, too.
Everton has established a solid foundation thanks to this perfect storm of circumstances, but whether they can advance depends entirely on Dominic Calvert- Lewin’s health. There are few players like the Englishman when he’s in full flight, so if he returns from the injury that has kept him out so far this season, it may transform the course of the game. His emergence may give Everton a goal threat and alter their attitude toward games.
Since the 1986 championship, Everton played the best during the 2000s in the Premier League, as they finished below the first half only once from the 2005 to 2013 season. After finishing outside the top half for four consecutive seasons, Frank Lampard is rebuilding the team and trying to reestablish the club’s glory days.