Frank Lampard takes his Everton team to East London this weekend to face his former club and the Toffees’ ex-boss, David Moyes, who is also under huge pressure
Crisis-stricken Everton travel to East London on Saturday seeking a victory that would end a three-month stretch without a win and significantly ease concerns over a desperate struggle to avoid relegation this season.
The Blues have picked up all three points in only three Premier League games all season, one of them against this weekend’s opponents, West Ham, in the reverse fixture back in September but since beating Crystal Palace 3-0 the following month, Frank Lampard’s side have gone nine games in all competitions without a win.
That horrendous run, the worst sequence of form in the division and similar to that which lost Rafael Benitez his job a little over a year ago, has seen Everton drop to joint-bottom of the table but Lampard remains in his post so far and takes his charges south to face not only his former club but the Toffees’ ex-manager in the form of David Moyes.
Moyes comes into the weekend under just as much pressure, with some reports suggesting that the West Ham board will sack him if he loses the game to Everton. And not only that, they’re lining Benitez up as his replacement! The Hammers are on the same number of points as the Blues but have won one more match in the League and, on paper, arguably have the more rounded squad.
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Furthermore, Moyes’s team has been bolstered by the arrival this week of striker Danny Ings in an initial £12m deal from Aston Villa. Like Everton, West Ham have struggled to score goals all season, registering just 15 in 19 games and the Scot is hoping that Ings, who has scored goals against the Toffees for four different clubs now — and must surely be odds-on to make it five! — will provide him the cutting edge up front he has been missing.
The 30-year-old will provide immediate cover for Maxwel Cornet and Gianluca Scamacca, two summer signings who are ruled out this weekend through injury together with back-up goalkeeper, Alphonse Areola.
Everton, however, were working on an attacking signing of their own at the time of writing, with a medical believed to have been lined up for Arnaut Danjuma ahead of the completion of a proposed loan move to Goodison Park from Villarreal.
The Blues are reportedly favourites to land him but whether that deal goes through in time for him to be registered and eligible for this weekend’s game remains to be seen, as does his match fitness after not training with his current club for the past week.
His arrival should provide a boost regardless to a team low on morale and wracked by rancour off the pitch as supporters protest against the hierarchy’s running of the club and for wholesale change.
Lampard was asked about the crisis engulfing the club and how he is trying to keep his players focused on the task at hand, particularly as some were confronted by upset fans outside the ground after last Saturday’s home defeat to Southampton.
“It’s challenging,” the manager admitted. “Not all of those things fall under my responsibility. My priority is the football side of things. In a tough run, it’s about how I can lift the players. I’m aware of the noise and it is my job is to push that to the side.
“I’ve spoken to some of the players. This is not just an Everton situation but this club has a unique passion. Sometimes, passion can overspill in a good way, and maybe in minority cases [in a bad way]. The majority just want this team to do well.
“[The fans have] got an absolute right to voice an opinion but of course we don’t want fans going up to players. It’s a minority who have spoken to them. We don’t want that and I’d love to not see that again. But I understand they’re passionate fans.”
As far as matters on the pitch are concerned, Lampard admitted that he had spoken some home truths after the Saints loss.
“If the players in the dressing room are disappointed we lost then that’s good,” he explained. “If they want to fight and be a good teammate, not think about themselves, think about the team and try to get the result the next week and train great intensity, whether they are starting or not, that is all I want.
“They have to think about what is the way out of difficult moments. I’ve been in many in my career and the only way is work; the only way is focus and the only way is being unselfish about it, putting yourself to the limit and that is exactly where we are.”
Given that it is an away game, Lampard is expected to set his team up with a five-man back line, at least from the beginning, with the same starting XI that started against Southampton.
A win for Everton could lift them back out of the bottom three and, perhaps, as high as 14th place depending on how results go elsewhere but everyone connected with the club would simply be happy to end this long winless run.
Kick-off: 3pm, Saturday 21 January, 2023
Referee: Stuart Attwell
VAR: Andre Marriner
Last Time: West Ham United 2 – 1 Everton
Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Coleman, Godfrey, Coady, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, Gueye, Onana, Iwobi, Gray, Calvert-Lewin
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If Lampard sends out the same 11 usual suspects then he is sealing his own fate. If he is a credible manager he has to prove it and to take brave and sensible decisions. We will all have our own thoughts upon the team line up but it has to be freshened with an altered approach. Mina is a warrior and should play. We need at least 3 proper midfielders !( perhaps 4 ) who can run and tackle, hence McNeill, Iwobi and Godfrey (whatever his role) should not be on the pitch. DCL needs regular service/support. Not quite dogs of war but let’s see 11 players battling, looking to go forwards and utterly committed to the cause.
I, too, would like to see Mina come in, probably for Coady. Well see if its the same XI again, though, on Saturday…
Davies for Gueye?
Maupay, McNeil Gordon – no thanks!
Maybe go 4-4-2:
I can’t see us winning as West Ham have too many good players that can change a game. I hope we can scrape a draw and it will 1. Seal the fate of a man who should’ve gone after the Bournemouth mauling, and 2. At least keep us in the running for whoever takes over next.
Gutted to see that we have lost out to Mick McCarthy as our next manager. He has taken the Blackpool job.
If Yerry Mina plays we have a chance. In fact hes the only hope I think we have considering his influence on games. Keeping him fit physically/mentally though is the challenge. Play Godfrey LB cos the Ukrainian is fucking terrible. Id even play Holgate RB. Were away from home and pressure is on them so lets not give them a free fucking pass eh Everton!! Fortune favours the brave.
Sean 4, I genuinely believe that we’re not in the running at the moment, let alone after the West Ham game. Seven wins from our remaining games is two or three too many as I see it. The fightback begins in August.
I think you’re probably right Danny, but I would at least want us to go down fighting. We certainly won’t get that under Lampard.
The reset (again) starts in August.
I’ll be fighting tomorrow. Not in the physical sense, just with all my heart and soul, wishing I could be on that pitch. Those players best had be feeling the same.
Over the years, Everton have disappointed me, let me down and then elated me to the point that only my marriage and birth of my son can surpass.
I can’t hate them, I wouldn’t know how to.
Tomorrow we go to support the team. The circus can carry on in the background. Tomorrow is about the team and getting a result.
Spot on, Danny. Leave all the negativity at home. Our last two aways have shown plenty of fight. West Ham are no great shakes, despite what one or two say on here. They are where they are, exactly like us, shite. If they had that many good players they wouldnt be joint bottom of the league.
This segment says it all:
‘Moshiri has sacked Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman, Sam Allardyce, Marco Silva and Rafael Benitez.
‘It has resulted in a Frankenstein’s monster of a squad – the starting 11 in the 2-1 home defeat by Southampton featuring players acquired by six different managers.“
It’s got to help being far away from the Goodison psycho-drama-panto-farce. Be bold, Everton. Go out and grab this one by the balls.
I wouldnt exactly call Mina a warrior. He does get under the oppositions skin a bit but his habit of pulling up injured makes him unreliable. He does have a goal in him now and then if he stays on the pitch though.
I would love to see us get plenty of crosses in to give DCL something to get on to and Lampard has to get this drummed into his players to get ball over first time. Im sick of this check and pass the ball backwards.
Crucial battle in the middle so Gana will have to win that and allow Iwobi to try and create something which will be a miracle if he does.
Fingers crossed we all feel a bit relieved come Saturday night.
“Godfrey should not be on the pitch”?? Your opinion and your entitled to it but I fervently disagree. He’s one of the very few I’d be looking to keep in this this team. Stick him on Ings like he stuck to Haaland and the bulldog faced gobshite wont get a sniff!
I must be mad as I’m looking forward to going tomorrow.
Tap East anyone??
Lyndon and I are in agreement that Lampart must refresh the line up. I am absolutely confident that everyone on TW would agree. Lyndon and I are also in agreement that the likely line up is probably correct. I am equally confident that everyone on TW will moan, groan and despair if that line up is announced.
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