Confidence in Frank Lampard is hanging by a thread ahead of Boxing Everton’s D-Day

swhere were we? Police and hosts formed a cordon to separate angry fans from angry players, Jordan Pickford was removed for one tackle, Alex Iwobi gave his shirt to a fan and threw it back, Frank Lampard raised his hands in apology after an anemic Bournemouth’s second defeat in five days. We meet with Everton in trouble again.

Six weeks is a long time to think about events on the south coast, where Everton’s collapse in form has been met with an ugly demonstration of collapse in support of Lampard’s side. One of the highlights of the Everton manager’s 11-month reign was reconnecting fans and players after the contentious days of Rafael Benitez and the disillusionment before his ridiculous appointment.

The association was crucial to the club’s survival in the Premier League last season. Seeing it unravel at the Vitality Stadium is confirmation that good intentions have limits and that Lampard must correct his form quickly to avoid another campaign fraught with the threat of relegation. Wolves’ under-the-table visit on Boxing Day is full of significance ahead of the trip to Manchester City on New Year’s Eve.

“I never assumed that this could not happen at a football club like ours,” said the Everton boss of the Bournemouth revolution. “When you come to a club with such passionate fans, you as a player, or I as a manager, have to take it upon yourself to be able to handle the fantastic side – which I would say is how amazing the 45,000 fans turned up and helped lead the performance against Chelsea last season – or the fans who They want to say Bournemouth wasn’t good enough.

“I agree. It wasn’t good enough. There’s somewhere in the middle where we need to get a better balance because we need each other if we’re going to be successful. I feel it’s the players’ responsibility to play with a higher level of energy and intensity in particular, because this It’s always the first requirement, and the fans will go with it. I have no doubt about that. They’ve shown us that before. We have a responsibility there.”

Frank Lampard aims to add more to his attack in January with options in short supply other than Anthony Gordon. Photo: Tony McArdle/Everton/Getty Images

Lampard has never hidden his belief that this season will be problematic or that it will take more than a transfer window to right the many wrongs of Farhad Moshiri’s reign (not his words, admittedly). Similarly, Everton weren’t just impatient with two poor results at Bournemouth, as Lampard’s 11th change in the Carabao Cup game backfired 4-1 before losing 3-0 in the Premier League.

“This is Everton and we don’t represent that as a team at the moment,” said a despondent Connor Cody, disqualified from facing his father’s club on Boxing Day. Supporters who’ve made two round trips totaling more than 1,000 miles in five days will agree. Everton are one place and one point clear of the relegation zone as a result of five defeats in seven league matches leading up to the World Cup. They didn’t score in five of those matches, which should come as no great surprise to the club who sold top scorer Richarlison last season, put plenty of faith in Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s recovery from injury and only added Neil Maupay to his impressive options. in summer.

However, there is recognition from the top that the manager needs a boost in January and that a fresh striker – or strikers – is the priority. But it won’t be direct. Atletico Madrid’s Matheus Cunha was under consideration before Wolves blasted Everton through a loan deal with an obligation to buy at more than £40m next summer. Mohamed Kudos has been wanted since the summer, but it would take a large sum to lure Ajax to sell a player who has since cemented his reputation in the Champions League and World Cup.

“We were very familiar with the player,” said Lampard of the fact. “He’s a really interesting player, but the number is big and to be fair Wolves made the decision to move him. Everyone has to work at different standards and it wasn’t a standard for us to work at.

“It’s not easy but our job and recruitment task is to find the right players to help us now. Do we need help at the end of the field? Yes. We’re fully aware of that. But it’s not easy to do because it’s a tough market in January. I think we can get loans and buy – We’ll look at both – but I want the players to improve us now, not just for the team. They have to come and help us.”

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