Everton are leaving themselves with no room for error in the remaining months of the Premier League campaign, and are in desperate need of points in the league to climb the table into safety away from the relegation zone.
However, they face a tricky test on Monday, travelling to London to take on Antonio Conte’s Spurs side.
Frank Lampard will be hoping that he can capitalise on Tottenham’s inconsistency, with the team losing three of their last five games, and one of those fixtures was lost to relegation contender Burnley, so the Toffees boss could easily identify the weaknesses Spurs have shown in their defeats and exploit them himself tomorrow night.
One player who should make an appearance in the starting line-up on Monday evening is Andros Townsend, who hasn’t been getting the credit he deserves this season when you look at the positive impact he has made since arriving on a free transfer last summer.
Townsend is currently Everton’s top goalscorer this season on seven goals, and has four assists which is the most in the team, tied with Abdoulaye Doucoure, offering an unrivalled attacking output in the team that shouldn’t be overlooked by Lampard when he selects his team.
The 30-year-old who was dubbed “underrated” by his pundit Carlton Palton, offers versatility to play across the forward line and attacking midfield positions, as well as buckets of Premier League experience that gives him an edge over his younger competitors for his position in the team.
The £6.3m-rated forward showed his capabilities in his most recent opportunity to start in the side against Boreham Wood in the FA Cup clash midweek, bagging an assist, proving successful in 100% of his dribbles, winning the majority of his duels (70%) and made his presence known all over the pitch with 83 touches of the ball during the victory according to SofaScore.
With that being said, not only has Townsend earned his place to start in the side against Tottenham Hotspur, he offers reliability that Lampard can’t ignore when it comes to the difficult challenge of taking all three points from a top-four competing side away from home.
By unleashing him, the Everton manager could potentially haunt Spurs courtesy of their former player, while unlocking an unexpected victory that could ultimately save the Toffees season, as every point matters now for the club.
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