Everton made a number of signings in the January transfer window, with Dele Alli, Donny van de Beek and Anwar El Ghazi all joining from other Premier League clubs to help bolster the squad ahead of the challenge that lies ahead for the club in their challenge for safety in the league.
Both Alli and van de Beek have had opportunities to make an impact on the side, however, El Ghazi has only been given 11 minutes of game time since he joined the club two months ago.
Although, there does seem to be a glimmer of hope for the winger after the Toffees boss spoke about the player’s contribution.
Speaking recently about the 26-year-old, as cited by BirminghamLive, Frank Lampard said:
“I think he can offer, he’s a talented player. I know that from going up against him as a coach. It’s an area where we do have personnel. He has a slightly different skill set to anyone else in that area.”
The £38k-per-week gem who was hailed “remarkable” by pundit Adrian Clarke, had a better goal to minutes ratio than Richarlison last season, with El Ghazi scoring every 170 minutes and Richarlison finding the net every 257 minutes.
Considering the fact that Everton haven’t scored a single goal in the Premier League in their last four fixtures, conceding consecutive defeats, it could be an opportunity tonight to offer an opportunity to El Ghazi.
He’d add a fresh perspective and attacking threat to the game against Newcastle United at Goodison Park, especially since the winger has already bullied the Tyneside club this season, scoring for Villa against them last year.
Earlier on in the season, back in August, the Dutch national netted the second goal in Aston Villa’s 2-0 comfortable victory over the Magpies at Villa Park, and Lampard must not ignore the potential for the goal threat to emulate his performance against Eddie Howe’s side now that Everton find themselves in a desperate situation.
The Toffees must capitalise on the fact that the clash with Newcastle United tonight is a game in hand on their relegation competitors, and if Lampard needs to be ruthless with his attacking line by dropping regulars to accommodate El Ghazi it could be well worth the risk.