Everton took a heavy defeat in an embarrassing performance from Frank Lampard’s side against Tottenham, and now edge even closer to dropping into the bottom three, potentially suffering their first relegation from top flight football in 71 years.
The Toffees were poor over the entire 90 minutes, not only conceding five goals but also not registering a single shot on target against their opponents throughout, as the side looked lacklustre in every single aspect of their game, both defensively and offensively.
Lampard made changes from his victorious FA Cup clash winning side to freshen up the squad and put more experience in the team ahead of their challenge against Antonio Conte’s Spurs side.
However, adding the experience into the team did not pay off, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin looking a complete shadow of himself after the Everton boss took a risk on the striker by starting him in the game.
Jordan Pickford hardly covered himself in glory throughout the match but their lack of offensive threat was also a big issue, leaving them with no hope of finding the net.
Calvert-Lewin wasn’t certain for a start against Tottenham, but Lampard took to his pre-match press conference on Friday to claim he was “hopeful” that the striker would be available for selection in the Premier League clash. Despite only just coming back from his third injury spell of the season the manager was clearly keen to have him involved in the game.
Ultimately, the 24-year-old was named in the starting XI and it will be a decision the Everton head coach will likely be regretting, after he made very little impact in his 69 minutes played.
He lost possession of the ball in every two touches, had no shots on target, failed in 80% of his ground and aerial duels combined and made only five accurate passes over almost three-quarters of the game according to SofaScore. That was until he was finally benched by his manager to be replaced with Dele Alli.
The fan favourite forward has been struggling to find his shooting boots since he returned to fitness from his long term injury at the turn of the year, and in fact Calvert-Lewin has not scored since the 28th August 2021 against Brighton. That acts as a huge worry considering the side are in a strong position to suffer relegation this term.
Lampard will be feeling particularly deflated that his players didn’t take the opportunity to steal points away from home on Monday night, and will surely be concerned about the position the Toffees are finding themselves as they edge closer to deeper trouble.
The Merseyside outfit will take on Wolverhampton Wanderers this weekend at Goodison Park, and the manager will be hoping the home advantage will give them the edge they need to secure a win after such a poor display against Spurs.
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