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Everton: Calvert-Lewin may have cost Lampard his job vs West Ham

Everton fell to their 11th defeat of the season at the London Stadium this afternoon, losing 2-0 to West Ham United in their Premier League clash, and Frank Lampard will be feeling like his role at Goodison Park is massively under threat.

The Toffees remain 19th in the top-flight table with only 15 points tallied up over 20 outings and two points deep into the bottom three as it stands, which is putting the club in a more vulnerable position with every fixture that passes by.

During their visit to East London, Everton enjoyed far more possession (68%) but had fewer shots on target (2 v 4), fewer big chances (0 v 3) and fewer dribbles completed (3 v 7), proving that no matter how much of the ball the side had they just couldn’t create the chances needed to get back into the game.

In the first half, it was relatively uneventful between the two relegation-competing sides, however, Jarrod Bowen found his shooting boots in the 34th minute to take the lead and quickly doubled it just seven minutes later ahead of the half-time whistle.

In the second half, it didn’t get any easier for Everton even with the half-time substitutions of Tom Davies and Dwight McNeil and 72% possession of the ball – West Ham comfortably retained their lead without much trouble from their opponents and ultimately collected all three points at full time.

Indeed, Lampard’s tactics clearly failed yet again as the attacking threat looked uninspired in their attempts to give David Moyes’ side any trouble and Dominic Calvert-Lewin‘s inability to get stuck into the game may have ultimately cost the former Chelsea boss his job.

Over his 90-minute appearance, the Everton passenger completed just eight accurate passes, lost possession of the ball every two touches, lost nine of his 15 duels, failed to complete 100% of his dribble attempts and was dribbled past twice.

Calvert-Lewin has been an inconsistent feature for the Merseysiders following a number of injury complaints over the last 18 months and has only found the back of the net six times in the Premier League since the beginning of last season – which only puts more pressure on the powerbrokers at Goodison Park to sign a striker this month.

Football Insider have already tweeted to claim that Everton are expected to sack Lampard following the defeat today with the hierarchy already meeting ahead of the clash to decide on the manager’s future:

“🚨 EXCLUSIVE! 🚨

– Everton are expected to sack Lampard. Board met yesterday and owner Moshiri had been planning to dismiss Lampard regardless of result today, but West Ham defeat will seal his fate. 🔵

– Two weeks to find a new manager. Duncan Ferguson is a contender. 🚨”

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With that being said, it will be interesting to see whether Lampard will get another chance ahead of their clash with league leaders Arsenal in two weeks’ time, however, it is looking increasingly likely that the manager’s journey with Everton is coming to an end.