The result highlighted the drop off in quality that the squad possesses with the manager rotating his starting XI to include lesser featured players this season like Michael Keane, Mason Holgate and Ruben Vinagre.
However, it wasn’t just the fringe players who failed to impress the Everton manager last night with several starting players letting the team down on countless occasions beyond last night’s Carabao Cup clash.
One player who has been hugely inconsistent in his performances is Anthony Gordon, and last night proved again that he is not a player who can make positive game-changing decisions in the forward line.
The 21-year-old only had 24 touches of the ball, completed just 11 passes, failed in 100% of his attempted crosses and lost possession of the ball every four touches, before being hooked by Lampard in the 52nd minute against Bournemouth.
Remarkably, he has picked up a card every 146 minutes, proving that he is becoming a liability in the team owing to his reckless fouls.
Over 13 appearances, Gordon – who was once dubbed “so poor” by Everton podcaster Lee McClean – has failed to complete 75% of his dribbles and lost out in 63% of his duels, as well as losing possession every 33 touches and only offering 0.5 key passes per game.
Indeed, the boyhood Evertonian is young and inexperienced but if it comes at the cost of the team struggling to tally up points or compete in domestic trophies, questions need to be asked and potential transfer interest could play a key part in Gordon’s future at the club.
It has been reported on numerous occasions that Chelsea were interested in meeting the £60m price tag the Merseysiders have put on their talented youngster and if they continue to pursue the player it could be a great opportunity to reinvest in more trustworthy forwards in the January transfer window.
With that being said, there is no doubt that Lampard needs to ditch Gordon and if the right offer does come in when the transfer market reopens, the powers at Goodison Park should not be as reluctant as they once were to part ways with the player.