The Toffees scraped their way to survival last season, avoiding the painful drop down to the Championship, and have done little so far this term to convince fans that it will be any easier this time around.
They have picked up four points from their six matches thus far, drawing four and losing two, as they sit 16th in the table – only above the drop zone on goal difference.
Quite simply, the club have a number of players who are not good enough to play regularly, and perform well, in the Premier League throughout a full season.
One dud who has had more than his fair share of chances to catch the eye is midfielder and academy product Tom Davies.
The Englishman has played 164 first-team matches in all competitions for the club since making the step up to senior level and is yet to nail down a place in the team week in, week out whilst putting in impressive performances.
This comes after he averaged a score of 6.63 in 2021/22 – ranking 19th in the roster – in six appearances. In fact, since the start of the 2016/17 campaign, he has never averaged a Sofascore rating higher than 6.75 in a Premier League season.
This shows that the £32k-per-week liability has consistently delivered subpar displays on the pitch in the league for the Toffees, over the course of a number of seasons, so it is no surprise that Daily Star journalist Paul Brown told GiveMeSport earlier this year that the club would probably be willing to cash in on him if the opportunity arose.
Lee McLean, co-host of the Bullens View, heavily criticised the midfielder after a Carabao Cup exit to Queens Park Rangers in 2021, saying: “I just think he’s an extremely poor footballer which is based on five years of watching him play week in week out. I have determined that I just don’t think he’s very good.
“He hasn’t kicked on in five years and never looks look like he’s got the fight or any sort of will to improve himself in any way. I don’t know what he’s particularly good at. He doesn’t score, he doesn’t assist. He’s weak, he’s not quick. He doesn’t impose himself on games and I think he hides from possession a lot.”
This scathing assessment of the 24-year-old’s ability, or lack thereof, and his uninspiring performances on the pitch over the years suggest that it is time for Lampard to ruthlessly cash in on Davies in the January transfer window, unless something drastically changes in the next few months.
He has proven consistently over the course of many years that he is not an outstanding performer for the Toffees, and that is why he must be offloaded in January in order to make way for any new signings who could come in with the potential to make a bigger impact at Goodison Park.