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Everton: Lampard must unleash James Garner v Fulham

Everton travel to London this evening to take on Fulham in their Premier League clash at Craven Cottage, and Frank Lampard will surely be hoping that his team can pick up from where they left off after their 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace last weekend.

The Toffees are currently 12th in the table on 13 points, and another three-pointer today on the road could see them climb as high as ninth, which would put them in an even more comfortable position ahead of the World Cup break next month.

Fulham will be no easy challenge for the Merseysiders, though, as the Cottagers are currently seventh following an outstanding start to their campaign after being promoted from the Championship last season.

Former Everton manager Marco Silva has led his team to an unbeaten run over their last three games, but Lampard will be hoping that he can prove to one of his predecessors that the team he has built can nullify the Cottagers today.

As a result, the Toffees boss should unleash a secret weapon in his armoury, with James Garner familiar and experienced in defeating this successful Fulham side.

The ex-Manchester United midfielder, who was dubbed “exceptional” by former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson, spent last season on loan with Nottingham Forest in the Championship. In his most recent clash against Silva’s side, he emerged on the right side of a 1-0 win.

Garner joined Everton this summer from Old Trafford in a £15m deal, and Lampard has already made it clear that the young talent is part of his plans at Goodison Park, claiming that the midfielder can offer something “different” to the team.

The 44-year-old said: “He looks a bit different to our other midfield players in his attributes; his passing, his delivery of set-pieces and shots he can get away. He is a really clean striker of the ball in a sense of his passing… He’s going to be a big player for us.”

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The 21-year-old is renowned for his versatility in the middle of the park, something he displayed frequently during his time at the City Ground last season; scoring four goals, supplying eight assists and creating seven big chances, along with averaging 1.4 interceptions, 1.8 tackles and 3.9 successful duels per game.

With that in mind, Garner could give Fulham nightmares if he is unleashed in the starting line up this evening, and could be the difference in Everton’s midfield to halt the west London side’s unbeaten run.

It’s high time that the youngster is properly unleashed for his first start for the Toffees.

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