Everton will make the trip to the North East in their Premier League clash with Newcastle United on Wednesday night, and Frank Lampard will be hoping his team can get back into form against Eddie Howe’s side.
The Toffees have lost their last two games after a six-game unbeaten run that saw the side comfortably climb the league table, but after losing to Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur they are now in no position to stagnate any longer as they are just two points clear of the relegation zone.
As a result, the Everton manager will be looking for ways to get his team back on track and freshening up the team could be the solution to reigniting their fighting form in the Premier League.
One player that Lampard should unleash is James Garner with the midfielder proving whilst on loan with Nottingham Forest that he offers not only a solid presence in the centre of the pitch but also creativity and goal contributions from his position.
Over 41 Championship appearances, Garner scored four goals, delivered eight assists and created seven big chances during an outstanding 2021/22 campaign. He also made two key passes, 1.4 interceptions and 1.8 tackles per game, as well as completing 54% of his dribble attempts too, proving that he could play a huge part in Everton’s much-needed improvements to the attacking threat
The former Manchester United rising star joined the squad at Goodison Park this summer for just £15m and Lampard has continuously sung the player’s praises despite not giving the midfielder the opportunity an appearance in the starting line-up yet.
Lampard told the media that the 21-year-old talent can give Everton something “different” after making his club debut:
“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.
“I’m pleased to get him on the pitch. He deserved it in his training and he’s going to be a big player for us.”
That difference in attributes to the other midfielders the manager has at his disposal could ultimately become Everton’s unpredictable secret weapon against Newcastle tomorrow night, and in turn, earn the side the three points they need to climb out of danger.
With that being said, Lampard must unleash Garner in the starting line-up at St James’ Park as there is clearly an opportunity to try something new after two consecutive defeats, and the manager may find that the decision to start the young midfielder massively pays off for the Toffees.