Frank Lampard will be feeling the pressure after his team fumbled their opportunity to secure definite safety last weekend, but will have their penultimate opportunity to save themselves against Crystal Palace on Thursday in their final home game of the season at Goodison Park.
There is no doubt that if Everton can remain in the Premier League next season there needs to be drastic changes at the club to ensure they are not in this position again and getting rid of players who are ineffective or negatively impacting the team is an absolute necessity.
With that being said, following a disappointing season, Salomon Rondon should be on the list of players the Toffees boss must be willing to sell and replace this summer.
In the game against Brentford, the rarely-seen striker was given a golden opportunity to come on and positively affect the game with the side down a goal in the last ten minutes of the game. However, he lost the ball every 1.5 touches, instead of exercising some damage control and taking his chances. Rondon was also red-carded just four minutes after coming on the pitch.
The ineffectiveness displayed in the game on Sunday has been a reflection of the 32-year-old’s entire season at Goodison Park, making 20 appearances and scoring just once in a defeat against Crystal Palace.
According to SofaScore, the centre-forward has created no big chances, is unsuccessful in the majority of his dribbles (60%) and has averaged at a shocking 15.2 touches per game, proving that he has been completely anonymous and ineffective in his attacking role for the Toffees since he joined last summer.
“This will be Rondon’s last game in an Everton shirt.”
If Everton do manage to complete the great escape by the end of this week, Lampard must get to work to improve the team and take them in a new direction ahead of next season.
Getting rid of Rondon in particular should be a priority so he can focus on improving the goal-scoring opportunities the side needs to be completing to win games.