Frank Lampard will be hoping that the pause in Premier League football will have had a positive effect on his squad, as the Toffees have struggled to find consistency in their performances over their first 15 league outings.
The Toffees are currently 17th in the league and just one point clear of the bottom three as it stands which has been heavily contributed bply the team’s lack of goal contributions so far, with just 11 goals scored.
As a result, Lampard will need to find solutions to get his team scoring as soon as possible and with Dominic Calvert-Lewin recovering from a knee injury, there is now an opportunity to promote one of Everton’s most promising youth prospects.
Tom Cannon has been having the season of his life so far with the U23s and has reportedly been attracting the attention of Sheffield Wednesday due to his relentless ferocity in front of goal for the young Toffees.
The 19-year-old goal machine – who was dubbed “ruthless” by journalist Joe Thomas – has scored 11 goals and delivered three assists over 17 appearances so far with a goal contribution every 96 minutes – an output that hasn’t gone unnoticed by the first team manager.
Lampard invited Cannon to Everton’s Australian tour last month and now the former Chelsea boss has hinted at the talented teenager’s inclusion in the matchday squad against Wolves on Monday during his pre-match press conference.
“Yes, and he is doing very well at the minute to sort of throw himself into the picture.”
“The way he is training with us and playing and scoring goals when he is playing for the Under-21s…so it is really good to see the development of him.”
“You know, to step into the first-team and make an impact as I say is on another level so at the minute he is showing everything he can.”
With that being said, unleashing Cannon could be an opportunity for Lampard to finally get his team scoring in the Premier League without Calvert-Lewin and could inevitably save Everton millions in the January transfer window as the signing of a striker has been reported as the clubs top priority.