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Everton: Lampard must unleash Ruben Vinagre v Crystal Palace

Everton host Crystal Palace at Goodison Park in their Premier League clash on Saturday afternoon, and Frank Lampard will be hoping that being back in front of the home support will inspire a result from his team.

The Toffees are experiencing a run of bad form after a promising start to the season, and after shipping a third consecutive defeat on Wednesday night against Newcastle United, they are now just one point clear of the relegation zone ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.

As a result, the clash against Patrick Vieira’s side may be the perfect opportunity to freshen up the starting XI to give Frank Lampard some new perspectives in key positions.

One player who has been rarely seen at Goodison Park but could be a good addition to the side in upcoming games is Ruben Vinagre, a talented left-back who is currently on a season-long loan with the Toffees from Sporting Lisbon.

The former Wolverhampton Wanderers full-back could steal the spot in the starting line-up from Vitaliy Mykolenko after the Ukrainian struggled to make his presence known against Newcastle.

The 23-year-old was one of the worst-rated players on the pitch (6.3) at St James’ Park earlier this week according to SofaScore, and it will come as no surprise when you take a closer look at his performance over the 90 minutes.

The £32k-per-week dud failed to make a single tackle, lost four of his five duels, misplaced all four of his long balls and lost possession every 3.7 touches, so giving Vinagre a chance to prove himself on the left flank could be the correct move for Lampard.

Across 12 appearances last season in his country’s top flight, the Portuguese left-back – who was dubbed “special” by his former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo – delivered one assist, created one big chance and won 51% of his duels, along with making 1.1 tackles and completing 1.3 dribbles per game.

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The 23-year-old has only been given two appearances off the bench in the Premier League so far for Everton, averaging just 15 minutes per game, so he hasn’t really had the opportunity to make his mark on the team as of yet.

With that in mind, Lampard must finally unleash Vinagre in the starting line-up against Crystal Palace this weekend, as the loanee could give a fresh perspective in the full-back role and hopefully inspire a positive result for the Toffees.

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