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Everton: Lampard can replace Dele Alli with Charlie Whitaker

Everton are in an extremely vulnerable position in the Premier League with just five games left in the season with the side findings themselves two points deep into the relegation zone.

If Frank Lampard does continue his role as manager at Goodison Park no matter the outcome, big changes have to be made to the current team and lessons must be learnt from the transfer disasters of the past.

One of the biggest transfer disasters this season was the signing of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli on Deadline Day, who was dubbed an “utter waste of time” by talkSPORT pundit Simon Jordan and he has ultimately gone on to do absolutely nothing at Goodison Park since the day he was snapped up.

In a deal believed to be worth up to £30m depending on several different clauses, Lampard made his first huge mistake with Alli only making nine appearances putting out a game-time average of 24 minutes per appearance, with no goals or assists.

With that being said, the Toffees boss should be looking for other options to deploy in his time and could save millions if he promotes Charlie Whitaker to the senior team this summer, giving the golden opportunity to a youngster who has been impressing the people that matter at the club.

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Everton U23’s coach David Unsworth hailed the youngster as “sensational” heaping praise for his progression in the youth system.

“He has played out wide, he has played up-front, but we have tried to play him as a second striker,” Unsworth began.

“Not a number 10 – a second-striker – because his game is naturally dropping into spaces where you want a number 10. We have tried to get someone up there with him and he has been sensational. He is a great trainer, great to work with and a great lad.”

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The 18-year-old gem has found the back of the net five times and assisted once in Premier League 2 this season, and has featured once in the senior team with an opportunity on the bench back in October in the draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford under Rafa Benitez.

With Unsworth’s comments highlighting the diversity in attacking positions Whitaker can cover it will surely give Lampard something to think about at the end of the season when the fate is sealed on the club’s future in top-flight football and the youngster could find his opportunity to follow in the footsteps of fellow academy player Anthony Gordon.

AND in other news: Everton given green light to sign “undefendable” £50m gem, it’s bye-bye Richarlison

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