Everton will take on Tottenham Hotspur this evening and Frank Lampard should be seizing the opportunity to capitalise on Antonio Conte’s inconsistent side by stealing all three points in an important victory away from home.
Spurs have lost three of their last five games, so the ex-Chelsea boss will have a glimmer of hope in securing the points in London this evening, despite Everton’s relegation form and the side only picking up one win away from home all season.
To give the club the best chance of picking up points and pulling away from the relegation zone in tonight’s clash, Lampard must pick his best players for the challenge.
Despite his tendencies to favour an approach that rewards players with consecutive starts after good performances which we saw him do with Alex Iwobi after Leeds United, the Toffees boss must not make the same mistakes with his selection later by keeping Salomon Rondon in the starting line-up due to his goals against Boreham Wood in the FA Cup last week.
The 28k-per-week dud who was labelled a “problem” by former Everton player Michael Ball, scored two goals against National League side, Boreham Wood at Goodison Park last Thursday in a victory that has taken the Toffees into the quarter-finals of the domestic competition.
Despite the 32 year old’s fantastic efforts against the non-league side, it does not mean that Lampard should give the striker the opportunity ahead of others against Tottenham this evening, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Demarai Gray potentially returning to the side.
Therefore, the Toffees boss should not be sentimental in selection and be objective about who has the right profile and talent for the game ahead of the team.
Rondon made eight Premier League starts under Rafa Benitez and has made 14 appearances in total, with just one goal overall and only two minutes of league football since the new manager’s arrival on Deadline Day. Based on his dismal form, supporters will surely love to see him on the bench, rather than leading the line.
Other than his goal-scoring performance in the FA Cup a few days ago he has given no indication that he deserves to start over or replace any other forward player in the regular starting line up.
Everton need to cause an upset at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium tonight by going back to Merseyside with all three points. Lampard and his squad are running out of lifelines to keep them out of the drop zone, just one point from potentially getting relegated this season, so every game counts in the few remaining months.
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