Everton had one of their worst campaigns in the Premier League this season embroiled in a relegation fight throughout and now Frank Lampard has the chance to repair the issues and make positive changes to improve their situation during the summer transfer window.
The Toffees boss did make two signings on the same day that he arrived at Goodison Park on Deadline Day with Dele Alli and Donny van de Beek joining the Merseyside club, but the pair have made little impact since their arrival.
Van de Beek was only brought in on a loan spell and will now return to Manchester United following the appointment of his former Ajax manager Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford so there was nothing to lose for Everton. On the other hand, Alli was brought in on a permanent deal.
The Toffees signed the midfielder from Tottenham Hotspur with a number of performance-related clauses worth up to £40m put in place that would dictate what the club would pay in a transfer fee, but the terms of that deal are now up in the air as he has only made 11 appearances so far with no goals or assists.
During those 11 appearances, the 26-year-old who was dubbed a “waste of space” by Simon Jordan has only averaged 29 minutes per appearance so it is clear that Lampard doesn’t see him as a key player in his plans for Everton going forward.
With that being said, the club has been linked with Conor Gallagher due to his relationship with Lampard who worked with the player during his time as the manager at Chelsea, and the young midfielder would be without a doubt a huge upgrade on Alli.
The £50m ace who was hailed as “Kante with goals” by Tony Cascarino has had a phenomenal breakthrough Premier League season on loan at Crystal Palace scoring eight times and contributing five assists in all competitions, but it’s not just his attacking threat that has seen the youngster become a standout player this season.
Gallagher has created five big chances, made 1.1 key passes, 51.6 touches and 2 tackles on average per game, as well as successfully completing the majority of his dribbles (57%) and a 90% pass accuracy in his own half, proving that he is a huge presence in the centre of the pitch and dominates in his position.
If the Toffees’ manager could convince Chelsea and the 22-year-old that joining Everton would be a great next step for his career, it would be a major coup for Everton and would add a great fresh perspective on the advanced midfield role that Alli has failed to impact in.