Everton have found themselves in a vulnerable situation this season and it leaves Frank Lampard will a lot of decisions to make if he manages to secure survival in the Premier League this season.
In terms of the squad, there will likely be many changes at Goodison Park this summer especially when you consider the financial situation the club has found itself in, recording the highest loss in the Premier League over the last three years. As a result, it would make sense for Farhad Moshiri to sell some players.
Many faces have been linked with moves away including star players Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin amid the relegation troubles for the Merseyside club, with other Premier League clubs hoping to capitalise on Everton’s downfall by offering their star men a way out this summer.
With that being said, Lampard must work with the board to identify which players they can afford to let go and which they must keep at any cost to ensure they won’t suffer the same fate next season if they do hold onto top-flight football this summer.
One player who has recently been linked with a move away is Andre Gomes, with Roma reportedly hoping they can snap up the midfielder for around £16m at the end of the season, and it could be a huge opportunity for Lampard to finally axe the Portuguese player.
Since the ex-Chelsea boss arrived at the club, Gomes has only picked up 107 minutes of game time in three Premier League appearances, with the manager favouring Abdoulaye Doucoure, Allan and Donny van de Beek to play in the centre of the pitch.
Even when Allan was suspended, Lampard favoured starting centre-back Mason Holgate in the midfield role which sends a big message to Gomes about his manager’s trust in him to deliver in his role.
The 28-year-old was labelled “poor” and was criticised for “costing his team” his team this season in his performance against Southampton, despite the victory by a local Saints radio pundit (via Paul Brown) and this has been a common theme throughout his twelve league appearances for the Toffees this season.
According to Soccerment, when you compare Gomes to his position competitor Doucoure, it is no wonder that Lampard favours the latter with Gomes unsuccessful in over twice as many tackles as his team-mate, possessing a lower pass accuracy (76.4%) and a lower shot accuracy (16.7%).
Ultimately, if Roma do come in for the £18m-rated flop this summer Lampard should take advantage of boosting funds for the club by selling, especially when it’s clear the manager doesn’t consider the midfielder a starting player in his team.