Is Frank Lampard the Man for Everton?

Frank Lampard looks to be one of the leading contender’s for the managerial position currently vacant at Everton Football Club.

With fans outraged over Moshiri’s desire to appoint the Portuguese ex-Fenerbahçe coach, Vitor Pereira, could Lampard be a worthy consideration for the Toffee’s job and would the Everton faithful accept him?

No one can take away the sheer brilliance of Frank Lampard as a football player, but what is Frank Lampard like as a manager?

Frank Lampard – The Manager

His debut season at Derby County put Frank Lampard on the managerial shortlist for some of the biggest teams in Europe.

In the 18/19 season, Lampard led the Rams to a 6th place finish, which put Derby County in the Championship play-off position.

After beating Leeds United in the semi-final, Lampard’s Derby were defeated by Aston Villa in what was an enthralling 2-1 Play-off Final.

His time at Derby earned Lampard a call-up by Roman Abramovich to take on the Chelsea Job.

Frank had a turbulent two seasons with Chelsea. Lampard lost his opening game to Manchester United 4-0, the biggest defeat for any Chelsea manager in their first match since Danny Blanchflower in 1978.

Lampard ultimately guided the blues to a 4th place finish in the 19/20 season, only just losing out to silverware in a 2-1 FA Cup Final defeat to Arsenal.

Regardless, his dismissal in January of 2021, the following season, caused by poor results, left a stain on the 43 year-olds managerial career.

Keen eye for Recognising Talent

So why should Everton even consider Frank Lampard?

Because Frank Lampard has a keen eye for recruiting top talents.

Mason Mount has been his biggest success. Having signed the midfielder on loan back in his Derby days and then deploying Mount again at Chelsea, the English International has flourished under the guidance of Lampard.

Lampard has also been praised for giving Chelsea graduates Reece James and Billy Gilmour their opportunities in the side. Two players who have gone on to be integral players at their respective clubs.

His signings at Chelsea in the summer of 2020 have also paid dividends for the blues since his departure. Players like Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Édouard Mendy have all become regulars in the Chelsea side, going on the win the Champions League in 2021.

Lampard clearly knows talent when he sees it.

Style of Play 

Lampard prefers a possession-based approach to his game and looks to add width to his attacks. Predominantly selecting a 4-3-3 formation, Lampard likes to set up his teams in a way that overloads the opposition defence, opting for penetrative runs by the midfielders, and encouraging overlapping play by the wingbacks.

Lampard likes his teams on the ball and dominating games. His sides are aggressive and look to play ambitious passing sequences to create chances.

My Thoughts

As potential managerial appointees go, this certainly wouldn’t be the worst.

I would be willing to give Frank Lampard his fair shot. His record at Derby and successes at Chelsea are encouraging and something for Lampard to build upon.

I hope he’s learned through past mistakes that he should only bring players in who fit his particular system. Timo Werner turned out to be a colossal flop for Chelsea under Lampard because it didn’t fit his style of play.

If Frank Lampard can iron out these issues, the ex-Chelsea boss has enormous potential to do great things at Everton Football Club.

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