Everton appointing Frank Lampard as their new manager has been described as a “bit of a gamble” by journalist Paul Brown.
Lampard officially took over at Goodison Park on the final day of January as he replaced Rafael Benitez at the helm.
How has Lampard fared at Everton so far?
The 43-year-old made the dream start as he guided the Toffees to a convincing 4-1 win against Brentford in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
His side were brought crashing back down to earth just three days later, though, as they were beaten 3-1 by Newcastle.
They bounced back from that defeat to cruise past Leeds, only to lose their next two league games without scoring a goal against Southampton and Manchester City.
A confidence-boosting victory over Boreham Wood on Thursday saw Everton book their place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, where they will face Crystal Palace.
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What has Brown said about Lampard?
With Everton involved in a relegation battle, Brown has admitted that he has some doubts about Lampard’s approach working in this situation.
When asked about the style that he has seen Lampard look to implement to date, Brown told GIVEMESPORT: “Very reminiscent of Chelsea. The way Lampard likes to play, I always thought was risky for Everton in the situation they’re in. He wants to be a front foot, high-tempo, pressing manager who has a go at teams. That’s all very well in some games, but in others is a bit of a gamble.”
Can Lampard keep Everton up with his current approach?
Lampard’s philosophy has brought mixed results so far. His team delivered extremely positive displays against Brentford and Leeds, while also pushing City all the way last weekend.
However, they were very underwhelming in their games against Newcastle and Southampton, and deservedly ended up on the wrong end of those scorelines.
It is clear that the main issue at Everton right now is consistency. If Lampard can get his side to play like they did in their wins over Brentford and Leeds regularly, they should avoid the drop with something to spare.
On the flip side, if they replicate their performances at Newcastle and Southampton, they could be in serious danger of getting relegated in May.