Everton manager Frank Lampard is taking a “massive gamble” by expecting his team to do the basics to get them out of trouble, according to journalist Dean Jones.
Lampard has struggled since arriving at Goodison Park in January, and the Toffees are now in serious danger of dropping into the Championship.
Have Everton been able to do the basics this season?
Not on a consistent basis.
The Premier League outfit have won just eight league games all season, and only three since the turn of the year.
It has appeared that some of the players have not been working hard enough at times or just making simple errors, while discipline has also been a major issue.
Lampard’s men had players sent off in three consecutive matches against Wolves, Newcastle and West Ham, which has not helped their cause.
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What has Jones said about Lampard’s Everton?
Everton currently find themselves two points from safety, with just six games left to play.
Jones thinks Lampard is hoping his team can survive thanks to their hard work and ability to do the simple things well, which is a risky strategy.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Jones said: “Frank Lampard is relying heavily on players running through brick walls for him, basically doing the basics, as he says himself, and then hoping they can produce moments of quality. It’s a massive gamble. At this stage of the season, that is massive gamble to hope that that can pay off.”
Can Everton stay up by simply working harder?
There were some positive signs in Everton’s latest outing against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby.
Everton looked to defend deep and hit their local rivals on the counter, and for the first hour it worked as they frustrated their opponents.
Liverpool eventually produced a couple of moments of class to win the match 2-0, but the application of Everton’s players could not be faulted.
If they can perform like that in their remaining six matches, they will give themselves a decent chance of staying in the top-flight.
However, if they revert back to making silly mistakes and losing their discipline, they will find it difficult to pick up the necessary points to avoid the drop.