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Everton: Chris Sutton questions Frank Lampard comments after recent defeat

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BBC pundit Chris Sutton has questioned Everton manager Frank Lampard after his comments following the club’s recent defeat.

It feels as if the break for the 2022 World Cup has come just in time for the Toffees as they struggle for form. This was highlighted over the past week’s damaging setbacks.

Indeed, Everton played Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup and Premier League, with Lampard’s side comprehensively beaten on both occasions, conceding seven goals and scoring just one across the two matches.

Speaking after the most recent defeat, Lampard admitted to the press that ‘nothing was good enough’ and claimed that the Cherries ‘had more desire’ than his players.

While speaking about those quotes on BBC Radio 5’s 606, Sutton expressed his concern over the manager’s stance. After seeing Everton losing with a weakened squad in the cup, the pundit said: “The onus, then, is more on the team to win today [Saturday], isn’t it?

“Because, you know, this was his strongest XI. And to see such a questionable performance, and then to talk about a lack of desire – in Frank’s own words after the game – that’s something to worry about, right?

He added: “Just playing devil’s advocate, is it not the manager’s job to get the most out of the players?”

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After that loss, Everton will now spend Christmas Day just one point and one place above Nottingham Forest, who sit in the bottom three of the Premier League.

Evidently, things have not been going well for Lampard of late and he will need to find a way to galvanise his team in the second half of the season – if he isn’t sacked before then.

Indeed, fans berated the Everton players as well as the manager at full-time when they went over to show gratitude for their support, suggesting that patience is really starting to wear thin with regard to Lampard.

The admission that his players didn’t have enough desire to win their most recent game certainly does not bode well for his future.

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