It’s safe to say that Everton are on a shocking run of form, and it could be argued the winter break came at the wrong time, as they have had to sit and stew on three straight losses, including back-to-back defeats in league and cup.
However, they couldn’t have likely asked for a better first fixture back into club football as they welcome Wolves, who are rock bottom of the Premier League, in what will be regarded as a must-win clash for Lampard.
But the prospect of failing to beat the worst team in the league at home has left O’Keeffe with the impression that pressure will grow on Everton boss Lampard with defeat.
He said: “Let’s be honest, the pressure on him as well is going to begin to build if Everton go out and lose on Boxing Day at Goodison Park, first time back, [to] go out and lose to the bottom team in the table…
“I hope they don’t and I don’t think they will, but could you imagine getting a negative result in that game in terms of the question marks about him?”
Do you still have faith in Lampard?
TIF Thoughts on Lampard’s situation…
While many may point to the fact Lampard kept Everton up last season and has been dealt cruel blows in terms of losing Richarlison and being unable to call upon the injury-prone Dominic Calvert-Lewin, the reality is that the Toffees haven’t progressed under him.
When he took over from Rafael Benitez in January, the Toffees were sat in 16th and four points above the bottom three, and ended up finishing the same amount of points above the relegation zone last campaign, while they are now just a single point and place above the dreaded drop.
Therefore, if Everton were to taste defeat at home to the worst-ranked side in the Premier League, there would surely be outcries from the Goodison Park faithful towards a manager that spent £67m over the summer to put his mark on the club.