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Before Everton's Boxing Day showdown, trust in Frank Lampard is on thin ice

Frank Lampard's credibility is in jeopardy before Everton's Boxing Day battle.
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The manager is under immense pressure to right the ship and guides his team away from relegation danger as they prepare for a must-win match against rock-bottom Wolves. Time is of the essence, every second counts in this crucial situation!

After tensions ran high between fans and players, two consecutive defeats at Bournemouth had Everton in hot water. An attempt to soothe the situation saw Jordan Pickford escorted away from conflict, Alex Iwobi generous with his shirt - only for it to be thrown back - and Frank Lampard apologizing on behalf of the team's substandard performance.


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After six weeks of contemplation, it appears the honeymoon is over for Everton manager Frank Lampard. On the south coast recently his team experienced a disappointing form dip that was met with an alarming lack of crowd support - quite a contrast to only 11 months before when hope had been restored amidst grinding disillusionment under Rafael Benítez's leadership.

Last season, the union between club and fan was essential for Premier League survival. Sadly, it took an unraveling at Vitality Stadium to show that even good intentions have limits - now more than ever is the time for Frank Lampard's team to make a swift correction in the form of another fought relegation battle to be avoided. The significance of hosting bottom-of-the-table Wolves on Christmas Day could not be greater before traveling off to Manchester City come to New Year's Eve.


After six weeks of contemplation, the honeymoon is over for Everton manager Frank Lampard

The Everton manager expressed shock at the fan revolt in Bournemouth: "I never could have anticipated such a situation occurring with a football club as passionate about its fans and performance as ours. Last season, 45000 supporters showed up to drive our team against Chelsea - it's incredible how much power our fanbase has. Nevertheless, we must be prepared for any backlash when expectations are not met."

“For success, both players and fans must come together. It's up to the players to boost their energy and intensity levels – a shift that is sure to create an enthusiastic following from supporters who have proved in the past that they are willing and able. Without mutual respect between team members on the field, no victory can be achieved off it.”

Frank Lampard has always been honest about the challenges facing Everton this season, which go beyond just two bad losses at Bournemouth. The far-reaching consequences of Farhad Moshiri's decisions serve as a reminder that it will take more than one transfer window to rebuild and restore patience among passionate fans.


Frank Lampard has always been honest about the challenges facing Everton this season

Everton's current form could not be further from expectations, having suffered five defeats in the last seven league games and finding themselves just above relegation. To make matters worse for fans who have had to endure two long round trips totaling 1,000 miles within five days - Conor Coady is ineligible to play against his parent club come to Boxing Day. Last season's top scorer Richarlison was sold while too much faith was placed on Dominic Calvert-Lewin as he recovered from injury; Neal Maupay being their only summer striking addition doing little justice by way of reinforcement.

According to Lampard of Cunha, "We were quite aware of the player." “He's a genuinely intriguing player, but the competition is fierce, and Wolves, to their credit, have chosen to pursue him. It wasn't a parameter we had to work under since everyone needs to operate within various constraints.”

"Finding the appropriate players to assist us right now is not simple, but it is our duty and recruitment's role to do so. Do we require assistance at the pitch's upper end? Yes. We're aware of that completely. However, it is difficult to accomplish because January is a challenging market. We will consider both loans and purchases, in my opinion, but I prefer players who will advance the team rather than merely fill up the roster. They must come and assist us.”

Frenkie Tran
Written by: Frenkie Tran
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Premier League
Overall table PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1 Arsenal 50 19 16 2 1 45 16 29
2 Man City 45 20 14 3 3 53 20 33
3 Newcastle 39 20 10 9 1 33 11 22
4 Man Utd 39 20 12 3 5 32 25 7
5 Tottenham 36 21 11 3 7 40 31 9
6 Brighton 31 19 9 4 6 37 27 10
7 Fulham 31 21 9 4 8 32 30 2
8 Brentford 30 20 7 9 4 32 28 4
9 Liverpool 29 19 8 5 6 34 25 9
10 Chelsea 29 20 8 5 7 22 21 1
11 Aston Villa 28 20 8 4 8 23 27 -4
12 Crystal Palace 24 20 6 6 8 18 27 -9
13 Nottm Forest 21 20 5 6 9 16 35 -19
14 Leicester 18 20 5 3 12 28 35 -7
15 Leeds 18 19 4 6 9 26 33 -7
16 West Ham 18 20 5 3 12 17 25 -8
17 Wolverhampton 17 20 4 5 11 12 30 -18
18 Bournemouth 17 20 4 5 11 19 42 -23
19 Everton 15 20 3 6 11 15 28 -13
20 Southampton 15 20 4 3 13 17 35 -18