By Joe Ellis

20th Jan, 2022 | 8:40am

Journo details three key weaknesses of Lampard amid Everton talks

Everton are continuing their search for a new manager having sacked Rafael Benitez and former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is one of the names linked.

The 43-year-old enjoyed a win percentage of over 50% during his two years managing Chelsea and took Derby County to the Championship playoffs the season before.

According to The Times, Lampard is set to be interviewed for the manager’s position at Goodison Park soon as Duncan Ferguson is in caretaker charge.

Sam Inkersole, Chelsea writer for Football London, has outlined what he believes are the key weaknesses in Lampard’s preferred tactical system.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Inkersole said: “Breaking through Lampard’s first line of defence, which would have been Jorginho, would often leave his back four terribly exposed, especially as Chelsea would often revert to a 2-4-3-1 in possession.

“A quick turnover in possession left the Blues extremely open to be countered.

“The high-intensity style of Lampard often saw players knackered pretty quickly which would lead to mistakes.

“Also – set-pieces. That was a major area of concern for Chelsea defensively, they shipped 15 goals from set-pieces while he was in charge, not really sticking with either a man-marking approach or a zonal marking one, either.”

Too many flaws?

Lampard may seem like a trendy pick as the next Everton manager, but caution has to be taken to make sure he is the right man for the job.

Too often in recent years, managers have left Goodison Park far earlier than the fans or the board would have liked and they don’t want a repeat of that with the next boss.

But if these weaknesses were to prove true, then Lampard simply couldn’t keep the job very long and Everton would find themselves back at square one again.

An attacking style of play is exactly what Toffees fans want in fairness but it can’t be at the expense of defending which has been the main cause for concern for Everton this season.

Ferguson will take charge of this weekend’s game against Aston Villa and if his defence looks solid and they can create chances going forward, then he should be the manager at least until the summer.

In other Everton news, Louis Saha is adamant that his former teammate would be the perfect man for the job at Goodison Park.