Frank Lampard must experiment with Everton squad v Arsenal for next season
Everton can finally begin their plans for the new season after they were able to secure safety and their Premier League status in midweek.
The Toffees came from 2-0 down to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 at Goodison Park to take them beyond either Leeds and Burnley in the race against the drop, meaning Lampard has succeeded in what he wanted to do when he first arrived.
With one game left of the season, with the team heading down to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, there is minimal pressure on a result. That means there is space for the boss to provide opportunities to fringe players.
The game against Palace turned on it’s head when Dele Alli came on and added more attacking impetus to the side, with his aggression and drive help the team push higher up the pitch.
But since his move from Spurs in January he is yet to start a single game for the club. Pressure has been high and expectation for him has been tough to manage, but he came good when the club needed him too.
He deserves to be rewarded by Lampard with a show of faith and a chance to show that he can be part of the squad for next season, where the boss will build a side to compete far higher up the table than they did this year.
The same goes for plenty of others in the squad, who haven’t been afforded a lot of opportunity to show their talents because of the situation the club has been in.
Andre Gomes has started the last two games and performed well in midfield, but his involvement was forced upon Lampard because of injuries and tactics, but his future is up in the air.
Michael Keane came clutch with goals in recent games, but he was shaky too during the run-in and had his future at the club called into question.
Tom Davies hasn’t featured due to injury, but has returned to the substitutes bench in recent games and could feature in the final game while the likes of Jonjoe Kenny, Allan and even Anwar El Ghazi could get a run out too.
But Lampard has a chance to see his players perform in a game situation to make a final decision on their futures.
The transfer window will be important for a rebuild, with the club desperate to strengthen, but not everyone can leave and not everyone will be able to be replaced. So the boss must make a decision on who’s worth keeping around.
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