By Andrew Maddox

27th Jun, 2022 | 9:30am

Everton star Andros Townsend praises Frank Lampard for the handling of the squad after his arrival

Everton winger Andros Townsend has credited manager Frank Lampard for how he turned the morale of the squad around live on TalkSport.

The Chelsea legend arrived at Goodison Park at the end of January and eventually guided the club to survival.

Appearing on TalkSport, Townsend praised Lampard for how he handled the squad and shared his optimism for the new season.

“When Frank came in, he inherited a broken squad,” he said. “We were mentally broken.

“We could not get out of that losing mentality, that losing run. We could not shake it off.

“He has seen which players he can trust, he has seen which players he can’t, he’s seen which players are mentally up for the battle and he knows what he needs going into the summer.”

Townsend is right to be optimistic

The comments made by Townsend were intriguing, but he is absolutely right to be optimistic.

A successful relegation battle always exposes which players are and are not up to the challenge of a battle and can provide a manager great insight as to where they can improve.

Look at how Brighton reacted to their 16th-placed finish and narrow survival in 2021.

While they did lose Ben White and sold Dan Burn midseason, they brought in the likes of Enock Mwepu and Marc Cucurella to upgrade the team.

Graham Potter worked on his team’s striking over the summer to help them finally find a scoring touch and record a top-half finish.

Like Brighton, Everton will likely lose their star man in Richarlison this summer, but they will be able to reinvest into the starting line-up.

Lampard has already improved the defence after agreeing a deal with former Burnley defender James Tarkowski.

Now he is looking to the midfield, currently being locked in discussions with Tottenham over Harry Winks and being linked with Georginio Wijnaldum.

Everton will need a steady season to recover from last season, but the signs are there that Lampard will be given the freedom he needs to change things.