By Azeem Siddiqui

4th Aug, 2022 | 11:00pm

Everton need ‘a lot more’ signings to avoid trouble next season - Don Hutchison

Former Everton midfielder Don Hutchison believes that Frank Lampard’s job is at risk ahead of the start of the next Premier League campaign.  

The 44-year-old replaced Rafa Benitez as the manager of the Toffees in January earlier this year, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal [Sky Sports].

Hutchison, while talking to ESPN FC on August 3, suggested that the Merseyside club will have to make more signings to convince him that they will not be in trouble in the upcoming season.

“As much as I want Everton and Lampard to do well, I think it is Frank [Lampard],” he said when asked about the most under pressure manager to start the season in the Premier League.

“It depends on how they start the season. They have a tough opening game at Goodison against Chelsea. They would like to get something from that game.

“It also depends on how Everton wants to be as a club. They would like to be in the same conversation as West Ham, battling for sixth and seventh. Currently, they are a mile off that.

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“Tarkowski is a good signing. McNeil scored the other day in the friendly match and can do well. However, they need a lot more in order to convince me.”

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Lampard joined Everton with a point to prove. After leaving his boyhood club Chelsea on a sour note, the former England international wanted to prove to the Chelsea board his credentials as a top manager.

Joining the Merseyside club at a time when they were four points above the relegation zone was a huge task. However, he managed to keep the Toffees in the English top-flight as they finished sixteenth in the table.

However, if a club has escaped relegation, it must need an overhaul in the transfer window. Unfortunately for Lampard, nothing like that has happened as of now. The Toffees have only signed three players this summer — James Tarkowski, Ruben Vinagre, and Dwight McNeil.

Considering Everton’s situation, signing three players would never be enough to guarantee Premier League safety let alone a finish in the top half of the table.

Therefore, the board must make full use of the remainder of the transfer window and give some sort of encouragement to the fans and the manager.