By Declan Walsh

14th Aug, 2022 | 8:10am

Neil Moxley: Frank Lampard played Everton blinder by signing Conor Coady from Wolves

Sunday People journalist Neil Moxley has hailed Frank Lampard after Everton signed Conor Coady on a loan-to-buy basis from Wolves this week.

Everton announced the 29-year-old England international’s arrival at Goodison Park on Monday (8 August) and he made his debut for the Toffees in their 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday (13 August).

Although Coady’s Everton debut ended in a defeat, Moxley has high hopes for the centre-back, who enjoyed many successful years at Wolves.

Writing in the Sunday People on 14 August (page 54), Moxley said: “Frank Lampard’s played a blinder signing the England international.

“Coady will be a big, solid, sensible voice in the Everton dressing room and, more importantly, a robust leader.

“Wolves will miss him.”

Give him time

It wasn’t exactly a debut to remember for Coady as Everton lost to Aston Villa on Saturday.

However, that doesn’t mean he’ll work out to be a bad signing as the former Wolves captain is bound to flourish at Goodison Park as soon as he’s settled in.

Lampard does have a lot of work to do in order to get a tune out of this Blues side because the display at Villa Park was terrible this weekend.

But he has made some good signings – on paper – and we hope that performances will improve massively once one or two more new faces are brought in and those already at the club have bedded in.

Coady should bring a lot of quality to the Everton defence.

He was a mainstay of Wolves’ back-line before this season, playing in all but one of their Premier League games since promotion in 2017/18 before he was dropped to the bench last week.

He’s been capped by England 10 times too so we really do hope this loan deal goes well and we can sign the defender permanently from Wolves next year.