Everton dressing room changes dramatically after Bournemouth stuffing - Graeme Souness
Graeme Souness believes the dynamic of the Everton dressing room could be in tatters after their 3-0 stuffing to Bournemouth last weekend.
Following a 4-1 midweek loss in the Carabao Cup, Frank Lampard was rolled over by the same opponents in quite embarrassing style, condemning Everton to their sixth defeat in eight games.
Souness, speaking live on talkSPORT (14 November) with Jim White and Simon Jordan, expressed his disturbing opinions on Lampard after The Toffees fell to 17th in the league – and just one point above the relegation zone.
He said: “When you get beat 4-1 and you have to go back there a few days later, you expect there to be some real fight. And they got rolled over again.
“Okay Bournemouth were very good, but it wasn’t a difficult win for Bournemouth in either game. That’s a concern. Because you look for a reaction from your players.
“When you get stuffed, when you get properly beaten, you’re looking across and you’re harsh on them. Maybe the dynamic of the dressing room has changed dramatically, maybe you have to ask them to try harder rather than demand it.
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“No (no sense of what they’re building). That’s a worry.”
However troubling Everton’s 2021/22 season got with the threat of relegation and a short stint at the club for Rafa Benitez, this could quite possibly be a new low.
For Lampard, the 4-1 defeat in midweek was somewhat excusable as he shuffled his pack and made a number of personnel changes. The 3-0 defeat in the league though saw the Everton fans finally turn on the team in spectacular fashion, hurling abuse and rude gestures at the players when they went over to the travelling support.
Stewards had to step between the fans and players, with Alex Iwobi’s top even being thrown back onto the pitch after the midfielder gave it to a fan upon the final whistle.
With disturbing scenes such as these becoming more and more common for Lampard’s men, his position in the Goodison dugout may have come to a close.
It will now surely be challenging for Everton to ignore the media clamour that is surrounding Lampard. A change could well be on the cards.