Jamie Carragher believes Frank Lampard will be safe Everton this season after building a rapport with the fans, while predicting them to be safe from relegation.
Lampard joined the Toffees in January last season and ultimately managed to save them from relegation with one game to spare, and this season has made them defensively solid.
But they still sit just two points above the relegation zone following defeat to Leicester on Saturday (5 November) but insisted that Lampard should be able to keep them in the Premier League again, although he feels midfield is a big problem with Idrissa Gueye labelled as an obvious weak link.
“I think what he says is right there,” he said on The Overlap (8 November).
“It’s brilliant for the league as it is now. Everything is so tight. There’s no team sort of marooned at the bottom, or a Man City six points clear at the top. It’s really tight and it can make a real difference.
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“Where Everton find themselves right now, because of their loss at the weekend (vs Leicester) is a bit worrying when you look at the league table.
“But the thing when you look at all those teams near the bottom, they’ve either all changed or want to change their manager. They’re not happy, if you like.
“The great thing Frank’s done is he’s built a connection and a rapport with the supporters. There’s something there, where nobody is pointing the finger at Frank.
“I think that sort of fit together, on the back of last season, I don’t think you’ll get to the situation you were last season. But I still think you’ll be there or thereabouts.
“I think midfield is a problem for you. Yeah. Idrissa Gueye.”
The biggest difference between Everton this season and last season is the fact that there is a united feeling at the club across the board.
The fans are firmly behind the team and there is a clear idea on where the club needs to go to improve, with adding goals to the side an obvious improvement that is needed right now.
With Southampton sacking Ralph Hasenhuttl, Wolves sacking Bruno Lage and Bournemouth already sacking Scott Parker this season, and Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper being under big pressure, it seems odd that Lampard isn’t.
But the fans and Lampard are really together right now and pushing the club forward, and despite their current position nobody is panicking yet.
Performances are strong, it’s just a lack of goals, and with the January window coming there is a chance to fix that. If they don’t though, it could be a very different conversation in 2023.