Everton must avoid Alli mistake with Lingard
Having only avoided the drop in the final week of the 2021/22 campaign, Everton are now plotting to try to avoid a similar story next season, with the opening of the transfer window offering manager Frank Lampard the chance to radically change his team.
The past few days have already seen confirmation that a handful of players will be heading for the exit door, following the expiration of their contracts, although at present there has been relative inaction regarding concerns entries, although soon to be free. agent James Tarkowski a name that has been heavily linked with a move to Goodison Park.
Should Everton sign Lingard?
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Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard is another figure who has also appeared on the radar recently. The Englishman is also set to be available for free this summer, with the Red Devils recently confirming his imminent departure from Old Trafford.
The 29-year-old has endured a torrid campaign at his parent club after impressing on loan at West Ham United during the 2020/21 season, making just two Premier League starts under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick combined in what s turned out to be another lost year in Manchester.
After reinvigorating his career with the Hammers – where he provided nine goals and four assists in just 16 games – the decision not to leave the Theater of Dreams on a permanent contract last summer backfired, the produced United for youngsters being out of the England count again in what is a pivotal World Cup year.
A host of clubs – such as the Toffees – are set to battle for his signature in the coming months, while hoping he can replicate the form he showed both at the London Stadium and in previous years with United. .
However, amid talk that he could demand up to £180,000-a-week – having apparently been £80,000-a-week at United – it raises the question of whether it is wise for Lampard and co to pursue the job. ‘OK. , especially for a player who has only reached 20 top-flight starts once in his career – that in the 2017/18 season.
Any deal would also apparently reflect the decision to bring in Dele Alli in January, with the 26-year-old joining in a first free transfer deal from Tottenham Hotspur – although the fee could reach up to £30million on the basis of a number of performance-related factors.
Barely six months into his stint, it has already been suggested that the former MK Dons man could be moved on this summer, having failed to make any sort of mark so far, only earning a only league start for the Merseyside side in 2021. /22 campaign.
Once dubbed ‘one of the best in Europe’ by former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, the former wonderkid has suffered a real career dip in recent seasons, with a return to the international fold under Gareth Southgate which now seems distant.
Do Everton and Lampard really want to grapple with another declining player at Lingard?
Yes, he’s already been called a ‘nightmare’ by Ryan Giggs for his thrilling talent, but he’s only managed to show flickers of his quality for the past four years or so, with the Toffees simply unable to allow another costly mistake.
Owner Farhad Moshiri has previously stressed that the club have spent recklessly in recent years, but must learn from previous mistakes and not pay above the odds – this time in wages – for a player who has rarely produced goods consistently.
The club – and Lampard – can be forgiven for thinking they could resurrect Alli’s career, but they will have nowhere to go if they repeat their mistake with Lingard.
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