Frank McAvennie has claimed that Everton will stay in the Premier League this season despite the disappointing start under new manager Frank Lampard.
The Lowdown: Lampard’s start at Everton
The 43-year-old took over the reins at Everton on January’s transfer deadline day, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2024.
The former Chelsea manager has now been in charge for seven games and has seen mixed results during his short tenure at Goodison Park.
The Toffees have performed well in the FA Cup, beating Brentford 4-1 in the fourth round, before progressing to the quarter-finals with victory over non-league side Boreham Wood last week.
However, it is not the same story in the Premier League, where Everton have lost three of Lampard’s four games as manager. As a result, the Blues sit in 17th place, just one point ahead of Burnley, going into tonight’s clash away to Tottenham.
The Latest: McAvennie’s Everton claim…
Despite Everton’s hugely worrying league form, McAvennie is confident that the Toffees will avoid relegation.
Speaking with Football Insider, the pundit claimed: “There is no doubt in my mind Everton will stay up. They have some very good players there, they just need to get them all on the pitch at the same time.
“There are some real quality players there and they have two games in hand on Burnley don’t forget. Win both of those and they are laughing. I know that is easier said than done but I think they can do it.
“You also look at the teams around them. Leeds are tumbling and Norwich already look gone. So even if Everton don’t win, there are other teams who also aren’t winning.
“They have some huge games coming up but I’m absolutely convinced Everton will stay up.”
The Verdict: Crucial few months for Everton…
The upcoming few weeks will be crucial to the outcome of Everton and the effects it will have over the forthcoming years.
Impressively, the Toffees follow Arsenal with the longest pedigree in the top flight, having been in the first tier since the 1954/55 season. However, that enviable statistic is currently under threat, as Lampard’s side fight it out to avoid dropping to the Championship.
Everton travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium tonight in a crucial clash as the Merseyside club hope to capitalise on their three games in hand over 16th-placed Leeds, who have lost five of their last six Premier League matches.
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