Frank Lampard will probably be delighted with how far his crew have come because the troublesome relegation scrap on the backside of the desk earlier this 12 months and the eight new signings have definitely contributed to the new-found consistency within the crew.
Regardless of having much less possession (46%) and fewer pictures on purpose, Everton displayed their resilience and high quality within the moments when it was wanted probably the most towards Ralph Hasenhuttl’s facet on Saturday afternoon.
It was a quiet first half within the recreation at St Mary’s with neither facet discovering the purpose wanted to interrupt the stalemate. Nevertheless, within the second half each groups got here to life with the Toffees delivering a comeback that has led them to eleventh within the Premier League desk.
Joe Aribo discovered the primary purpose to offer the house crew the lead within the early phases of the second half, however it wasn’t lengthy earlier than Conor Coady discovered the equaliser within the 52nd minute shortly adopted up by a winner from Dwight McNeil simply two minutes later.
There was one participant although who proved to the Everton supervisor that Dominic Calvert-Lewin can’t come again quickly sufficient, as Neal Maupay discovered life troublesome all through the conflict with Southampton.
Over his 89 minute look, the previous Brighton and Hove Albion striker misplaced the ball each 2.8 touches, made simply 15 passes and failed to finish a single dribble try, proving that he didn’t supply sufficient when in possession of the ball.
The Frenchman has had a difficult begin to life at Goodison Park, scoring simply as soon as to this point within the win over West Ham earlier than the worldwide break. Within the two matches both facet of that, nonetheless, he has been disappointing, successful simply 37.5% of his bodily duels, a horrible tally for somebody normally such a bullish buyer up prime.
Certainly, one Saints author summed up his efforts on Saturday fairly aptly, taking to Twitter through the recreation to say: “Maupay for Everton works arduous however doesn’t supply a lot else at ahead.”
Everton will tackle some troublesome fixtures over the month forward, dealing with each Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur subsequent, so Lampard will probably be hoping that his crew can proceed their momentum and assured run within the league by inflicting upsets in each.
With that being stated, Calvert-Lewin’s return couldn’t come at a greater time for Lampard, particularly as Maupay appears to be missing menace in entrance of purpose. That stated, it stays to be seen if the Englishman will probably be match and obtainable for choice as he didn’t seem on the bench yesterday.