By Dave Downie
Everton and the term “false dawns” have sadly been synonymous through years of what we’ve all thought are going to be something we’ve craved for decades.
It’s been even more frustrating and emotionally draining having what we expected to be the right tools in place since Farhad Moshiri entered the saga, now more than six years ago.
Each substantial change; a new signing, another manager, boardroom alterations, have all brought about fruitless optimism.
Is this an article where I’m going to delve into a realm of positivity that many of our listeners here on The Blue Room would often criticise me of barely ever mentioning?
Well, to the surprise of many, I’d say it is. But it comes with a caveat. Perhaps you’ll allow me to indulge? Here goes…
The appointment of Frank Lampard was a bold decision, made by an owner that has repeatedly put his foot into situations were he really ought to have allowed other people with the aptitude and credentials to work in, without his meddling.
However, ironically, it worked by the skin of both his and the club’s teeth, following that faithful night against Crystal Palace. Has Moshiri and his colleagues finally taken heed? I’m not willing to go that far, but as the summer transfer window slowly moves towards its dying embers in August, support for Lampard and his squad have (cautiously for me) started to mould into something that appears to be effective – the priority being without spending like a child with their parents’ credit card in a toy shop.
I think and hope the season opener at home to Chelsea will resemble something that’s barely familiar to us at the beginning of September. Of course the elephant in the room at this time of writing remains to be a striker. In an ideal world, that would be a couple of them, but I doubt restrictions will allow for that unless the loan market could be as kind as it was during 2013.
Fans as cynical as myself would usually take such glowing comments made by our latest recruits about Lampard in the highest esteem in which he’s held in football, as akin to water off a duck’s back, but I’m very much on board with their faith in the Everton manager and I believe in what they’ve said.
Whilst I think it’s very easy to speak so highly of Lampard and what he’s achieved in football, how that converts to management is something that is yet to be fully revealed. But what the new recruits have proven is the lure he has; Onana & Coady in recent days have proven that.
The coming days searching for a striker is the ultimate test at Goodison. Personally I think the difference is between a repeated relegation fight or relative comfort in the Premier League table. I would go as far as saying that the effective business done across the current window will be undermined should we not acquire a marksman.
To finish, for Lampard I think his bravery to take on our club both in the woeful situation earlier this year and the sheer amount of seemingly endless work that’s required is a testament to his resolve and work ethic. The man has earned the right to run this club as he sees fit – let’s hope that unlike his predecessors, the clarity and brevity from those above him are not part of another damning post-mortem we’ve repeatedly had to endure.