Everton could be flirting with relegation for the second season in a row if they don’t recruit well, say Graeme Souness and Simon Jordan.
The Toffees suffered their second defeat in as many games as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at Aston Villa on Saturday, and have been unable to shake off last campaign’s poor performances which saw them avoid the drop by just four points.
But Everton boss Frank Lampard was optimistic following the game at Villa Park, stating his side would ‘get better very quickly’ after his team had got used to playing together.
However, for talkSPORT’s Souness and Jordan, whilst they commended his outlook, Lampard’s side could be fighting for survival for the second season in a row.
“Well he has to be positive,” former Liverpool midfielder Souness said on Monday’s White and Jordan show.
“It is only two games, the players will not be up to speed yet. He has to talk a good game, nothing wrong with that.”
The Merseyside outfit are missing striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin due to injury and are currently playing without an out-and-out No. 9 following Richarlison’s move to Tottenham.
Meanwhile, centre-back Yerry Mina is out until further notice with an ankle injury.
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And Souness believes Lampard could get a sense of deja vu from last season should he be unable to bring in the players he needs to ease the burden of injuries already put on them this campaign.
“It’s going to be a difficult job,” Souness added. “I see Mina’s out again for a period of time, Calvert-Lewin out for a period of time. He’s going to have to get more players in.
“But for Frank, he’s been around the block, he’ll know what he’ll need and it’s just whether he can get the right ones in.”
And whilst Jordan agreed Lampard had been dealt a difficult hand at Goodison Park, the former Crystal Palace chairman questioned just what Everton’s aims are, both for the club and for Lampard.
“I’m not entirely what this project is for Frank,” Jordan said. “I’m not entirely sure what was sold to him with what is now there.”
After the Toffees board’s decision to hire Liverpool’s former manager Rafael Benitez last season failed, Jordan explained he was left questioning whether the club’s soul aim was fighting for survival.
“I don’t know what Everton look like this year,” Jordan continued. “They look like a side to me that could finish fifth or sixth from bottom.”
And when asked by host Jim White if they their season was all about survival again, Jordan replied: “That’s my question, yeah.”