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Media love-in with Frank Lampard and Everton fans is quite incredible – Compared to Newcastle United

3 weeks ago
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We all know how shocking the media overwhelmingly are when dealing with Newcastle United BUT watching / reading the coverage of the scouse derby on Sunday, the love-in with Frank Lampard and the Everton fans brought it into even sharper focus.

Watching the game on Sky Sports, I couldn’t believe just how distorted they could be.

That isn’t even taking into consideration Jamie Carragher claiming that Everton would be the ‘biggest’ ever club to be relegated from the Premier League, if / when they are relegated.

Hmmm, well if / WHEN they go down, Everton fans will certainly be the fanbase with the biggest opinion of themselves to ever be relegated during this Premier League era.

Anyway, the way that Carragher and Martin Tyler were going on, you would think that Frank Lampard had done some kind of an astonishing job, to give the scouse mackems even a chance of staying up.

Just to convince myself I wasn’t going mad, I have checked up what the reality was, as opposed to the delusion pushed by Everton fans and their friendly supportive media.

Before the Everton fans forced him out, Rafa Benitez had picked up 19 points in 19 Premier League games.

When Benitez was sacked, Everton were fifteenth in the PL table, six points above eighteenth placed Norwich (and Everton with two games in hand on them), seven points above nineteenth placed Newcastle United (Everton with one game in hand).

In 13 games, Frank Lampard has picked up only 10 points, taking Everton from 15th to 18th and now two points from safety.

Indeed, looking at the form of all Premier League clubs in their last 13 PL games, only Watford (8 points) have picked up less points than Lampard’s Everton, in the same number of matches.

The pandering to Everton fans from the media knows no bounds, happy for them to demonise Rafa Benitez who was only allowed to spend £1.8m on players in summer 2021, after the previous managers had spent an astonishing £447m (stats via Transfermarkt) over the course of the previous four years, £524m if you extend that to the five years before Rafa took the job.

As well as £34m spent in January on players just before Frank Lampard arrived, the former Chelsea manager was also backed with some high profile signings. The media taking great delight in claiming both signings had turned down Newcastle United in favour of Everton and Frank Lampard.

Dele Alli signed in January and in three months hasn’t started a single Premier League match, named on bench 12 times and subbed on eight times, for a total of only 218 minutes on the pitch.

Then you have Donny ‘I’m not signing up for a relegation battle’ van de Beek and five Premier League starts since his high profile January loan move, playing 418 minutes of PL football for Everton so far.

The Man Utd player has been absolutely woeful and somehow Dele Alli is that bad, he can’t even get a game ahead of those others who have struggled game after game during this Frank Lampard reign so far.

Remember how Eddie Howe and the Newcastle United owners were relentlessly mocked for signing the likes of Wood, Burn and Targett in January. Just imagine the stick they would be getting now if they had brought in Dele Alli and Donny van de Beek??? Yet I have seen so little / nothing slaughtering Lampard’s shocking judgement.

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