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Four things spotted from first Frank Lampard training session at Everton


Backroom team gets to work

Of course it wasn’t just new Everton manager Frank Lampard taking his first steps onto the Finch Farm training pitch.

The manager had brought with him a new coaching team to get to grips with the squad of players, and they wasted no time in getting straight to work.

One particular image shows Lampard and the five men as part of his immediate staff posing on the training pitch ahead of their first session together.

Fans will have been pleased to see both Duncan Ferguson and Alan Kelly as part of this team, as they have been important members of the staff in recent months and years.

While change is necessary, continuity and understand the squad can also be key in some areas.

But there were also new faces which seemed to be heavily involved in the session.

Everton’s new assistant manager Joe Edwards watched over his first round of training, joined by Paul Clement as first-team coach and Chris Jones as first-team coach and head of performance.

Blues fans will hope that these new staff members can be a key factor in their side turning themselves around over the course of the coming weeks.

Close watch

Lampard realises there is a big challenge ahead of him as Everton manager.

He takes over a squad which has managed to win just one of its last 14 matches in the Premier League, and even that was only thanks to a last-minute screamer from Demarai Gray.

Disappointing defeats had left the confidence on the pitch at one of its lowest ebbs and the anger in the stands on many of those occasions was palpable.

Something needs to change, and the new boss looks like he’s got right to work in doing that.

What’s interesting to see from Finch Farm is just how close Lampard remains to the action as his players get back to business.

Some images show the new boss crouching down to get a better angle of what some players are doing, while a number of pictures depict the manager keeping a particularly close eye on Richarlison.

Lampard can also be seen having a separate talk with Anthony Gordon, Andros Townsend and the Brazilian at one stage of the session, perhaps ready to impart some attacking wisdom to them.

All smiles

Really the standout message that you can read from the latest set of training images is a renewed sense of optimism.

That was prevalent across social media throughout transfer deadline day as Evertonians were ready to unite behind their new manager and back their side right through to the end of the campaign.

And, while confidence has been low across the squad in recent weeks, that didn’t seem to be the case in the pictures from this session.

Not only have the coaching staff got huge smiles on their faces for the majority of the images, but many of the players are in the same boat too.

This could be a crucial factor for the new boss over the coming weeks.

If a sense of negativity and pressure is lifted off the shoulders of these players, they have much more chance of finding their best form and dragging themselves away from the relegation zone once more.

That’s what Evertonians are desperate to see.

Player involvement

Much of the focus of the latest set of images was, rather understandably, on the new manager and his coaching staff for the most part.

That means there hasn’t yet been a good view of exactly which squad members did or didn’t take part in the session on Monday afternoon.

Of course the new signings did not take part in Monday’s session, as neither Donny van de Beek or Dele Alli had actually signed on the dotted line for their new clubs yet.

The expected players miss out such as Abdoulaye Doucoure, Fabian Delph and Tom Davies as they continue to recover from injury.

One interesting thing to note is that it did seem that young players continued to be involved in the latest session at Finch Farm, no doubt looking to impress their new boss early doors.

Tyler Onyango and Harry Tyrer were two under-23s stars pictured as part of first-team training on Monday ahead of the weekend’s clash with Brentford.

More could have been involved in the session but pictures of them have not been released – with Lewis Dobbin in particular a player that might might have had their eyes peeled for.

Aside from that, much of the usual stars could be seen taking to the training field in high spirits looking to kick off a new regime with a bang.