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Pundit View: Lampard & Everton paying price for “Very Strange” Benitez Jan transfer decision

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Noel Whelan has suggested Everton boss Frank Lampard will be ruing the club’s decision to sell Lucas Digne.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the deal for Digne’s replacement Vitaliy Mykolenko, 22, “hasn’t worked out”.

Right-footed Jonjoe Kenny has played in an unfamiliar left-back role in Everton’s last two fixtures with Mykolenko yet to establish a place in the side.

Kenny endured a torrid time as the Toffees suffered a 2-0 defeat against Southampton on Saturday (19 February), losing possession 15 times and failing to win each of his six duels (as per Sofascore).

Digne departed Everton during the January window after a well-publicised fall-out with previous manager Rafa Benitez.

Whelan suggested Lampard has inherited a “mess” in the left-back position.

“It was such a strange decision to sell Digne,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“Unfortunately for Frank Lampard, it was out of his hands. It was a choice made in the final throes of Rafa Benitez’s time in charge.

“If Frank could turn back time now, there’s absolutely no way he’d sell Digne. He’s one of the best full-backs in the country.

“It was a very strange decision to let Benitez sell him and then sack the manager just days later. His replacement Mykolenko hasn’t worked out, and they’re now stuck in a bit of a mess at left-back.”

Everton sit 16th in the Premier League, just four points clear of the drop zone.

Lampard’s side face Man City next on Saturday (26 February).