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View: Lampard should drop out of form Everton man after Crystal Palace stinker

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Yesterday (March 20) was a day to forget for Abdoulaye Doucoure and Everton who were on the back end of a battering against Crystal Palace.

It was another terrible away performance, allowing the Eagles to run riot at Selhurst Park as they beat the Blues by four goals to nil.

The Toffees actually played some encouraging football when in possession, but defensive mistakes proved costly as Frank Lampard agonisingly missed out on a chance of taking his team to Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final.

As usual, it wasn’t good enough from the Everton players but one man in particular had a stinker and the boss should considering his options amid his terrbile form.

Doucoure completed just 77% of his passes whilst losing possession a whopping 16 times, all on separate occasions.

The midfielder notorious for his ball carrying also only completed one dribble throughout the game [WhoScored], as emphasising what a bad display it was from the 29-year-old.

There is no surprise the Everton maestro struggled yesterday afternoon. He is going through quite a big dip in form since returning from injury and might need time to work his way back to his best.

Under Patrick Viera, Crystal Palace are a team that like to look after the ball in possession and cut through you playing between the lines. Lampard likes to do the same which is likely to be the reason why he backed Andre Gomes along with Donny van de Beek and Allan unavailable, but the pair can’t be played together.

Doucoure is certainly a box to box but his attacking efforts are far greater than his defensive. There is no way he should be played next to his spineless Portuguese teammate again.

He is okay on the ball but offers very little else in midfield and was effectively a passenger in the midfield yesterday.

The Frenchman needs more stability alongside him not only to help the team be more robust but to focus on his own game. Allan needs to be his partner going forward for the rest of the season.