Everton are under pressure in the Premier League now as they sit just one point above the relegation zone and the January transfer window could be a useful resource for Frank Lampard.
What’s the latest?
According to journalist Simon Phillips (via Si & Dan Talk Chelsea), Everton are monitoring Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s situation at Chelsea.
As per the report, Chelsea and the player are unsure about his future at the club as they navigate their way through a period of poor form and plan for the transfer windows ahead with Everton keen to sign Loftus-Cheek either in January or the summer.
Lampard could land his own Gavi
Lampard is no stranger to the Chelsea midfielder having worked with him at Stamford Bridge when he was managing the club, and as such, he is a player he’s always held in high regard.
The 44-year-old manager took time to praise Loftus-Cheek in an interview back in 2020, saying:
“He’s a hugely talented player and a great lad. So there will be lots more to come from Ruben Loftus-Cheek.”
Indeed, the 26-year-old hasn’t had the easiest career in West London with a number of injury problems including a long-term Achilles tendon rupture that saw him in recovery for 288 days. However, this season he is beginning to flourish and display his capabilities with more frequent opportunities in the team.
Over 14 appearances, Loftus-Cheek has tallied up an impressive 86% pass accuracy and has created one big chance, as well as averaging 1.1 tackles, 1.1 clearances and winning 5.2 duels per game.
Not only that, but Barcelona’s wonderkid Gavi is the fourth most comparable player to Loftus-Cheek this season with the pair sharing many similarities in their output so far according to FBRef.
The £120k-per-week Chelsea ace and the Barcelona rising star are similar in their pass completion rate (84.4% v 87.4%), tackles attempted (1.51 v 1.57) and tackles of dribblers completed (46.7% v 54.5%).
Furthermore, they are also alike in their ball carrying, with Loftus-Cheek successfully completing 1.13 dribbles per 90 minutes compared to Gavi’s 1.24.
Those numbers suggest that they are both incredibly composed players who never shirk their duties in stopping the opposition.
With that being said, the signing of Loftus-Cheek – who Rio Ferdinand dubbed a “fantastic specimen – could be a great move for Everton, with this being something of a golden opportunity to bring in a player Lampard is already familiar with.