Lampard praises the players’ hard work and improved form

Frank Lampard has paid tribute to his players for their hard work over the past few weeks to beat Everton harder and how this has laid a foundation for the Blues to grow as an attacking team as the new summer signings are added to the squad .

In an open letter published on the club’s official website, the manager paid tribute to new signing Neal Maupay for how well he has settled into his new surroundings and for scoring his first goal in the win against West Ham, recognizing that Importance of Dominic to the team at Calvert-Lewin, but Lampard stressed the side’s new defensive steel.

“We’re harder to beat and harder to hit – that’s a big thing in football,” he wrote. “Can we be better on the ball? Sure, but… [w]We also have to understand that we have new players and that means it takes time for our game to become smooth.

“Onana has barely played as a number eight, Alex Iwobi has famously played in a variety of roles, and Gana has been in a different league for a number of years, so there are parts of our game that are getting better.

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“At the moment, however, we are at the beginning of our process and West Ham’s win has given us three important points, especially after we had earned more in our previous games.

“It was very pleasing to see the defensive strength across the team which has given us the second best defensive record in the Premier League. That’s because of the players: those who were here last season and those who came over the summer.

“Our standard defense has also improved noticeably. Ashley Cole has been very focused on this with the players and our analysis team. They give the right messages to the team and then the players have to have the will, the determination and the organization not to let the teams score.

“Of course it’s still early days, but I think our fans appreciate the improvements we’ve made as a team. This is due to hard work and our players.

“There has been a turnaround in players and the reality is that we had to look at that. I am grateful to the board, owner, chairman and Denise for supporting us in who we wanted to sign.

“The rest of our improvement is the guys’ work. There was a lot of tension last season for obvious reasons, but we sorted that out. We must never be complacent, but we work really hard and are looking for a much better place to do it at the moment.”

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Bernie Quinn

1 Posted on 09/26/2022 at 20:05:17

In less than 9 months he has built a good strong squad of players.
“I trust in Frank”.

Mike Gaynes

2 Posted on 09/26/2022 at 20:20:06

“I am grateful to the board, the owner, the chairman and Denise…”

Heck, there’s a sentiment that won’t sit well with some members of the congregation here!

However, I think that no small part of the credit goes to Frank himself. He has internalized this steely attitude not only on the defensive, but on the whole pitch.

I haven’t seen a single example of something that drove me crazy at times last season – a player losing the ball and then waving his arms and pouting trying to get it back. They’ve all been tireless on recovery this season and did you know we’re top of the league in that category?

Brent Stephens

3 Posted on 09/26/2022 at 20:24:09

A very diplomatic statement from Frank. Keep the triumvirate happy.

Jeff Armstrong

4 Posted on 09/26/2022 at 20:34:39

“It was very pleasing to see the defensive strength across the team which has given us the second best defensive record in the Premier League.”

Frank, just shut up, mate, you just made us a target for the others.

Danny O’Neill

5 Posted on 09/26/2022 at 20:35:08

Work hard and if you pick a quote from it: “We are at the beginning of our process of moving forward”.

See you Saturday Blue Boys!

Lyndon Lloyd

6 Posted on 09/26/2022 at 20:44:09

Mike (2) I was hesitant to include this passage for this reason, but at the end of the day the board to have backed Lampard and Thelwell in the transfer market last summer and they have shown their willingness in recent months to answer the fans’ clamor simply to allow the DoF and manager to get on with their job.

Christy ring

7 Posted on 09/26/2022 at 20:56:06

When Frank took over we were a sinking ship, the players’ confidence was shaken; He himself, his staff and the fans saved us from relegation.

He has addressed most areas of the pitch with little money, solid defence, midfield with power and pace and Maupay is looking promising up front, with hopefully Calvert-Lewin behind them.

We look like a different team and he’s going in the right direction, a manager I think we can trust.

Mike Gaynes

8th Posted on 09/26/2022 at 20:59:42

Lyndon #6, so I had to chuckle when I saw that quote, but you couldn’t really leave it out, could you?

Jerome Shields

9 Posted on 09/26/2022 at 21:40:54

Really Frank established himself as the face of the club. He also knows which side his bread is buttered on.

Steve Daniels

10 Posted on 09/26/2022 at 21:59:16

Hard work, hard work, hard work… Frank has come to the top as a player by working incredibly hard and he brings that to management. Long may it go on like this.

And I have no problem with him paying tribute to the Unholy Trinity in the boardroom – they (eventually) got through for him and Thelwell with the money for quality supplements.

Now don’t get cocky lads – we need to keep the momentum going by taking 3 points home from a weak Southampton on Saturday.

Jamie Crowley

11 Posted on 09/26/2022 at 22:00:30

Frank’s biggest complaint at Chelsea was that his team were conceding too many goals. I stood behind his signature looking forward to it, but that little voice in my head kept saying, “Martinez reboot?”

nope He prioritized the defensive line. Our first signings were Coady and Tarkowski and he gave young Patterson a chance from the start and I had no doubt he would have done the same had Seamus been healthy.

Then he completely redesigned a terrible, terrible midfield.

He has learned from his mistakes at Chelsea and is building a team in his image. I would honestly give it an A despite last year’s record so far. He’s inherited an incredible team and ethos, and in a single window (basically) he completely reinvented Everton.

A big thank you also to Kevin Thelwell who has done a great job of passing on players and also purchasing intelligently, where needed and generally economically responsible. Thelwell gets another A from me so far.

For the first time since Carlo – who did what he did with silly spending and smoke-and-mirrors – I’m very, very optimistic about Everton. Long may it stay that way, the future is bright again and Hope has shown her pretty face again at this great club.

Lee Courtliff

12 Posted on 09/26/2022 at 22:21:34

“You’ve got to have the nitwit to play!” My favorite quote from every Everton manager since Joe Royle accused Liverpool of throwing his dummy out of the pram.

We’ll soon be replacing West Ham as the best of the rest. That means we have European football to look forward to and I don’t care if it’s ‘just’ the Europa League or the Conference League. We need Europe and we need trophies!!

I haven’t been this optimistic since season one under Bobby.

Trevor Powell

13 Posted on 09/26/2022 at 22:37:28

My dad used to say about the great 80’s team that “they chased in packs” to get the ball back and that seems to be the mantra of this team. Long may it continue and improve!

Terry Farrell

14 Posted on 09/26/2022 at 23:48:31

Loved Frank from day one. Great acting, genuine and an absolute legend as a player so he knows how to motivate players. He inspires confidence and is measured.

Onwards and upwards, super Frank.

Markus Andersson

fifteen Posted on 09/27/2022 at 04:45:32

Frank seems a good fit…

We’ll never catch up with the Big 6 because of 30 years of mismanagement at board level… but we can at least hope to field a team that can play good football and win more than they lose.

Callum Jones

16 Posted on 09/27/2022 at 05:54:43

love the man He can only improve as a manager and I hope he continues to do so with us for many years to come.

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