Everton’s horrendous season ended on Sunday which left manager Frank Lampard with plenty of questions.
The Toffees managed to avoid relegation, but their run into the season ended in a crushing 5-1 loss to Arsenal.
Renowned journalist Adam Jones, in a column for the Liverpool Echo, highlighted how furious Everton assistant manager Paul Clement was with the team’s defensive display from set pieces, something management must settle in the future.
“One aspect Everton need to improve next season, particularly at both ends of the pitch, is their set pieces,” he wrote. “Arsenal dominated the majority of possession in open play, but their goals actually came from dead ball situations.
“Again, on several occasions, Paul Clement got up from his seat to try to get a closer look at the work he had probably undertaken on the training ground.
“Again, too often, he would turn around with a mixture of anger and desperation on his face as he returned to his seat after watching the Blues concede yet again.”
Season to forget
Everton finished the season, where they had two different managers in charge, in 16th place in the Premier League table.
The Toffees haven’t had a smooth sailing at all this season under former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez, who joined the club last summer following the departure of Carlo Ancelotti who moved to Real Madrid.
Under his tenure, Everton played 22 games in all competitions, winning only seven and suffering defeats in 11 games while four matches ended in a stalemate.
His era came to an end earlier this year after a humiliating 2-1 loss to Norwich. He was replaced by former Derby and Chelsea manager Frank Lampard.
Under his guidance, Everton produced mixed results where they scored crucial wins under his stewardship over Manchester United, Chelsea, Leicester City and Crystal Palace which saved them from relegation.
However, the team also suffered resounding defeats, including the one on Sunday, which was surely a sign that there was still a lot to do for the next season.
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