The good vibes that could have come from Everton’s Saturday 1-0 defeat to Chelsea at Goodison Park are covered in dark clouds.
Ben Godfrey lost with a broken bone in the first half and fellow centre-back Yerry Mina also left the Premier League Week 1 match with injury as the Toffees failed to clear a Jorginho penalty to lose 0–1.
Playing with five defenders including three centre-backs, James Tarkowski was the only centre-back to go the distance as Mason Holgate replaced Godfrey before half-time and the Blues reorganized when Rubén Vinagre replaced Mina in the 70th minute.
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Michael Keane was an unused substitute and young Jarrad Branthwaite was loaned out to PSV Eindhoven.
Godfrey’s injury was ugly as his desperate slip to block Kai Havertz’s shot caused officials to quickly request a stretcher as part of a lengthy treatment that added almost 10 minutes to the first half.
“It seems to be a small fracture at the bottom,” Lampard said. “We appreciate it. Looks like he’s going to be gone for a while. We had a bit of that last season, unfortunately. We must get through this. … When it rains, it pours.”
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The good news, according to Lampard, is that there are answers to Everton’s other big questions: attack.
While Richarlison was sold to Tottenham Hotspur and Dominic Calvert-Lewin out for a few weeks, Salomon Rondon will be back from suspension and a new face is about to emerge.
“We don’t have number nine, so we had to be constantly mobile,” Lampard said. “This is a big request on the first day of the season. I thought we did well today against a Chelsea team. I thought we created a lot of problems for them. I don’t want to criticize the team too much because the mobility was good.
“We want to have a couple more options. We are all moving in this direction. Dominic [Calvert-Lewin]won’t be gone forever. We have lost Richarlison. As we speak, one player is being finalized. I don’t want to stand here and say it’s done, but we’re very close.”
In other transfer news, Amadou Onana has been spotted at Goodison Park and Everton are said to be closing in on former Toffee and current PSG midfielder Idrisse Gana Guia.
They definitely need help.