Frank Lampard will raid his former club Chelsea for one of three talents in the summer – and is almost guaranteed to get one of them to join Everton, an insider claims.
It didn’t even take Lampard one day to make his influence on transfers felt as Everton manager. He was appointed as the replacement for Rafael Benitez on deadline day in January. Later that day, he brought Dele Alli and Donny van de Beek to the club.
Alli joined on a permanent transfer from Tottenham, and van de Beek on loan from Manchester United. Both have lost their way in recent years, but could get a better chance under Lampard.
During his 18 months in charge of Chelsea, Lampard impressed for the way he nurtured talent. Although the results for the team as a whole were sometimes lacking, he gave a platform to several players who benefited.
Now, there is anticipation that he will follow a similar strategy for Everton. In fact, one transfer expert claims Lampard is monitoring three young players from his former club as potential signings.
Dean Jones told Give Me Sport: “Frank Lampard will keep a close eye on Gilmour, Broja and Gallagher situations at Chelsea over the summer. I’ll be amazed if at least one of them doesn’t join Everton by next season.”
All three players are currently developing on loan away from Chelsea. Midfielder Billy Gilmour is at Norwich City, striker Armando Broja is at Southampton, and central player Conor Gallagher is with Crystal Palace.
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Lampard gave senior debuts to Gilmour and Broja while he was at Chelsea. He never used Gallagher in a competitive match, but TEAMtalk recently revealed in an exclusive that the Everton boss wants to sign him.
Give Me Sport write that Lampard could try to take any of the three on loan. There are concerns that it will not be a high-spending summer for Everton, just like last year.
Gilmour, Broja and Gallagher will be 21, 20 and 22 respectively by the time next season starts. Their contracts with Chelsea expire in 2023, 2026 and 2025.
Therefore, their parent club may need to extend Gilmour’s deal if they are to lend him out again. As for Broja and Gallagher, though, there is less time pressure and another loan could be done.
Gilmour most likely to join Everton
However, Give Me Sport predict that Gilmour is the most likely signing for Everton of the three. The Scotland international played 17 times under Lampard during their time together previously.
Chances were slimmer under Thomas Tuchel. Consequently, the club loaned him out to Norwich for this season. He has started 14 Premier League games for the relegation-threatened club.
Although his spell has not been plain sailing, he has been building up his gametime. Even if Norwich drop to the Championship next season, Gilmour’s next step could still be in the Premier League.
It would be a similar path to the one Gallagher has followed. He went down with West Brom last season, but earned an opportunity back in the top flight by signing for the season with Palace.
Everton could offer him another next step, as we are aware of. In fact, Lampard wants them to be at the front of the queue if Gallagher goes on loan again.
Although, his successor Thomas Tuchel wants to reintegrate him. Perhaps with that in mind, there is now also a building belief about Gilmour.
As for Broja, Lampard came up against him when Everton lost to Southampton on Saturday. Before the game, he reminded that he is well aware of what the Albania international is capable of.
“I gave him his debut at Chelsea. He’s a good lad, a very talented young boy,” Lampard said in his pre-match press conference.
“He came to us at the start of the Covid times and trained with us and is showing his attributes with Southampton now.
“Fast, strong. Has a real eye for goal. A very, very good player. I’m very aware of his strength.”