That Donny van de Beek – albeit currently injured – and Dele Alli have not walked straight into that midfield points towards a disjointed January window that was started by Benitez and ended by Lampard. Van de Beek’s loan move seems unlikely to be made permanent, while Alli might even face an uncertain future of his own.
In attack, Everton have badly missed Calvert-Lewin for large portions of the season. The Three Lions forward, who scored 21 goals last term, has only featured in 12 Premier League matches in 2021-22 due to an ankle issue.
Benitez and Lampard have struggled to find a replacement. Salomon Rondon was a poor summer buy, while it remains a mystery that Cenk Tosun remains at the club and yet the likes of Demarai Gray have been used as makeshift strikers ahead of the Turkey international.
That gives Lampard the tough job of offloading at least 10 players in the summer, including loanee Van de Beek. If Everton are to prove they have learned from their mistakes of the Moshiri era, the fees received must be reinvested wisely.