Everton stars already on phone to agents over summer move - Whelan

By Noel Whelan

10th Apr, 2022 | 5:00pm

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Noel Whelan has claimed some Everton players will “already be ringing their agents” looking for a summer move regardless of the club’s league status.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted there are too many “sulkers” and “weak mentalities” within the Toffees’ dressing room.

Frank Lampard’s men secured a vital 1-0 win over Manchester United on Saturday to stay out of the relegation zone this weekend.

However, Whelan questioned whether the Everton players have “enough character” to avoid being dragged back into trouble before the end of the season.

He suggested some will already be looking for summer moves.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I worry for Everton and whether they’ve got enough character in their changing room. Frank Lampard has got a massive job.

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“I think there are too many sulkers and too many weak-mentality players. There are probably a couple already ringing their agents regarding next season, no matter what happens.

“That’s the problem. That’s the problem Frank Lampard’s got. How many can you trust when you’re in the mire? To dig in, work hard, leave everything out there, fight and scrap for everything.

“It takes a certain kind of player to be able to do that and dig themselves out holes. I just think some of them are digging the hole deeper.

“There are too many mistakes happening. Every time they make a mistake, they get punished. That is the issue right now. It’s a little bit of naivety, probably a little bit of scared football.”

Everton’s next game sees them play host to Leicester City on 20 April.

They round off the month with a derby day visit to Liverpool, before welcoming Chelsea to Goodison Park on 1 May.

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