Pundit salutes Frank Lampard as Everton agree new deal - 'he's stamping his authority'
Noel Whelan insisted the Frank Lampard rebuild is “really taking shape” at Everton after Allan became the latest player to leave Merseyside.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the former Chelsea boss is “stamping his authority” over the squad after a summer of upheaval.
As first reported by Football Insider (20 September), Allan has left Everton to join United Arab Emirates club Al-Wahada after just two years at Goodison Park.
The Toffees confirmed on Tuesday (27 September) that paperwork for the deal has been completed for a permanent transfer.
The Brazil international had failed to appear for Everton this season despite making the matchday squad on five occasions in the Premier League.
Lampard also orchestrated the exits of fringe stars Andre Gomes, Dele Alli, Jean-Phillipe Gbamin, Cenk Tosun, and Jonjoe Kenny during the summer window.
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Whelan told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “Lampard is doing exactly the right thing.
“Get rid of people who aren’t going to be involved, people who are well down that pecking order.
“He’s putting together this core of players, all of whom are going to be heavily involved in the Premier League and the cup campaigns.
“This is where the Everton rebuild is really taking shape. Lampard is stamping his authority on the squad, and he’s doing it in the right way.
“He’s given Allan the opportunity to play football while keeping a really tight-knit playing group.”
Everton sit 13th in the Premier League after claiming their first top-flight win against West Ham last time out (18 September).
The Toffees face Southampton on Saturday (1 October).