By Noel Whelan

20th Sep, 2022 | 1:28pm

Pundit thrilled by 'massive' Everton new signing

Noel Whelan has hailed the “massive” impact of new Everton signings James Tarkowski and Conor Coady after Frank Lampard’s side picked up their first win of the season.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the England international pair have “completely transformed” the Merseysiders.

Everton picked up their a 1-0 victory against West Ham at Goodison Park thanks to a goal from fellow new signing Neal Maupay.

The win was the Toffees’ first of the season but Lampard’s side have conceded just six times in the new campaign.

Coady signed on a season-long loan from Wolves in the summer window, while Tarkowski joined Everton on a free transfer after leaving relegated Burnley in July.

Whelan insisted Frank Lampard was “very clever” to overhaul the defence by bringing in the pair.

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He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “They’re massive, they’re two huge players in the heart of that defence.

“I thought they were very clever signings. They are players who know the Premier League and two captains in their own right.

“They’re two vocal, solid additions to that defence. They look like they’ve been playing together for years and years.

“They read the game so well, they’re aggressive defenders, they’re always in the right position. It’s two signings who have completely transformed Everton.

“Everton looked capable of conceding every week last season, and they were all over the place at times.

“But now they’ve got that stability. The wing-backs have now got the trust in the defence to know that they can bomb forward with very few consequences.”

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