Frank Lampard has revealed why he pushed for Everton to sign Dele Alli and Donny van de Beek on deadline day.
After much speculation, Lampard was confirmed as Rafael Benitez’s successor at Everton on deadline day.
He was quick to add new players to his squad as the Toffees signed Alli and Van de Beek.
Alli joins Everton on a permanent deal, while Van de Beek will be on loan with them until the summer.
The fee for the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder could rise as high as €40m. Lampard believes it is good to sign players “who have a point to prove”:
“In terms of our business with Donny and Dele, they’re separate cases,” Lampard said (via The Metro)
“I just look at the player and the person and I had conversations with them both. They’re both very, very talented players.
“I’ve come up against them in the past and was very impressed with them. Sometimes it’s good to get players in who have a point to prove.
“My job now is to create an environment to support them to let them show the talent they have. It’s natural talent they have and we have to harness it. It’s my job to put it all together.”
Lampard said: “I’m delighted to add Ashley into my backroom team. Everyone knows about his superb playing career and what he has achieved in the game.
“He is now a well-respected coach which has been recognised by his work with England Under-21s.
“He’ll bring a wealth of enthusiasm, game-play experience and is a very good young coach who adds strength to our coaching staff.”
Cole said: “I was thrilled when Frank asked me to join him at Everton. This is a brilliant opportunity with a fantastic club and I am coming here to work hard and try to help bring success to Everton.
“The chance to link up again with Frank was another huge draw.
“He is an excellent manager and leader. With the rest of the staff here, we have everything in place for what we want to achieve together.”