Since joining Everton last summer, Rondon has only played a bit-part role at the club and made just his third appearance under new boss Lampard midweek in their 1-1 Premier League draw against Leicester City.


However, the Venezuelan provided the assist for Richarlison’s equaliser against the Foxes in the dying minutes of the game, rescuing a point for Everton in their quest to ensure safety in the top flight.



Lampard stressed that Rondon showed he could be a focal point for Everton in the final third with the way he played against Leicester, showcasing his ability to bring people in to play, and hold the ball up.


“Yes, he [Rondon] showed that [he could be the focal point of the attack]”, Lampard said in a press conference.



“He showed ability to hold the ball up, to bring people into play, to be involved in the goal and I knew he had that.


“And when you have some options in the front end of the pitch when everyone is fit, has been the busiest part of the team for me to make a selection from.



“And I know he has trained well throughout and I know what he can bring us and he brought us that the other night and it is great for us.”


Lampard acknowledged that Rondon has good chemistry with Richarlison in attack and stressed he is a smart player with a good work ethic.


“Yes, [Rondon has a great understanding with Richarlison].


“He is a smart player.


“Salomon is an experienced player, good player, great work ethic and very good to have him in the squad.”


With Dominic Calvert-Lewin sidelined with yet another injury, all eyes will be on who Lampard will pick to lead the line on Sunday when Everton take on Liverpool in a Merseyside derby.