After a subpar season in which they staved off relegation on only the second-last matchday of the campaign, Everton are looking to improve next term so as to not face the prospect of the drop again.


In terms of improving in the summer though they have only signed James Tarkowski so far this window and have also seen star attacker Richarlison leave them for Tottenham Hotspur.



Lampard explained that he had to accept working with the squad he had after taking the job at the midway point last season, but he is now looking to strengthen his team this summer.


The Everton boss highlighted that if the Toffees want to not be involved in a relegation battle again next term they will have to make the right signings.



Speaking to Everton’s official site, Lampard said: “Recruitment – and who goes out – is a huge part of any football club.


“Particularly when you are a manager who comes in mid-season.



“The transfer window shut one day after I joined, so you work with the players you have straight away.


“But when you look forward, you think about how you can strengthen in different areas, ‘How would this look?’.


“It is vital to get that right.


“It will be a big challenge for me and the club… to make sure we go in the right direction, because it is clear we don’t want to be fighting relegation and recruitment will be a big part of that.”


Everton’s one signing this summer has been a free transfer while they will also need to replace Richarlison, who was vital in helping them secure Premier League safety last season with ten goals.