James Tarkowski ready as Everton are hit by defensive injuries


Summer signing James Tarkowski is happy to take on even more responsibility given Everton’s defensive injury woes.

Ben Godfrey will be out for two to three months after breaking his tibia just 10 minutes after losing 1-0 to Chelsea in their opening game.

Tarkowski, on a free transfer from Burnley, was brought in to bring stability to a defence, which conceded a club record 66 goals in the Premier League in the tight relegation game last season.

But with two of Frank Lampard’s three starting teams already injured, the 29-year-old’s influence is even more relevant.

“To be honest, I’m rather disappointed that the boys are getting injured. It wasn’t looking good for Ben, hopefully it’s not that bad – and hopefully for Yerry too,” said the defender.

“There’s no more pressure for me – I have to go out and perform. Whoever comes in and plays there, it’s the same.

“I’m one of the older minds here. It’s a fairly young team and I’m quite experienced. I’ve played quite a few games at that level now, so I think part of my job is to go in there and try to lead, guide and help people.

“Especially someone in my position because I can see the whole pitch so it’s my job and I really enjoy it.”

With a World Cup looming, Tarkowski is keen to rejoin Gareth Southgate’s squad and he looked in fine form after his first outing.

But the centre-back knows he must first maintain his consistency at club level.

“Yes, of course it would help. I just have to do my best,” he said.

“I think if I play well and the team does, there will be opportunities for me there.

“My main focus is that I have just signed with a new club and I want to perform and show what I am about.

“That’s what I have to do and what the future brings, we’ll see.”

Lampard was certainly pleased with his new acquisition.

“He was great, wasn’t he? His defensive performance, his performance on the ball, his calmness, his leader, he’s present on the pitch,” said the Toffees coach.

“I saw it preseason so I’m thrilled with how he played. He almost scored too, one of the chances we had.

“He’s a threat in this box and very good for us in our box.”

Everton are expected to announce the £33million signing of Lille midfielder Amadou Onana and the player was at Goodison Park to watch his new team-mates.

He will bring much-needed strength to an area of ​​the squad that has been in need of reinforcement for some time.

“I see him more as an eight for him, but the way we played with two sixes, which is kind of between a six and an eight when you play someone else, he can absolutely do that,” Lampard said.

“It doesn’t matter whether we want to play with two sixes or six and an eight, he can play all these positions.”

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