Everton look to January signings amid Dominic Calvert-Lewin injury worries | Everton

Frank Lampard has said Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s fitness problems will intensify Everton’s efforts to strengthen their attack in January.

Everton have scored only 11 goals in 14 Premier League games and, after reinforcing central defence and midfield in the summer, improving his forward line was always the next stage in Lampard’s rebuilding plans. But he admits there is added urgency to address the problem given Calvert-Lewin’s misfortune.

The centre-forward is sidelined with hamstring, shoulder and knee problems, although he does not require surgery after visiting a specialist. Calvert-Lewin has been plagued by injury for 15 months and Everton, having sold last season’s leading goalscorer Richarlison, added only Neal Maupay to their attack in the summer.

“There are a lot of parts to it,” Lampard said of the transfer strategy. “The first thing is for the bigger part of the [summer] window Dominic was fit so you’re thinking ‘Dominic plus one’ and Neal Maupay comes in. Then we’ve got two good options, and Salomón Rondón at the time, and you’re thinking: ‘OK, we can work with that’.

“The market isn’t easy for strikers and as much as we want to bring in players to improve the squad, if they’re not there to improve you or you’re going out on a limb for players you are not sure about – and I think that might be part of some mistakes that have been made before – then you’re in a position you don’t want to be in. You have to be pretty level-headed about how you want to improve the squad and the process it will be.

“The idea that we could have made another three or four signings who would all be perfect – first of all the budget wasn’t there to do that, and secondly you’ve got to get the right ones at the right time. January was one where we thought: ‘Where will we want to look at in that area?’ And of course Dominic’s injury has probably focused it more than we may have thought at that time.”

Everton revisit Bournemouth on Saturday four days after a 4-1 defeat at the Vitality Stadium in the Carabao Cup, when Lampard’s decision to make 11 changes backfired and attracted fierce criticism from the travelling support.

“I don’t mind those emotions,” the manager said. “I would never sit here and say, ‘Why are they getting on the players?’ after that performance. It wasn’t good enough. I didn’t expect this season to be a lovely ride after what happened last season. Richarlison leaves, we make some changes and we bring in players. It was always going to be another testing season, which means periods like now.”

Frank Lampard introduces fines system to improve discipline at Everton | Everton

Frank Lampard has introduced a fines system and player leadership group at Everton to maintain standards that he believes will help the team to progress. The Everton manager had a fines system at his previous club, Chelsea, that included a £20,000 punishment for being late for training and £10,000 for not reporting an illness or injury before a day off, but did not implement it at Goodison Park last season as the team fought relegation.

It has come into effect this season, however, and Lampard insists his players are happy with the extra discipline. The 44-year-old, who indicated the fines are not as heavy as they were at Chelsea, said: “When I went to Chelsea the feeling was that maybe discipline had not been spot on – that was from the players by the way, not my view, so we brought that in. It raised a few eyebrows because of the numbers and in the second year at Chelsea I came off that a little bit.

“Then you come into Everton. It didn’t feel a priority last year to go: ‘You are fined if you are late.’ The priority was: ‘Can we get three points this weekend?’ Now we have got more time this season and the group is set up, my feeling is they like some sort of policing of the standards and I think it can help if done right.

“The players are fully involved in it so they are happy with the levels – we are not killing them with the levels! – but it is good to have something in place to make sure we stay on point. We speak to the players a lot about the balance of confidence, progression and complacency. It is a very fine line and I think the right fines system can help keep that balance.”

Lampard, whose team travel to Newcastle on Wednesday following two successive defeats, has also created a player leadership group to enforce standards and address any dressing-room issues at source.

“I don’t want to say who is in it because I don’t want to make people feel bad that they are not or for it to become public and become an issue,” he said. “You can probably guess some of them, to be fair. We brought it in at the end of last season at a critical time when we were trying to find ways to stay in the league. There are good pros in it and a bit of balance that hopefully represents all of the squad.

“I think in modern management some of the things that challenge you should be dealt with by the players before they reach you, and when you have a group of good lads who want to do the right thing they can deal with a small issue in the dressing room or a small thing about how we prepare for games.”

Ten Hag and Frank Lampard pay tribute after Cristiano Ronaldo’s 700th goal | Cristiano Ronaldo

Erik ten Hag and Frank Lampard led tributes for Cristiano Ronaldo after the Manchester United star became the first player in football history to score 700 goals at club level.

The 37-year-old reached the landmark when hitting United’s winner at Everton – 20 years and two days after opening his account for Sporting.

Ronaldo is also the leading goalscorer in international men’s football and the Champions League, and his phenomenal achievement drew praise from both managers at Goodison Park.

“That is really impressive,” said Ten Hag. “To score 700 goals is a huge performance. I’m really happy for him. I congratulate him on that performance and I’m also happy as it’s his first goal this season in the Premier League. He had to wait for it and I’m sure there will be more goals.”

Everton manager Lampard, who played against Ronaldo for Chelsea and England, added: “It is outstanding. He is one of the greatest players to have graced the game and in an era when we have had him and Messi. The comparisons between them doesn’t matter.

Cristiano Ronaldo shows seven fingers, one for each century of goals in his career
Cristiano Ronaldo shows seven fingers, one for each century of goals in his career Photograph: Carl Recine/Action Images/Reuters

“They are both incredible players in football history. The numbers they have racked up are abnormal numbers that have become normal. When he was on 699, I wanted him to score in the Europa League the other night. But in the cold light of day you have to give him credit. It is amazing.”

The United manager believes Ronaldo’s confidence has suffered this season without a Premier League goal, but backed the veteran to improve after ending his drought. Ten Hag added: “Every player needs it, even when you are the best in the world. I have worked with many goalscorers and they need goals in every season to have that feeling, to have confirmation of their intuition. Once they have some goals they come in a flow and games go easier. That will happen with him as well.”