Everton defender James Tarkowski has hailed Chelsea legend Frank Lampard’s impact on his game.
Now a manager, the former midfielder was best known for his perfectly timed runs and expert finishing during an outstanding Premier League career.
However, he is clearly doing everything he can to earn his chops defensively.
Seeking to improve a leaky defense last season which conceded 66 league goals, he and the club have taken smart moves in the transfer market.
The Toffees picked up Tarkowski on a free Conor Coady and landed on loan from Wolves.
Former Burnley star Tarkowski excelled under the stoicism of former defender Sean Dyche but admitted his game reached a new level with Lampard.
“It was amazing. The coaching is amazing,” he told talkSPORT.
“Obviously I knew the player he was, but I’ve learned so much in the last six months. I just feel like I’m still improving under him.
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“I never feel like I’m becoming obsolete. Since I’ve been there, it’s been a breath of fresh air for me. I learn new things every day.
“You’re kind of expected to be a leader in that, but that’s what I want to be and I like taking on that role as well.”
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