Despite the fact that they are still looking for their first Premier League victory of the 2022-23 season, there is optimism at Goodison Park. Everton fans are optimistic about the rest of the season. With last weekend’s match against Arsenal postponed due to the passing of the Queen, Frank Lampard was given extra time with his squad at Finch Farm to continue to make his mark. Everton now prepares to host West Ham United at Goodison Park on Sunday. Lampard, on the other hand, will be without Jordan Pickford against the Hammers. The No. 1 goalkeeper for England has a thigh injury and will be out until after the international break. Not only will Everton be missing a key player, but they will also be without their captain for the remainder of the season. This season, Seamus Coleman has yet to make an appearance. He had surgery in the summer and missed the first two games. Despite being back to full fitness, the Toffees’ longest-serving player has been unable to unseat Nathan Patterson at right-back. As a result, Lampard will have to name a new captain to face David Moyes’ side. And, after being short on leaders last season, the Everton manager is now overflowing with them. Adding such attributes was critical during the transfer window. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the players from whom Lampard could choose. Tarkowski, James Everton’s interest in the centre-back was initially met with widespread approval. Tarkowski had just been a member of the Burnley team that was relegated from the Premier League. However, during his four seasons in the Premier League, the ex-Brentford defender demonstrated his quality on numerous occasions, earning him two England caps. Tarkowski was vice-captain at Turf Moor and a strong voice in the dressing room alongside skipper Ben Mee. Those qualities have been evident since his arrival at Goodison Park. Indeed, Lampard praised Tarkowski’s leadership qualities as soon as he signed for Everton. He’s a strong contender for the position. Conor Coady’s Conor Coady is an Everton defender. Photographer: Stu Forster/Getty Images When Lampard was Chelsea manager, it was Coady’s yelping and sobbing for Wolves that first drew his attention. The centre-back left an indelible mark on Lampard in a game played behind closed doors during the Covid-19 pandemic. Everton signed Coady on a season-long loan from Wolves for reasons other than his outspokenness on the pitch. He’s an excellent top-flight defender. However, it was a feature of Coady’s game that would have persuaded Lampard. That has been clear in his first five games for the Toffees. He’s done an excellent job of directing the defense. The one stipulation for Coady being given the armband is that he is a loan player. The fact that the England international is only on loan at Goodison Park has had no effect on his dedication. Not at all. And Coady could be planning to make the switch permanent next summer. It could, however, influence Lampard’s decision. Gana Gueye, Idrissa Idrissa Gana Gueye is an Everton midfielder. Photograph by Michael Regan/Getty Images The midfielder could be back at Everton in less than two weeks. Nonetheless, given that he previously spent three years at Goodison Park, establishing himself as one of the Premier League’s elite defensive midfielders and earning a move to PSG, handing Gueye this armband isn’t out of the question. His appearance off the bench in the Merseyside derby was outstanding. Gueye’s performance was impressive given his lack of playing time. After all, the Senegal international has been rubbing shoulders with Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, and others in recent seasons. With two Ligue 1 titles, an AFCON title, and a Champions League runners-up medal under his belt, no player in the squad would argue with the decision if Gueye was given the job. Gueye is likely to start against West Ham after having had more time to improve his fitness levels following last weekend’s postponement. Iwobi, Alex Alex Iwobi of Everton. Photograph by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images When you think of the archetypal captain, you think of someone who is loud and not afraid to read the riot act to his team members if necessary. However, some skippers do not fall into that category. Leaders can sometimes set an example not by how much noise they make, but by how well they perform. No one has surpassed Iwobi since Lampard took over as manager at Goodison Park. He was once a boo boy among supporters, but his remarkable career turnaround has turned him into a fan favorite. Iwobi has thrived in every position he’s been asked to fill under Lampard. His dedication, energy, and zeal have been unwavering. Even his most ardent detractors no longer point the finger at him. That is why the possibility of a Nigerian international taking over the captaincy should not be ruled out.