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Everton: Cottee doubts how far Calvert-Lewin can take the Blues

Everton: Cottee doubts how far Calvert-Lewin can take the Blues

Former West Ham United striker Tony Cottee has shared doubt over how far Dominic Calvert-Lewin can take Everton, having been a key part of Marco Silva’s plans since February, as told to talkSPORT via HITC.

Silva began to trust Calvert-Lewin more frequently following the turn of the year, having spent his opening months in charge of the Goodison Park natives rotating between the Sheffield United product, Richarlison and Cenk Tosun as his striking option (WhoScored).

Calvert-Lewin eventually became the man Silva trusted the most to lead the Blues’ line in February when he started at home to Manchester City in a 2-0 defeat (TransferMarkt), with Richarlison soon moving out wide and Tosun dropped to the bench.

Former England Under 21 international Calvert-Lewin rarely displayed a prolific touch in front of goal, however, and his tendency to go missing from the scoresheet has continued into the new campaign – the 22-year-old has not scored a Premier League goal since March 9.

The 6 ft 1 centre-forward has not been without chances, either, as Calvert-Lewin averaged 2.6 shots per ninety minutes last term, and has recorded an effort on goal against Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Wolves already this term (WhoScored) – only failing to do so against Watford.

His inconsistency is what Cottee feels will see that Calvert-Lewin eventually loses his place in the starting line-up, having dropped to the bench against Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves in favour of Moise Kean.

“He’s a good player, but I don’t know whether he’s going to get the goals to push the club into the top six,” Cottee told Alan Brazil on talkSPORT (11 September, 9.30am).

“[Everton] have got to be more consistent, they can beat anyone on their day but they’re not consistent enough. They’ve got to be more consistent then they’ve got a really good chance of kicking on.”

Given that Calvert-Lewin has not scored a goal in eleven Premier League appearances now, it is hard to argue with Cottee’s suggestion that the striker’s days as first-choice under Silva are numbered.

Kean may also be without a goal this term but, the promising Italian signed from Juventus in the summer, and already has a higher shots per ninety minutes rate (2.5) than Calvert-Lewin (1.1), per data collected by WhoScored.

The Vercelli-born prospect has also fashioned more key passes (1.3 to 0.4), lost far fewer aerial duels (2.5 to 8.4) and been more effective with his dribbles (completing 3.1 of 5.0 compared to 0.7 of 1.5).

If Silva decides to revert back to naming Calvert-Lewin in the starting XI this weekend against Bournemouth, it would not be unimaginable that the 22-year-old’s goal drought continues.

Everton fans, what role can you see Calvert-Lewin occupying in the future? Let us know in the comments below…

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