Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has spoken out about his long-standing injury issues.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been plagued with injuries in recent seasons. However, the Everton forward believes he has turned a corner in this regard and is now ready to kick on and get his career back on track.

At his best, Calvert-Lewin can be a talismanic figure for Everton up front. However, he only managed two Premier League goals for the Toffees last time out, in another injury-hit campaign.

Having a fully-fit Calvert-Lewin back to his best would be a huge boost to Sean Dyche and his prospects of steering Everton clear of any relegation trouble this time around. The Everton boss has certainly supported the 26-year-old on his recovery journey.

As quoted by BBC Sport, Calvert-Lewin said, “the manager [Sean Dyche] came in and said, ‘You’re not coming back until you are fully fit’. When I come back, I am not a passenger, I have a job to do leading the line…when you can’t physically do that and perform on a regular basis, it is the most frustrating thing in the world…I am over that now and in a good space of mind to go and attack the season.”

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Calvert-Lewin has a job to do

The Goodison Park faithful will be delighted to hear that Calvert-Lewin is heading into the new season full of confidence and ready for action.

It is also telling that Dyche was very direct and clear about what he expects from the 11-cap England man. Everton can’t afford for Calvert-Lewin to slowly feel his way back into form. They need him to hit the ground running and start delivering straight away. The manager was clearly willing to give the player time to make sure his recovery was handled in the best way possible, but now that patience needs to be rewarded.

Calvert-Lewin faces competition for his place on Merseyside, too. Neal Maupay will be desperate have a better season in front of goal himself, and new arrival Arnaut Danjuma could be called upon to lead the line. Everton also look close to sealing a deal for 19-year-old Sporting striker Youssef Chermiti, as reported on Twitter by journalist Fabrizio Romano.

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