Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin was back on the scoresheet for the Blues in the 2-2 draw with Leicester City on Monday, and the 26-year-old has highlighted one key statistic that could give fans hope of avoiding the drop.

The £1.5m England international opened the scoring at the King Power Stadium from the penalty spot only for the Blues to find themselves 2-1 down at half-time.

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Indeed, DCL should have doubled his tally before the break, missing from close range before the Foxes hit Everton on the break as Jamie Vardy hit the bar.

In a game that ebbed and flowed, Sean Dyche’s side arguably created the better opportunities to take all three points, creating 23 chances in total, 18 of which came inside the penalty box.

It was the second highest number of shots from inside the area that Everton have taken since such data became available back in the 2014/15 campaign, and it will surely offer fans hope that avoiding relegation is still possible.

Calvert-Lewin can keep Everton PL hopes alive if he keeps taking chances

“I didn’t realise we’d created so many shots on goal,” Calvert-Lewin said to the official Everton website.

He continued: “I know myself I had a few shots, I probably should have put another one way. It took a little touch off the defender and my concentration wasn’t right, but nine times out of 10 they go in.

I back myself for the next one. Even if it comes off my shin and goes in.”

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Everton have been boosted by the return of DCL, who was unfortunate to see a well-taken goal ruled out for offside in last month’s defeat to Newcastle United.

If the Toffees can continue to create chances in the last four games of the season, Calvert-Lewin will put them in the back of the net

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