Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored for the first time since December 5th as Everton swept aside Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday night.
The England international’s red-hot early season form had just slowed down somewhat and he also missed the game at Wolves through injuries.
But he’s back among the goals now and we asked former Everton goalkeeper Nigel Martyn whether his mini-drought had been down to lack of service or something else.
He simply said the period was something all strikers go through and praised Calvert-Lewin for getting back on the scoresheet and for his form so far this campaign.
“The real plus from the game was Calvert-Lewin coming back and scoring,” said Martyn. “It’ll do his confidence good, being involved and having other chances too.
“At times all strikers will say they’re not getting the service, and if you’re not getting the service, all you can do is be as much of a nuisance as you can, make it as difficult for the back four as you can.
“He has gone a few games without scoring and people jump on that, especially when you’ve done so well.
“But he’s still up there in the goalscoring charts and getting a goal for a striker is important, so it’s good that he scored going forward to what is a big week.”
The attention on Calvert-Lewin’s lack of goals was probably the first time he’s really experienced being treated like a truly elite striker.
For the hitmen at the very top of the league, one or two games without a goal doesn’t go unnoticed.
But Calvert-Lewin got himself in the right position to score against Wednesday, which is something he’s made a habit of this season.
If his second half of the campaign is as good as the first, then Everton will have a real chance of success.
Nigel Martyn speaking to Everton News: Archive