Clinton Morrison believes Everton’s season will depend on Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, the former striker claimed that the Toffees will avoid relegation if they can keep Calvert-Lewin fit.
Everton have struggled in front of goal following Richarlison’s move to Tottenham Hotspur last summer and were forced to rely on Ellis Simms and Neal Maupay for much of the previous campaign.
After a stellar few years for Calvert-Lewin that saw him net 29 goals in the Premier League, the 26-year-old has since endured extensive spells on the sidelines and returned to the starting line-up for this weekend’s match against Aston Villa.
Fans were left excited by Calvert-Lewin’s place in the team, however it was short-lived as he was subbed off with a cheekbone injury shortly before half-time.
It’s unclear how serious the forward’s injury is, though Morrison admitted he could be the difference between staying up and dropping down to the Championship.
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“The first game of the season, Neal Maupay missed a lot of chances and so did Abdoulaye Doucoure,” Morrison said ahead of the defeat to Villa.
“If you can keep Dominic Calvert-Lewin fit Everton will be fine this season.”
Calvert Lewin’s injury topped off a concerning afternoon for Everton
Everton put on a dreadful performance during their first away trip of the campaign, but Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s substitution is a huge worry for supporters.
The striker had very few chances before he was replaced by Arnaut Danjuma, however it has become very clear that his availability could have a huge impact on their success this year.
The Toffees are eager to bring in more attacking reinforcements and the potential arrival of Che Adams may relax the pressure on DCL, though there is still certainly a lot of negativity around the club following the clash at Villa Park.