Everton manager Sean Dyche could have the ideal strike partnership in Dominic Calvert-Lewin and new arrival Beto when both are available this season.
The ‘fantastic’ Calvert-Lewin was unavailable for Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Sheffield United following his clash with Emiliano Martinez at Villa Park a fortnight ago.
However, the arrival of striker Beto from Serie A side Udinese has alleviated some of the goalscoring pressure from DCL’s shoulders.
There is no doubt of the England international’s quality, but he was available for just 17 Premier League games last season, with the uninspiring £15m forward Neal Maupay, or wantaway winger Demarai Gray playing upfront.
Such additions will ease the pressure on Calvert-Lewin, who’s persistent injury problems have hindered his progress as a centre-forward.
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Dominic Calvert-Lewin was failed in his recovery by lack of other striking options, now Beto can help ease the pressure
The Everton striker was often rushed back from injury for the Toffees in recent seasons with attacking options otherwise threadbare, resulting in the 27-year-old exacerbating persistent injuries.
Indeed, what could have been short-term spells in the treatment room become extended absences, though hopefully with Everton’s recruitment this summer, Calvert-Lewin can be given the optimum recovery time.
Everton have struggled defensively, but in the absence of an out-and-out centre-forward, the Toffees haven’t had a player capable of holding up play, allowing the midfield to get forward.
However, once fully fit, the England international could form a deadly partnership with £26m man Beto, providing Sean Dyche with two target men to lead Everton’s line.
In Beto, they have a striker whose height and strength will cause a problem for opposition defences, and once Dominic Calvert-Lewin returns to the fold, the two could form a formidable duo.
With the likes of Dwight McNeil and Jack Harrison available once fully fit on either flank, both Everton forwards would flourish on their kind of deliveries into the box.
Indeed, it may have been a slow start in front of goal for Everton, but they could have a deadly duo upfront this season.