Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti admitted that Dominic Calvert-Lewin did find it difficult in his side’s draw at home to Southampton on Thursday evening.
The Toffees were held to a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park, as Richarlison’s goal cancelled out an opener from in-form Danny Ings for the visitors.
With four games remaining in the season, the Merseyside club sit 11th in the league table and their hopes of European qualification now seem fairly slim.
Everton were in a serious battle on their own pitch to try dominate against an impressive Southampton side, who are sat just a point and place behind them in the table.
Calvert-Lewin was substituted off in the second-half after a quiet 68-minute contribution, as he was unable to get on the ball much and give the opposition’s backline any serious threat.
Ancelotti believes that the 22-year-old forward struggled alongside strike partner Richarlison, as Everton were unable to get a foothold on proceedings.
“Dominic had more difficulties because we were not in control, we were not able to play offensively with continuity so they (Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison) suffer more than usual,” Ancelotti told Amazon Prime.
TBR’s View – Recent dip doesn’t wreck Calvert-Lewin season
Calvert-Lewin has failed to score in any of the five Everton games since football was resumed, but his recent dip in form doesn’t overshadow the fact he’s had an excellent individual season and been one of thebest first team performers.
The English striker has certainly taken his game up a level since Ancelotti’s arrival and pairing him next to Brazilian teammate Richarlison has proven to be effective, as the duo can feed off each other well.
He’s scored 15 goals in 37 senior appearances across all competition this season for Everton, which shows there is definitely progress in the Englishman’s game.
Calvert-Lewin is an attacker that will thrive off more service, so will be hoping Everton strengthen in the middle of the park for next season.