Tony Cottee has admitted he’s a fan of Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but has doubts over whether or not he can become a regular goalscorer.
The 22-year-old is one of the main centre-forwards competing for a spot in Marco Silva’s team and he’s just two games away from a century of first-team matches for the Toffees.
Calvert-Lewin has 17 goals in those 98 Everton matches and the main criticism of him comes around his final product.
The Englishman is a physical striker that can hold the ball up well and is decent in the air, while he’s got a great turn of pace too.
But he’s failed to score in his five games across all competitions so far this season and his return of eight goals across all competitions last year wasn’t quite enough.
Ex-Everton strike Cottee doubts that Calvert-Lewin can score goals to fire the Merseyside club into the top six of the Premier League.
With Calvert-Lewin not quite ready to fill that void yet, Moise Kean arrived in the summer from Juventus to compete for the forward position and it looks like he’s now set for a run in the team.
“Calvert-Lewin is a good player, but I just don’t know where he’s going to get the goals required to push the club on into that top six,” Cottee said on talkSPORT (09:36am, 11 September).
Calvert-Lewin, who earns £20,000-a-week (Spotrac), is still a young player with plenty of time to develop and shouldn’t be written off.
But it looks like he’s missed a brilliant opportunity to cement his spot as the number nine at Goodison Park and he now needs to be ready to impress whenever he’s on the pitch.
He’s not yet a clinical finisher and it’s certainly the key area of his game to improve on, but he can still play an important role in Silva’s squad.
Everton are going to need someone that nets 15-plus league goals to get them in the race for the top six and it looks like this might be the season to capitalise.