Calvert-Lewin unlikely to face Bournemouth on Saturday

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin has all but been ruled out of Everton's last match before the break for the World Cup, with Frank Lampard reporting that the striker has had another consultation with a specialist following his latest injury set-back.

Calvert-Lewin had to be withdrawn during the second half of last Saturday's 2-0 home defeat to Leicester with a hamstring complaint, the latest in a series of injury problems that have plagued him since he suffered a serious quadriceps tear in August last year.

The England international, who had been hoping to make a last-minute bid for inclusion in Gareth Southgate's squad for Qatar latest this month, injured his knee just days before the 2022-23 season kicked off and missed the first nine matches of the campaign before making his return as a substitute against Manchester United a month ago.

Lampard said after this evening's dreadful result in the Carabao Cup at Bournemouth that he is hopeful that Idrissa Gueye and Amadou Onana will be fit for the return to Vitality Stadium in the League this weekend but indicated that Calvert-Lewin probably won't be involved.

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Onana, we're hoping will be fit to train tomorrow or Thursday, the manager said. Gana, we hope may be fit to train on Thursday. Dominic, we're waiting on more news from a specialist. I'd be surprised if he's fit for Saturday.


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Nick Page
1 Posted 09/11/2022 at 00:15:04
Get rid
Kieran Kinsella
2 Posted 09/11/2022 at 01:07:36
It’s beyond a joke. We spent all of last season waiting on his return to fitness now we’ve one goal and a few appearances and it will be Christmas before we see him again. Another Andy Carroll and not someone we can rely on.
Jonathan Oppenheimer
3 Posted 09/11/2022 at 05:37:08
Though to be fair, Kieran, it was a nice goal. I’m kidding, sort of. The problem is what the hell you do with him. If he’s fit we have to play him this year, both because he gives us the best chance and because he has no value to sell on if he doesn’t play. If we sell low, because someone will take a punt on him for £20 million, we have to get it right with whoever we overpay to replace him. Then he’ll go on to score 15 goals next season for some mid-table team and we’ll look like fools. Either way, we’re going to have to overpay for a striker in January, assuming financial fair play allows it. Otherwise it’s hard to see how we’re not in another relegation battle this season. I don’t want to be one of those doom and gloom guys at this point, but where in the world are we going to find consistent goals if he’s injured all season?
Ben King
4 Posted 09/11/2022 at 06:26:44
Jonathan #3

We are definitely in a relegation battle this season

Haters of DCL better wind their necks in because we need him

Bernie Quinn
5 Posted 09/11/2022 at 06:28:56
To be honest I have never rated him more than an average striker, and very surprised how the Goodison Faithful seemed to admire him. Likewise with Gordon - he flatters to deceive. Hope both get sold in January.
Jim Bennings
6 Posted 09/11/2022 at 06:41:41
Just become another Yerry Mina unfortunately.

I can't honestly believe the people responsible during the summer really thought after a while season injured that Calvert-Lewin would be relied upon this time around.

I said in August I'd be astonished to see him play 15 games and I still will be.

We need a replacement for him in January and then when he's fit (if ever) we need to be touting for decent offers for him.

If we can get a combined 60 million for DCL, Gordon, Maupay and McNeil then Jesus Christ (pardon my blasphemy) we should think Christmas has arrived.

Jonathan Oppenheimer
7 Posted 09/11/2022 at 06:41:46
Ben #4 I agree we’re in a clear relegation battle, but after the Palace game I was hopeful that we had turned a corner and with a healthy DCL we could somehow achieve solid mid-low table status. Now that he’s injured again we’d all be fools to think that is the case.

Bernie #5 I’m not saying you’re clearly wrong about how good he is, but his success was always going to depend on 1) him being healthy and 2) the players around him. He never seemed to have the ability to score from outside the box or beat players one-on-one, but at his best under Ancelloti he was getting into great positions in the box to finish good service, especially with his head — but then we had James, Digne and Siggurdson, who all were top class with their deliveries. The problem now is that even when healthy, Gordon and Gray and Iwobi, Patterson and Mykolenko are wildly inconsistent at best, generally not even that, with their crossing ability. The hope I think was that McNeill could remedy some of that, but that assumes he’s getting the opportunity with time to hit balls with his left foot and that’s clearly not happening. So is he average? I think he’s a bit more than that, assuming a lot of other things are happening around him. He’d certainly look a lot better in a much better squad, but then wouldn’t all of our better players.

Daniel A Johnson
8 Posted 09/11/2022 at 06:45:43
Is he just unlucky or now officially a crock? I don’t remember him being that injury prone until recently.

Maybe a review of our fitness, physio and recovery program may be necessary?

Sean Roe
9 Posted 09/11/2022 at 07:11:51
Poor recruitment yet again. Three defensive midfielders brought in to the club despite knowing we could only do so much in the transfer market. We needed Maupay and somebody else capable of getting at least ten goals a season to get close to what we would lose if DCL was out.
And here we are.
Robert Tressell
10 Posted 09/11/2022 at 07:18:59
Very disappointed. I never thought Lampard was a great manager but I did think he was a good man manager and also working hard to learn from his mistakes.

Obviously mistakes were made in recruitment yet again - but we don't have a horrendous squad. On paper it's the best in a while.

However, despite decent squad depth across various positions, it is a squad that has had goals ripped out of it over time. No Sigurdsson, no Richarlison, no DCL.

It's worrying.

Laurie Hartley
11 Posted 09/11/2022 at 07:30:54
Well, I asked it on the Leicester thread – who is going to lead the line on Saturday? Has Frank got the courage to give the outcast a runout?
Jim Bennings
12 Posted 09/11/2022 at 08:02:24
We never replaced Richarlison.

We never replaced Sigurdsson.

We never replaced James Rodriguez.

We still haven't properly replaced Lukaku.

Pretty much says it all.

Ian Pilkington
13 Posted 09/11/2022 at 08:45:47
We couldn't even get rid of and replace Rondon whilst Simms and Dobbin were both sent out loan for the season.

We could have signed Brereton-Diaz from Blackburn but, despite his contract running down this season, we didn't offer them enough and spent the money on Maupay, whilst the widely rumoured loan of Broja didn't happen.

Meanwhile, our golden prospect is booked again after another dismal performance.

Pat Kelly
15 Posted 09/11/2022 at 10:57:31
Too fragile for the rough and tumble of the Premier League. But he has a long career to look forward to in the treatment room with Everton.
Andrew Bentley
16 Posted 09/11/2022 at 14:31:48
It's not just a replacement for Dom (who can be counted to be on the pitch more than the treatment table) we need goals across our midfield and attack and creativity (to create chances for a striker).

Defensively we are sound but we offer little threat in the opposition's half, let alone the final third or in their box! We need goals from multiple sources and Gray, Gordon and Iwobi are not going to be consistent here.

Bear with me as I have been impressed with Iwobi and the way he plays but I don't think he creates enough or scores enough to justify his position. Defensively his work rate is outstanding, but I fear that this sacrifices any creativity behind the striker.

If we are going to play a 3 in midfield then I'd advocate for 2 of Iwobi, Onana or Gana. Not all 3. Why not play Maupay off the striker in the No 10 role instead and be more offensive in that role?

On top of this. We need goals and creativity from out wide. None of Gray, Gordon or McNeil are the answer here. Look at all the top teams in the Premier League and they have goals from multiple sources – even Leicester the other night were a great example of goals from Midfielders and wide men. We don't have this.

With our defensive base we could afford to have 2 out and out attackers with a goal threat on our wings. What we have today is hard-working players who flatter to deceive.

Gordon being the prime example – physically he should be destroying defenders with his pace but his lack of quality both in terms of passing/crossing and finishing renders him ineffective for us.

Rather than focusing on replacing Dom, I'd advocate wide attackers who can contribute at least 10+ goals a season to reduce our reliance on a sole striker.

Eddie Dunn
17 Posted 09/11/2022 at 15:51:24
I am exasperated with Lampard's system and he shows no sign of changing it.
It will be the end of him, so I suppose he deserves what he is about to get.
You can't keep making the same mistakes.
Boy does he need a win on Saturday!
Jay Harris
18 Posted 09/11/2022 at 15:51:50
Totally agree.

If you play 3 up front, make sure they are all goalscorers. Ours don't even create chances for anyone but themselves and even then, on the majority of occasions they fail to register.

We used to complain about Barkley, Delofeu, Siggy etc but oh for somebody with their goalscoring ability now.

Andrew Bentley
19 Posted 09/11/2022 at 17:27:42
Agreed Jay. Siggy may have had tortoise speed, like James, but they created (and scored a few) a lot of goals for us.
We’ve not replaced that capability in our team and our set piece delivery is woeful.

We often talk about being one dimensional as a team and we are - we rely on Dom digging us out with pace, aerial ability, skill or strength. But he’s not reliable.

That Kudus from Ajax would have been interesting if we had got him. But it’s the wingers/attackers we need as well.

Look at all the teams above us, most have goals from across their front 3 and we have a total of 7 from Gordon, Gray and DCL.

We are the second lowest scoring team in the prem - that’s our issue. Why is this not being rectified in terms of our formation/player selection? Only the top 3 are better than us defensively

Dale Self
20 Posted 09/11/2022 at 17:40:16
Sorry man but it is time to ignore, yes I mean ignore, those who cannot suit up to play. I'm not suggesting the injured player is at fault or anything of that sort. What I will suggest is that we all have limited synapse capacity for anything that cannot produce a goal, chance-creating pass or other factors contributing to points in the table.

Treat him with respect but do not let him be something that we are waiting for. Time is up and we need points. Sorry mate, get well but we've got things to do.

Raymond Fox
21 Posted 09/11/2022 at 17:53:40
Some players are injury prone and it looks increasingly like Dom is one.

Its not the lads fault that he appears fragile but that no good to us we need him on the field every game.

Fahrad needs to get his cheque book out again and get a good striker if we can find one, and we still don't appear to have a midfielder who can score and create goals for others.

We should be able to get a few million in for 1 or 2 of the out of favour players.

Barry Rathbone
22 Posted 09/11/2022 at 17:59:00
DCL was never the answer when fit.

Frank needs to forget him and get innovative; I found this master plan at Betsw y Coed last tuesday near fairy glen hidden in a Fox's biscuit tin. It's a doozey

Play a rigid 8 at the back and forbid any to cross the halfway line to keep it nil at our end. Instead hoof it to Mina at every opportunity to win headers for the speedy Gray to run onto and score 3 in the first half.

Swap Gray for Gordon at half time and repeat. We win every game 6 nil what's not to like?

Andy Crooks
24 Posted 09/11/2022 at 18:31:42
Not the fault of Dominic; awful news for our club. Great players don't seem to get injured. Best, Ronaldo, Messi, Beckenbauer, Pele. Or do they, and cope and that's what helps them to be great. Trying to apportion blame when a player is injured is just stupid. We need scapegoats and our squad offer a great selection.
Laurie Hartley
25 Posted 09/11/2022 at 21:40:00
Andrew #16 – you are beginning to see the light. The question is where are the goals going to come from in this squad? For what it's worth, here is my five cents:-

I think we need at least 45 goals so we need another 34 starting from next Saturday.

We will get a few from Coady and Tarkowski from set-pieces – maybe 3 each if we are lucky. Possible a couple of wonder strikes from Mykolenko – that's 8 so far.

We are unlikely to get any from Gana, Onana, and Davies. None of them can head a ball or shoot. We might get 2 or 3 from Doucouré if he could find his form from Carlo's season.
The only midfielder we have who can shoot from the edge of the box is Garner – he's a 3- or 4-goals-a-season player so another “maybe” 2 or 3. Iwobi might weigh in with 3. The problem is, they can't all play, so Frank has at least one tough call to make there.

Possible 14 so far (optimistically speaking). So we need another 20 from the forward line. Gordon, Gray, McNeil, Maupay, and Rondon are our options. I am leaving Calvert-Lewin out of the picture because he won't be available until Boxing Day and, after watching the 25-minute highlights of the Leeds v Bournemouth game, I reckon we need at least 2 this Saturday.

The first four have proved that any permutation of them is not going to produce many goals so something has to change.

Here we go – for me, that means Rondon has to lead the line and produce the knockdowns and layoffs for one or two other forwards, depending on his system. By the way, I reckon he would have got on the end of that cross from Gray against Leicester.

Can we get an 8 & two 6s out of them for the 20 goals we need? Gray and Maupay can shoot from the edge of the box and Rondon can get across his marker – that's what he does. So I think we can scrounge the goals from Maupay 8, Rondon 6, Gray 6. That's my starting forward line.

With the players available, I would go 4-3-2-1. I said I wouldn't pick any more teams this season but I have changed my mind.

Patterson, Coady, Tarkowski, Mykolenko
Gana, Iwobi, Garner
Maupay, Gray,

Off to the Nissen hut.

Iain Johnston
26 Posted 09/11/2022 at 22:20:02
I don't know where this 3 up front comes from.

We play 4-5-1, 4-3-2-1 or 4-2-3-1 with the '1' isolated for most of the game and the rest doing their best impression of The Chuckle Brothers.

Laurie Hartley
27 Posted 09/11/2022 at 22:51:05
Iain #26 – there were a couple of mistakes in my post @ 25.

It should have read “is not going to produce many goals” and the line-up should have read 4-3-2-1 – with Gray and Maupay playing off Rondon.

Ed Prytherch
28 Posted 09/11/2022 at 23:04:57
It is too early to write off Dom.

Just look at Danny Ings's career. 14 appearances and 3 goals in 3 seasons with Liverpool, then 67 appearances and 34 goals in 2 seasons with Southampton.

Dom did well playing for Carlo and there is no reason why he cannot get back to that form.

Jim Bennings
29 Posted 10/11/2022 at 07:57:27

It's not too early to write him off I'm afraid.

We've sat and waited a year for him to get fit.

At what point do we say this ain't working?

What if he only plays about 15 games this season?
Apparently he's not even training properly anymore due to a fear of aggravating the injury.

We can put our faith in this type of player unfortunately and it's sad for Dom, he was effective during the Ancelotti era feeding off Digne, Sigurdsson and James deliveries.

I'd push my money on Brereton Diaz, a similar kind of Number 9 but I think with a more cultured touch and finish than Calvert-Lewin.

Tony Abrahams
30 Posted 10/11/2022 at 08:13:34
The thing is Andy, when you have been the only genuine centre-forward, at the club for years, then when you’re not fit, the team really suffers.

We got away with playing Richarlison up there, but did we really? Teams with aspirations definitely have more than one centre-forward in their squad, with the greatest of respect to Maupay, and Solomon Rondon.

Of course Lampard should have rectified this in the summer, because he got two new central defenders in for nothing, so maybe the elephant in the room is the expensive Onana, or maybe it was just the shambles of a squad that Lampard inherited?

Tony Abrahams
31 Posted 10/11/2022 at 08:57:18
When the club is skint and badly hampered by FFP, then even if you did want to write-off the only genuine centre-forward, at the club, I’m sure most people would say that this would be a ridiculous idea?

Years of mismanagement, and managerial changes have left us with a lot of players who don’t know if they are coming or going, and judging by the other night, players who don’t seem to be very committed to the cause.

Maybe Lampard isn’t the right man for the job, but he needs our support right now. He fucked up with his team selection the other night, but Everton have been going out of the cup for years without a real fight, (THIS REALLY STARTED TO ACCELERATE WITH PLUCKY LITTLE EVERTON) and we have got a front three that blow a lot more cold, than they do hot right now. We are finding goals very hard to come by, and this isn’t being helped by the gilt-edged chances that we have not been taking in quite a few of our games.

I hope that the six week break will sort DCL out. He wasn’t very good against Leicester, but it was only on rare occasions he had any support. Dominic looks like a man who has been doing way to much gym work, so hopefully he can try and lose a little bit of muscle, and gain a bit more flexibility, over the next six weeks. This might help take away these little niggles and strains, that he seems to be constantly suffering from right now.🤞

Ajay Gopal
32 Posted 10/11/2022 at 09:41:18
Laurie (25), I like your line-up. With the players currently available, I would like Frank to play this line-up and formation. On paper, we still have some decent options from the bench - Gordon, McNeil, Onana, Doucoure, Vinagre, etc to help change things. But Lampard has to get his starting XI and tactics spot on.
Danny O’Neill
33 Posted 10/11/2022 at 10:15:52
I agree on Calvert-Lewin. He's bulked up too much and carrying too much muscle.

It could be one of the reasons he's breaking down so often. If he's that finely tuned, muscles will go more easily in my experience, although I'm no doctor or physio. Plus for a young player, he's been carrying the forward line pretty much alone for a few seasons. It seems to have taken its toll. A bit like Anthony Gordon, who looks jaded and tired.

I'm probably stating the blindingly obvious now, but right now, let's get him fit and play to his strengths. That's where McNeil may play a part. Also Gray, Gordon and Mykolenko from dead ball situations. The former two if they can just learn to look up up more often.

Ancelotti done it. I'll stand by on that one. Get him fit, get him playing, play to his strengths, and get him doing so more consistently. He's never going to be a Harry Kane or Thomas Muller or Lewandowski. But he's a very good young centre-forward and we're not going anywhere near that level of quality anytime soon.

John Williams
34 Posted 10/11/2022 at 10:15:58
You can throw names into the ring about whose fault it is regarding the team, manager not up to it, poor recruitment, bad players etc. The crux of the matter was allowing people into the club whose one ambition was a brand new stadium.

You need a good side before you think of a stadium – just look around the UK… it's full of good stadiums and poor sides, many whom ended up being relegated from higher leagues.

Total madness.

Laurie Hartley
35 Posted 10/11/2022 at 11:22:37
I suspect, Ajay # 32, that you feel like me – that you can only play the hand you're dealt.

I hope Frank can forget about personalities and select a team that can grind out a few results.

I really worry about us putting our hopes on something wonderful happening in the January window. How many years have we all been banging on about that? I don't think it has ever happened. It's pie in the sky as far as I am concerned. No, we need to face the facts, unsavoury as they may be.

I want our manager to succeed as much as anyone but he has to develop a streak of pragmatism; otherwise, he will go the way of his predecessors.

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