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Dominic Calvert-Lewin says it's hard to put into words how happy he is to be back playing  for Everton and feeling fitter and stronger than he has in a long while after two years of injury frustration.

The striker was coming off the back of his best season of his career in 2021, one in which he scored 21 goals in all competitions and represented England at the delayed 2020 European Championships, when he suffered a serious quad injury.

He would make just 15 starts in each of the next two seasons thanks to niggling hamstring problems and a knee injury sustained just days before the 2022-23 campaign was about to kick off and it seemed at one stage as though he might never be able to stay consistently fit.

Concerns had been raised among supporters that that Calvert-Lewin was being rushed back before he was fully ready under the mamagerial tenures of Rafael Benitez and Frank Lampard, with the club so reliant on their main centre-forward, but Sean Dyche arrived in January this year determined to get to the root of the problem.

The new manager and the club's medical staff set about analysing every part of Calvert-Lewin's routine, including the car he drove and the type of mattress he sleeps on to see if they could find the cause of his repetitive injuries.

Dyche also insisted that he not return to the team until he was fully fit. Though he did make a belated comeback late last season, only to break down again in the penultimate fixture against Wolves, he was able to use the summer to work through a structured rehabilitation plan that included a visit to a specialist facility in Germany.

He had to wait a little while longer before he was able to start a game this season but he now appears to be reaping the benefits of all that hard work.

"I’m not a very patient person," Calvert-Lewin said in the first part of an extensive interview with the club's official website, "but I’ve had to be patient and to repeat the process more times than I would have liked in terms of working so hard to get back and then have another upset, that was the most difficult part because it’s like the cycle repeats again.

“It’s my normal, playing football — and it has been since I was a kid. It reminds you of how precious it is and how much you enjoy doing it when it’s taken away from you.

“I just love it. Playing football is part of my identity so when you can’t do it and you’re not involved, you miss the training, the schedule, the camaraderie of being around the lads and being in it — prepping for games, rather than going home to prepare for a training session on your own or, even worse, in the treatment room.

“I can’t really put into words how happy I am to be back playing. I think you can see it on my face. To train every day and not worry about when I’m going to be back, what I’ve got to do when I’m back. I’m an action man; I prefer to do than to think or to speak, so to be able to do it makes life a whole lot easier.

"I felt like I was perhaps on a steady upwards trajectory and then you hit a road block — that’s when you have to look in the mirror and decide who you are going to be.

“I have a saying: ‘Time waits for no-one, the world keeps spinning’. When you’re sat on the sidelines everything goes on. I was doing well before the injuries, here at Everton and I got myself into a good position in the England set-up but people go past you because you can’t do anything about it.

“It’s hard to be deprived of playing but now to be back… The fire has been lit again.”

It said a lot for Calvert-Lewin's self-confidence and maturity when he requested to switch from the No.29 to the famous No.9 worn by so many Everton legends down the years.

It was a statement of how ready he felt to take that mantle on and he responded with what was a terrific season for him personally in Carlo Ancelotti's only full season at the club, even if the campaign eventually fizzled out along with the club's charge for Europe.

“I absolutely know the responsibility that it comes with and I relish it,” he expained. “I think it comes from who I am as a — my character and what’s engrained in me. I come from Sheffield, the steel city, and I think the people here — Everton Football Club and the city of Liverpool — are not too dissimilar to the people I grew up around.

“I understand them. I’ve always accepted and enjoyed the challenge of how they perceive me as a number nine. I’ve always used that as motivation. It’s definitely something that fuels me. I think, when I’m fit and flying, I play with aggression and energy - and I think that’s how the Evertonians want their number nine to play.

“It gives me great confidence that I can play a big part because I do care about the Everton fans and I’m not one that would ever say ‘I don’t care, I come in and do my job’… I do care about this club. I do care about how the fans perceive me as well. I can be honest and say that.

“I’ve been here since I was a young kid and I’ve grown into a man. I wear that number 9 shirt with pride. I want the fans to back me and put out performances where they can say, ‘He’s our number 9’."


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Tony Everan
1 Posted 11/10/2023 at 07:00:10
It's food for the soul to see Dominic back and fully fit. Us Evertonians need all the good news we can get and the fact that he is back fit and firing is massive for the club. Three goals in four games is a great return and ironically his performance without a goal against Bournemouth was arguably his best of the season.

Not only can he score goals, he works his socks off for the team, his hold-up play and aerial power mean we have an outlet up front and that quality allows the team to keep its shape and stay organised.

Important he's back and also that we have good quality back-up for rotation in Beto. These two will help more than anything else keeping the club in safe waters.

A message to Dominic: it obviously hurt getting booed by a few dozen supporters, probably born out of a general frustration more than a personal attack. But I think it's fair to say 99.9 % of fans love him, support him and appreciate his selfless workrate and goals for the club.

Andrew Brookfield
2 Posted 11/10/2023 at 07:21:10
A fully fit Calvert-Lewin is our best player, our biggest financial asset, and the best hope we have of rising up the Premier League table.

Let him prove his fitness over the first half of the season and then tie him down to a long-term contract before the likes of Arsenal come sniffing.

Steve Shave
3 Posted 11/10/2023 at 07:43:22
Top player, some of the best hold-up play in the league and our talisman. Agree, Andrew, that he is our biggest asset if he can stay fit this season.

Some of the abuse he received on here and from the stands was disgusting and shamed us as a fanbase IMO. I can see him leaving at the end of the season, Barcodes would be a good move.

For now, let's enjoy him being back and give him our full support. Beto must be sick as a parrot.

Tony Abrahams
4 Posted 11/10/2023 at 07:58:24
Interesting mentioning Beto, Steve, because he came in gave the supporters a lift, and then suddenly lost his place because Dominic, has finally recovered his fitness.

Hopefully Beto adapts and then Dyche can find a system that can pair two 6ft-4in centre forwards into the same forward line because they are both quick, they are both strong, they can both play with their backs to goal or run in behind, but can they form a lethal partnership?

Loads of people have criticised Dominic for not being fit but this wasn't valid, imo. How can it be when he has been the only genuine centre-forward at the club for years? No wonder we have been fighting relegation these past two seasons.

Peter Gorman
5 Posted 11/10/2023 at 08:13:33
For fuck’s sake, I hope he hasn't jinxed it now.

I think too many people (especially pundits) wrote us off this season without factoring in the possibility of Calvert-Lewin getting time on the pitch.

Sure, he is not the second-coming of Romario, but he has been an effective focal point for some pretty decent football since at least the time of Ancelotti. We didn't get to see much of that last season but the home win against Palace was pretty much the standout example of how the whole team can play when he is fit.

We're still pretty terrible but, if we carry on in this vein, we'll be comfortably safe. Beto looks like a decent backup for now but it would be nice to see him get more minutes when the scoreline is (not often) looking safe.

Kim Vivian
6 Posted 11/10/2023 at 09:29:59
It's great to see Dom back in action and doing what he does best. Add a few goals and what's not to like. As for Beto - I know we haven't seen much of him at league level but I am somewhat disappointed so far. I thought he was supposed to be quick for his size (I may have got that wrong) but he looked quite sluggish, particularly I thought, against Bournemouth. Chermiti, to me has looked considerably livelier.

Beto's a big unit which is definitely good after having Tyrion Lannister as our back up to Dominic, but I do look forward to seeing him improve.

Let's pray Dom stays fit.

Steve Shave
7 Posted 11/10/2023 at 10:02:25
Agree Tony, I would like to see Beto given time to adapt, he has all the attributes to do well – just don't listen to anyone on the Live Forum!

I'd love to see us play with 2 up top, nobody would want to face those two, just need Sean Dyche to coach them how to play together and not occupy the same spaces.

Mark Ryan
8 Posted 11/10/2023 at 10:36:30
It was bitterly disappointing hearing him being booed off when he had just sustained a fractured cheekbone but that's the modern supporter for you.

Seeing him fit and back in the team is truly like seeing a newly signed player. He looks lean and hungry. I hope he prospers with the likes of Garner and Harrison now in the team for him to feed off. A ray of hope for us going forward this season. He's a class act.

Jerome Shields
9 Posted 11/10/2023 at 10:59:10
I suppose I am one of those who have been critical of his play, which I still am. I am really glad that he is fit and well.

As Tony has said, for years he was Everton's only centre-forward. Pushed forward, badly and changeably coached, little or no third-quarter play, and with all the pressure that an Everton centre-forward will traditionally get from highly expectant fans.

He will be selected before Beto when fit, purely on financial grounds, which is now the root of any decisions at Everton. If he plays to the end of the season, he will be off-loaded, being of value. Beto is a better sub than Maupay.

I still think Calvert-Lewin comes too deep and can't get into the right attacking position as a result and not able to challenge the goalkeeper. This means a defensive line can push up on him, compacting forward play. He rarely attacks the near post and is not a threat on the ground or going past players. He is good at heading the ball and can look good with his flicks.

I think he should concentrate on Ancelotti's one-touch advice, but he does not have the required focus that Ancelotti said is essential. But now at Everton we have other scorers which helps a lot, and were non-existent, except for Richarlison's out-of-the-blue goals. Richarlison never was a passer, which has proved his downfall.

Beto should develop better, having been better coached before he arrived at Everton, with less pressure than Calvert-Lewin had to endure.

The good thing is that Calvert-Lewin's mental health should be a lot better, something Dyche managed well.

Rob Halligan
10 Posted 11/10/2023 at 11:01:34
Mark # 8…

Unless you (not you personally) had been at Villa that day, then the fans in attendance would not have known the true extent of Calvert-Lewin's injury. Most, if not all, thought his hamstring had gone again.

I don't condone any booing of players, and to be fair, it was only a very small minority out of the 3,000 Blues in attendance who did boo. We didn't have the benefit of seeing his face close up on a TV screen, as he walked away down the opposite touchline to the tunnel in the opposite corner.

David Bromwell
11 Posted 11/10/2023 at 11:34:32
Good to read some of these comments as I too think Dominic is currently our best player and I think the manager and his team deserve some credit for finally getting him match fit.

However, I regularly complain about the service to him which to my mind is generally the one-dimensional kick up the middle with Dominic left battling for a knock-on. I also feel that our corners and free kicks lack variety and are simply aimed at our Big Boys in the middle. If we can add a little more variety and quality to our play, then I think we will get the very best from him.

But it is great to see him enjoying playing, and I hope he has the good luck to stay clear of injury.

Barry Rathbone
12 Posted 11/10/2023 at 11:53:25
Jerome @9.

I don't think focus is the weakness with Calvert-Lewin he lacks top-quality technique to slot like Aguerro and others of that ilk.

His goal at Villa was a case in point: he looked far from comfortable approaching the keeper one-on-one but managed to score. The same game saw him with an open goal from an acute angle but the side netting copped it rather than the onion bag. He just can't get his feet sorted quick enough

But I hope it works out he does good work in other areas and we're certainly better for having him in the side.

Mark Ryan
13 Posted 11/10/2023 at 12:02:40
Rob @ 10.

The fans booed because they thought his hamstring had gone? That's okay, is it?

A player gets injured and as a fan he or she thinks "Fuck it, I'll boo him off." Nothing quite like kicking a man when he's down.

I understand and completely get that we were all frustrated with the lad's progress and we were all willing him to get back onto the pitch but finally, on the day he gets a start, he pulls up again. Face, hamstring or lost bollock – how can you differentiate?

He didn't plan to get injured but some booed him off thinking it was his hamstring. It's the modern supporter. It's how they are. Stop booing our own players when they get injured. That's all I would ask. Be frustrated but don't boo him as he heads off the pitch en route to the local A & E. All rather unnecessary and does nothing to rally the rest of the team at that particular moment.

David West
14 Posted 11/10/2023 at 12:13:43
He may not slot like Aguerro. He may not pass the ball like De Bruyne, but he has something that brings the best out of others in the team.

It's no coincidence we've won 3 of our last 4 since he's been back. We've created more, scored more, played better with him in the team.

He's maturing, coming to the prime years now, I just hope he can stay fit, we need him. The breaks probably come at a good time for him to recharge after a few starts on the bounce.

We could see the best of him towards Christmas when he's back to full match fitness. He's going to get 12 - 18 goals I reckon.

Rob Halligan
15 Posted 11/10/2023 at 12:15:16
Mark, I’m not saying it’s right to boo him, but, as you say, I think it was more out of frustration that many thought it was the same old injury gone again.
Neil Lawson
16 Posted 11/10/2023 at 12:30:13
I began reading the comments expecting to find a positive consistency of reactions. Disappointed. We are a different team with Calvert-Lewin leading the line and yet, a number of you are all too quick to be critical of him or of his place at Everton.

Surely, despite whatever shortcomings some of you seek to identify, his name has to be one of the very first when the teamsheet is published.

Kevin Molloy
17 Posted 11/10/2023 at 12:46:02
I think it's pretty clear that, once he leaves, the fans are going to get both barrels from Calvert-Lewin. And you can definitely understand the anger, walking off to boos whilst nursing a broken cheekbone.

I've slagged him and Dyche off a lot the last few months, but they both deserve huge credit for holding their nerve and not rushing him back when the temptation to do that must have been almost overpowering.

I think the club haven't treated him very well either, I suspect it will come out that a lot of his injuries have been as a result of being played when he wasn't quite right.

I think the damage between player and fans is probably done now; I don't see him signing a new contract but at least now we will get a proper fee for him in the next few months.

Dave Abrahams
18 Posted 11/10/2023 at 12:57:57
Neil (16), think Dominic has a lot more fans on here than detractors, I’m one of them, fan, and when he is fit and playing the team benefit to a great degree and we all see players differently.

For me Dominic has always given 100% when fit, I understood when he was going through that lean spell and breaking down with his hamstring injuries.

Yes he has his faults but if he stays fit I have no doubt there will be plenty of clubs, top ones at that, who will pay handsomely for his services, until then I hope he helps us up the league but won’t be surprised if or when he moves on.

Mark Ryan
19 Posted 11/10/2023 at 13:01:07
I think there is a sense amongst the support that we suffer an inordinate amount of injuries and so sometimes we question the backroom staff, the medical team and coaches.

I think sometimes tensions boil over when we see time and time again a player breaking down and, whilst we cannot take our frustration out on everyone else, it is the player who gets both barrels.

I would simply urge some restraint when we might think it's time to boo. I've never booed but then my Dad would have clipped me round the back of the head if I had. I didn't grow up with it.

Anyway, enough of that and back to Calvert-Lewin. He's a class act on his day and so I feel, if we can keep him fit, he'll be the reason we stay up. He gives us that much IMO.

Mark Murphy
20 Posted 11/10/2023 at 13:01:48
We’re a completely different side with him on the pitch and we wouldn’t have gone to the wire if he’d played more last season. I hope he stays for many years to come.
Mark Murphy
21 Posted 11/10/2023 at 13:05:25
BTW Not that it matters but watching the tunnel vision video of last weeks game I noticed Dom doing that “touch heart, lips and raise hands and eyes to heaven” routine as he came on the pitch? Is he a Muslim?? Or is that just a generic footballer thing?
(I suppose it DOES matter if he does Ramadan tho…)
Barry Hesketh
22 Posted 11/10/2023 at 13:07:47
Dominic has always been a bit Marmite when it comes to the views of supporters. I've always thought that he's a decent player who has limitations but never ever hides and gives 100% to the team, regardless.

I suspect his early years in the first team hampered him, and took a toll on him physically, because he was asked to do the running of two players, out on the wings and as a target man. Ancelotti helped him by telling him to remain in an area roughly the width of the penalty box.

He probably won't end up in the pantheon of great Everton number nines, mostly due to the paucity of Everton's squads in recent years, however, he is and has been a very important element of the current Everton team.

We have seen how poor Everton have been without him, and whilst I preferred Richarlison for his knack of scoring goals from barely half-chances, I was always of the opinion that we would miss Dominic more should he have been sold instead of the Brazilian.

I hope that Beto improves markedly in the next few months, because if Dominic does leave the club in the coming year, he will need to be replaced, and there aren't that many of his type available for the fees that Everton can afford. If Beto doesn't improve and Everton don't change their style of play, we will be back to square one.

Would Dominic choose to berate the Evertonians when he eventually leaves Goodison? I doubt he'd do that and it would be totally out of character for the bloke and whilst some may deserve both-barrels, I think Calvert-Lewin is far more popular with fans, than social media would have us believe.

Stephen Vincent
23 Posted 11/10/2023 at 13:22:13
Mark Ryan, I've never booed but then my Dad would have clipped me round the back of the head if I had.

You're not my long lost brother are you? My Dad would moan and whinge in the pub before and after the game but, when the 11 in blue shirts crossed the touchline, they got his unwavering support for the full 90 minutes and he expected nothing less from me.

Calvert-Lewin is for me a fabulous centre-forward on his day, the midfield must love him, there is always an out ball, he is quick, strong, brilliant in the air and, despite what Jerome says, is good on the ground. If we keep him fit, we stay up – simple as.

Mark Ryan
24 Posted 11/10/2023 at 13:32:09
My Dads 91 and no longer inclined to want to clip me ear but I've no brothers that I know of ha ha. He was the same as your old fella and would get a medal for moaning enroute and going home but at Goodison he was always very vocal and supportive, having said that it's the only place where I ever heard the F word come out of him ha ha. Happy days
Stephen Vincent
25 Posted 11/10/2023 at 14:32:58
Mark, my Dad passed 13 years ago today when he was 80 so they were very much of an age. He was an absolutely fanatical Blue all his life as was his Dad and my Son now. My Grandson's first game was Luton a few weeks ago.

Isn't it great to have been brought up proper!!!!!

Mark Ryan
26 Posted 11/10/2023 at 14:59:12
I'm sure he's listening Stephen every time you either go or listen to a match !! He'll he there in spirit and next time you offer your son a Toffee out of the big bag, as his hand goes in, squeeze it just a bit too tight so he can't get one. My Dad always thought he was being hilarious, he never tired of it ha ha
Robert Tressell
27 Posted 11/10/2023 at 15:17:45
A bit like Maguire. Lot of resistance because he's not quite made it as a top class Champions League player. He is however a very good Premier league and England player and fit / on form would walk into our midfield. Also like Maguire, would only work as a loan with heavily subsidised wages. Dont know what his fitness situation is to be honest but not impossible.
Andrew Bentley
28 Posted 11/10/2023 at 15:23:52
This also shows what a bit of competition for your place can do. Beto is raw and needs more time to adapt, but before him when was the last time we had two centre-forward options vying for the same place. Richarlison was always best playing off the left rather than being a target man.

Calvert-Lewin knows he has to perform each week now and doesn't just walk into the side as Beto is there as a better option than what has been before (Maupay, Simms etc). Competition for places is healthy and drives players to be better!

Andy Crooks
29 Posted 11/10/2023 at 15:48:44
Kim @6, I agree.

Beto has potential but on Saturday he reminded me of Rondon with a bit smaller waistline. He looked lethargic and certainly wasn't busting a gut to make an impact. Chermiti certainly was.

Tom Dylan
30 Posted 11/10/2023 at 16:14:50
That's Dominic Calvert-Lewin. He’s our number 9.
Matt Byrne
31 Posted 11/10/2023 at 18:49:28
He was superb on Saturday. A first touch of silk. On that form, he must be one of the best English centre forwards in the country.

Fair play to Dyche. He's got these German trainers to help Calvert-Lewin successfully thus far. Long may his fitness and stellar form continue.

David West
32 Posted 11/10/2023 at 19:37:55
Dom's 26 now. I think these last 2 years have made him realise how short a career a footballer has.

Because of the type of player he is, in my opinion, we will see the best of him as he gets older & wiser.

Think of Giroud, Dzeko & Ibrahimavic these players get better with experience.

I think his all-round game has improved massively, he relishes the responsibility now. He's had it on his shoulders for a while, prematurely in my view.

We should be celebrating the way this lad has played through the pain, through the injuries, rushed back even, when we had no striker, played when his mental health wasn't right, but the lads never complained, never moaned never uttered a word against the club or fans.

Even in the face of boos when he's tried to keep playing with a fracture to his cheek. Even when fans berate him for his fashion sense, taking crap while doing his best, giving his all.

Oh and scoring the goal that saved us from relegation under Lampard.

And people boo him!!

Geoff Lambert
33 Posted 11/10/2023 at 20:32:02
Championship at best.
Jerome Shields
34 Posted 11/10/2023 at 21:40:11
Barry #12,

The focus I am talking about is getting to position for the one touch. He is hit-and-miss with having to improvise in front of goal. The beauty of Ancelotti's advice was it had Calvert-Lewin focusing on getting into position in the goalmouth area. Not coming deep and not being able to get in position.

When Duncan McKenzie signed for Nottingham Forest for a huge fee in his first game he decided he had to get on the ball and came deep to receive a pass. In receiving the pass, he heard Clough shouting, “What are you doing, Sunny Jim, we are not paying you to be there.” During a World Cup in which Clough was a pundit one of the other pundits commented that Karl Heinz Rummenigge was not helping the team, he never came deep to receive a pass. Clough said “He is not interested it is not the job he is paid for.”

Ancelotti gave the example of Inzaghi who was a one-touch specialist, 313 goals in Italy and the sixth highest scorer in European Competitions with 70 goals.

Calvert-Lewin made little of Ancelotti's advice, after he left, which got his highest-scoring season. Probably influenced by know-it-alls at Finch Farm. He then got injured that Summer.

Phil Lewis
35 Posted 12/10/2023 at 07:31:43
I'm absolutely delighted for Dominic. It's been a long struggle where he has had to endure vile treatment from certain quarters of the so-called Goodison faithful. I'm not just referring to his more recent injury issues, but also unwarranted abuse when he first broke into the team.

I have no doubt that the perpetrators of such verbal diarrhoea have never kicked a ball in earnest in their lives. They couldn't have. Otherwise, they could not fail to see an honest player, learning his trade, honing his skills and giving his all for the team. The frustration of the fans at his recurring injury problems are nothing compared to the frustration the player himself suffered. Please God, that is all behind him now, as frankly a fit Calvert-Lewin is the difference between success and failure for us right now.

My memory goes back to Howard Kendall's first tenure at the club. A series of dud signings and a disastrous run of results was signalling the end of his management. Then from out of nowhere an injury-prone crock of a centre-forward by the name of Andy Gray suddenly hit form. The effect throughout the team was infectious, and the rest, as they say is history.

Let's hope that particular passage of the history of EFC will repeat itself, with perhaps a good Cup run this term, before we pull the final curtain down on Goodison Park and start our new life on the waterfront.

Mark Ryan
36 Posted 12/10/2023 at 08:17:02
Good post Phil @ 35
Geoff Lambert
37 Posted 12/10/2023 at 10:08:21
Phil @35 What a load of sentimental claptrap sprinkeld with fairytale dust.

"A fit Calvert-Lewin is the difference between success and failure for us right now." Maybe when this raw kid matures in to a top Premier League goal machine, we can start the 'legend' posts. Oh, hang on a minute – he's in his prime now and if he starts banging in the goals and one of the big boys come a calling, he will be off in a flash.

But that's me with the fairytales now. Average player with limited ability in the box, and next to none outside it. Let's hope he can stay fit and focused this season and chip in with 12 goals.

Dave Abrahams
38 Posted 12/10/2023 at 10:23:52
Good post Phil (35), except to say an injury-prone crock, Andy Gray plus Peter Reid, were only part of the success Everton had. The main part, to me, was the appointment of Colin Harvey as coach the day after the pamphlets were given out urging Everton to get rid of Howard Kendall – the night we beat Coventry City when Peter Reid came on as sub and dragged Everton to a win that started our comeback from nowhere to ultimate Champions of the Football League.

This game, again to me, was the start – not the Oxford Utd game in the next round of the League Cup.

Robert Tressell
39 Posted 12/10/2023 at 11:33:07
Kevin # 17, good on you for that post.

There's quite a few people keeping very quiet on the matter when they had an awful lot to say about him being soft as shit, an injury faker, a laughing stock etc not too long ago.

Hopefully there are no plans to sell. Beto should improve once he settles in but Calvert-Lewin is still clearly our best striker by some distance – and would certainly be getting games at the likes of Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea and many others at the moment.

Ian Jones
40 Posted 12/10/2023 at 11:54:07
I don't understand how some on here can't see that as a team we appear to play better when Calvert-Lewin plays. Can't be a total coincidence.

I am not saying that Calvert-Lewin is the greatest forward but he's ours and I'm happy we have him back playing.

James Newcombe
41 Posted 12/10/2023 at 12:44:29
I remember searching Dom's name on Twitter just after we signed him.

There were a couple of Sheffield United fans saying that they couldn't believe he'd gone to a Premier League team and that absolutely they'd had our pants down for even the sum of £1.5M. What a bargain he's been.

James Hughes
42 Posted 12/10/2023 at 14:15:43

I have to agree with that post. Too many on here called him 'Championship at best'. Not going to go into the comments about his clothing choices.

It is unusual for me to be correct but I posted about Calvert-Lewinafter the Arsenal game, when Silva was still manager. Calvert-Lewin gave both their centre-backs a torrid time that game and was more than a handful.

I hope he stays for a good few years and helps us actually win something.

Jerome Shields
43 Posted 12/10/2023 at 16:23:04

Not coming deep, Not doing anyone else's job for them, always in position, making good on any opportunities and making any defensive line that push up pay for it.


Dale Self
44 Posted 12/10/2023 at 16:41:59
Jerome 43, extra points for invoking Inzaghi. That one does not get mentioned enough on lists of great strikers.
Jerome Shields
45 Posted 12/10/2023 at 17:22:39
Yes, Dale, that is who Ancelotti suggested that Dom should try to follow. I thought it was pure genius on Ancelotti's part and would get Calvert-Lewin on the right track

Unfortunately my Copy Link from YouTube fell flat on its face.

Tony Everan
46 Posted 12/10/2023 at 20:21:44
If anyone's interested, Branthwaite is playing for England U21s tonight v Serbia, free to watch on England YouTube channel.

Serbia just took the lead with an unstoppable finish from Vladimir Lucic of Red Star Belgrade.

Christy Ring
47 Posted 12/10/2023 at 20:48:07
Always a big Calvert-Lewin fan, delighted to see him back and scoring, and hope he's over his injuries. He always gives 100%.

The biggest problem was the likes of Benitez who played him with a broken toe, and other managers who kept picking him when he was cleary not fit.

I have to compliment Dyche who never rushed him back, until he was completely fit, mentally and physically, and you can see Dom is back enjoying his football.

For all his critics on here, who are entitled to their opinion, but how you can look at Everton playing, like last season, when we were toothless upfront without Calvert-Lewin, and scrambling to get a goal, and not breath a sigh of relief to see him back? Remember the Brighton game?

Si Cooper
48 Posted 13/10/2023 at 01:23:47
I think he has come back with amazing sharpness considering how long and rocky his recovery has been.
Just hope he has completely put those niggly injury worries in the past because he is very important for us right now and, at 26, perhaps for a few more years.
Terry Farrell
49 Posted 13/10/2023 at 07:29:45
Love the kid, he is hard as nails, great in the air and quick. Virgil van Dijk hates playing against him! Great first touch.

Bugs me we haven't got a song for him. Geoff Lambert – name a better English Number 9 than Dom? I’ll give you Kane. Who else. You are talking rubbish.

Geoff Lambert
50 Posted 13/10/2023 at 09:33:49
Yes Terry, With our world class strikers to choose from He is no better or Worse than C Wilson,T Abraham,O Watkins & D Ings. Kane is on a diffrent planet to them all."Bugs me we haven't got a song for him" I wonder why???
Rob Jones
51 Posted 13/10/2023 at 14:36:09
Do you have anything positive to contribute, Geoff?
Geoff Lambert
52 Posted 13/10/2023 at 15:14:14
Yes we already have a song for Beto.
Ray Roche
53 Posted 13/10/2023 at 16:58:03
Is it based on the old Paul Anka song, ‘Eso Beso’ ?
‘Eso Beso, oooh that kiss…’

Eso Beto, oooh that miss…..’

I’ll get me coat.

Geoff Lambert
54 Posted 13/10/2023 at 18:25:58
He's got something I don't know what.
Christy Ring
55 Posted 13/10/2023 at 18:57:14
Geoff #50,

I'd call that a compliment, putting Calvert-Lewin on the same level as Watkins and Wilson.

'Kane is on a different planet to them all' — Spurs are playing better football without him, as the table shows.

Terry Farrell
56 Posted 15/10/2023 at 15:35:03
Hi Geoff me again. Sorry mate but Wilson and Ings also have major injury plagued careers and neither are as good as Dom. Watkins is a good committed player who gives his all but I wouldn't swap him for Dom. Please get behind him Geoff you will feel better for it and so will Dom. Positive energy and goodwill is infectious.
Ben King
57 Posted 15/10/2023 at 15:44:32
Geoff talking rubbish in my humble opinion
Brian Wilkinson
58 Posted 16/10/2023 at 16:11:13
Ray, how about the song a swinging safari by Bert Kaempfert, for a Doucoure song.

Doucoure, Doucoure, Doucoure, Doucoure

Doucoure, Doucoure, na, na, na, na, na.

Could even tweak it to Onana, Onana, or in your case, de Beto, de Beto :-)

Brian Wilkinson
59 Posted 16/10/2023 at 16:29:46
Few more we could throw in the mix Ray, Tarkowski, Chermitti, DanJuma, Idrissa, could fit Mylenko in, if we dropped the ko out :-)

Other than that I can not add anymore to try and even get close to the and we love our Psycho Pat song.

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