Dyche suffers a huge blow as Everton’s talisman a major doubt for Merseyside derby
A significant setback for Dyche as the Everton talisman is questionable for the Merseyside derby. Everton are yet to be sure of Calvert-Lewin before their Merseyside derby.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s absence from the tense Merseyside derby has dealt Everton a severe blow. Following a victory over the league’s top team, Arsenal, Sean Dyche will face another significant challenge against local rivals Liverpool.
Everton had to call off Calvert-Lewin early against the Gunners
Making Calvert-Lewin fit will be essential as the Toffees gear up for a relegation battle, Dyche remarked when he took over the managerial duties at Goodison Park. Although a victory against the Gunners helped boost morale, it is still early and work has to be done.
Neal Maupay replaced Calvert-Lewin in the 62nd minute of the match against Arsenal. According to Liverpool ECHO, Dyche later said that the Englishman was brought off as a preventative measure since the striker was dealing with a hamstring problem.
“We will have to wait and see. I don’t think it is a drastic one but he needs to settle it down so we will probably give it two days before we scan it just as a precaution at this stage.”
The mediocre performance of Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Calvert-Lewin has struggled with injuries this season, which has hurt his confidence. Despite this, he remains the team’s finest striker, and EFC depends on him in the attacking third. Calvert-Lewin will score goals and aid the Toffees in their struggle for survival once he begins to play frequently and accumulates a run of games.
According to sources, Calvert-Lewin is now a serious doubt for Monday night’s derby game against Liverpool. The athlete felt discomfort in his hamstring during the 1-0 victory over Arsenal but has not yet returned to practice. The 25-year-old underwent a scan, but no serious damage was found; yet, the striker is still in pain.
If Calvert-Lewin is released, Dyche could now need to make a significant pick. The 51-year-old may elect to use Neal Maupay or give Ellis Simms a significant opportunity. Given that the Monday derby is still two days away, Calvert-Lewin still has a chance to play.
Maupay received a lot of criticism for his inability to make an impression since moving to Goodison Park in the summer, but he performed admirably in his cameo against Arsenal. Dyche may have stopped Simms’ loan transfer for circumstances like these, where the 22-year-old might be useful and provide the Toffees’ attack force with much-needed insurance.