Dominic Calvert-Lewin says that it is an honour not a burden to wear the iconic No 9 jersey at Everton.
The 22-year-old selected the number after Sandro Ramirez departed on another loan assignment in La Liga, this time with Valladolid, switching from the No 29 he has worn since breaking into the first team.
While the No 9 shirt assumed legendary status at Goodison Park following the goalscoring exploits down the years from the likes of Dixie Dean, Dave Hickson, Alex Young, Bob Latchford, Graham Sharp and Duncan Ferguson, it has been tarnished in recent years by Sandro and Arouna Koné who managed just six league goals between them.
Although Calvert-Lewin didn't quite manage double figures last term, he has been entrusted as the Blues' starting centre-forward so far this season by manager Marco Silva and he is looking to open his account when Everton visit Aston Villa tomorrow night.
"It is a dream come true to wear the No 9 shirt,” Calvert-Lewin told Sky Sports News. “It is such a big club with a great history and it is something that you dream of as a kid.
"With such a big number comes a great responsibility so I have to accept that on my shoulders and live with what comes with it, good and bad.
"It is not a burden, it is just part and parcel of being a No 9.”
"Being in the best league in the world you are expected to score goals. I am disappointed when that doesn't happen but that is not to say I'm not working on it and trying to improve every day.
"I have been here three years now and I … have definitely grown to be in the position that I am in now in order to try and lead the line as best as I can."
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1 Posted 22/08/2019 at 06:03:29
Hopefully a couple of goals in the next two or three games will add early season confidence and the lad can kick on and really bloom.
2 Posted 22/08/2019 at 06:21:23
Selling Kone a bit short there, considering he scored all six of them himself, LOL.
4 Posted 22/08/2019 at 06:47:30
I can see similarities between the two.
5 Posted 22/08/2019 at 07:07:42
6 Posted 22/08/2019 at 07:09:09
But he's not missed many chances yet bar the header against Palace. The creativity has not been there. And I don't think that's his fault. Though perhaps there's an argument to make that his movement and anticipation in the box could be better?
It will be interesting to see how Kean does but I'm not yet convinced he will score more than Calvert-Lewin because currently the rest of the team are not creating enough chances.
Things are yet to click for us this season in attack but it will be interesting to see which striker/system is being used when it does.
7 Posted 22/08/2019 at 07:19:01
8 Posted 22/08/2019 at 07:24:39
9 Posted 22/08/2019 at 09:26:17
Carry on playing the way you are, learn as you play, the goal rate will improve and so will your game. Plenty of Evertonians are happy with how you are coping, some are not and they are entitled to their opinion but you can bet they want you to do well for our team.
10 Posted 22/08/2019 at 09:30:34
11 Posted 22/08/2019 at 09:45:00
Do you think players really run about thinking, "I'm wearing the No 9 shirt, I have to score today"? It's all just made-up fan-hype isn't it? In reality, I mean. On game day.
If Calvert-Lewin was wearing the No 11 shirt and playing the same role, would he run around thinking, "Oh I'm wearing No 11 today, no problem if I don't score"? Point being, surely performance and the shirt number have no real direct correlation whatsoever.
Whatever shirt he wears, his numbers aren't great when it comes to putting the round thing in the square thing.
12 Posted 22/08/2019 at 09:52:14
We then had the Heath goal at Oxford which gave them some confidence but what did it for Sharp was Gray. He taught him the dark arts of how to back into a centre-back and how to look after himself against the hard men, and Graeme started scoring the scruffy goals from close in to add to the more spectacular ones he had notched against Spurs and Man Utd and then of course that goal at Anfield. He was only potential until he was 22/23 and then he really blossomed, and I expect the same with Calvert-Lewin.
Dominic must be the hardest working striker in the Premier League, holds the ball up well, can go past defenders and is decent in the air. He could do with blasting the ball sometimes rather than trying to slip it past the goalie but he is doing fine.
Kean is going to need help up front and I would love to see the two of them play together. Whether that would mean a 4-3-3 or whatever, I would leave to the more tactically aware – Steve Ferns may have better insight on this – but the boy is doing alright and I do wish punters would get off his back. Some in the crowd tried to destroy Joe Royle before he matured, Heath and Lineker got dreadful abuse at first... encourage DCL and see how he will improve!!
14 Posted 22/08/2019 at 09:58:47
That role only really exists if you want to play Allardyce-style football. Modern teams don't play with a target man; in fact, they have a fluid front 3 most of the time. Look at the very best teams, rarely do they have a larger, battering ram style forward up top. It's all smaller, low centre of gravity players with quick feet and skill these days.
Long gone are the days of a traditional Number 9.
15 Posted 22/08/2019 at 10:00:20
Lincoln is not a match to make comparisons between the two of them, but would IMO give us a good indication who should be our number one striker.
Calvert-Lewin has been given a fair crack of the whip but, for a number of reasons highlighted on numerous TW threads, he just hasn't produced the goods.
If he scores tomorrow night, I'll post an apology.
16 Posted 22/08/2019 at 10:29:31
17 Posted 22/08/2019 at 10:36:35
18 Posted 22/08/2019 at 10:42:19
Harry Kane's Premier League stats are as follows (he's 26 now):
2018-19 - 28 games, 17 goals, age 25.
2017-18 - 37 games, 30 goals, age 24.
2016-17 - 30 games, 29 goals, age 23.
2015-16 - 38 games, 25 goals, age 22.
2014-15 - 34 games, 21 goals, age 21.
Kane has always been a clinical finisher.
Calvert-Lewin's stats in the Premier League:
2018-19 - 35 games, 6 goals, age 21.
2017-18 - 32 games, 4 goals, age 20.
2016-17 - 11 games, 1 goal, age 19.
No comparison in my view.
19 Posted 22/08/2019 at 10:50:10
It would be really nice to see Calvert-Lewin functioning in a better-drilled side surrounded by better quality, better managed players – ie, where we are heading now... With any luck!
20 Posted 22/08/2019 at 10:55:20
21 Posted 22/08/2019 at 11:03:29
Let's see Harry's goals and games from when he was 19, also the teams he was with.
22 Posted 22/08/2019 at 11:09:38
In the context of Everton's overall tactics, the No 9 position is key to Silvas system and Silva will continue to value Calvert-Lewin's contribution.
23 Posted 22/08/2019 at 11:13:13
24 Posted 22/08/2019 at 11:20:03
Is he the sort of player Brands would have bought himself? My guess is that over the next couple of transfer windows, we'll see more non-Brands players being moved on and replaced with his own choices, to create a small but hand-picked squad.
Do Brands and SIlva expect more goals from Kean than they get from DCL? If so, what will DCL's role be in the future, if he carries on being a low-scoring forward this season?
26 Posted 22/08/2019 at 12:11:23
I agree with the references to Sharpy, who did take a while to turn into the player he was, and you must credit Andy Gray's influence there. The same can happen with Dom, as Dunc is his mentor, it's just goals he's lacking.
To me this is the only way the goals will come unless we start to put more crosses over for him. I can't help thinking that he is a bit of a throwback to the target man and unfortunately as the game has moved on and now only one centre-forward is preferred, he's somewhat out of place in the team without a strike partner.
The flack he receives is unwarranted and the lad gives his all every week. I feel for him and wish a goal would come his way, then we might see a more confident player.
27 Posted 22/08/2019 at 12:22:45
"I have been here three years now and I have definitely grown to be in the position that I am in now in order to try and lead the line as best as I can." says Calvert-Lewin.
Goal scoring is what the no 9 shirt is about and 3 years waiting for that not to happen is time enough.
A very decent lad but we need more than that.
28 Posted 22/08/2019 at 12:23:43
2011 - Leyton Orient (loan) 18 games, 5 goals
2012 - Millwall (loan) 22 games, 7 goals
2012–2013 - Norwich City (loan) 3 games, 0 goals
2013 - Leicester City (loan) 13 games, 2 goals
These stats don't really help in my view, since they were on loan in different leagues. I can't compare Kane with DCL side by side because DCL is still only 22, but the point still stands as far as I'm concerned. Kane has always been a clinical finisher.
To give you an idea, when he played for Spurs Under-18s, he scored 18 goals in 22 games.
29 Posted 22/08/2019 at 12:36:36
It's nothing to do with it: the lad doesn't get into the positions to score, he doesn't make the right runs, and when he does get the occasional chance, he doesn't take them.
Sorry, he's simply not good enough. There are no prizes for being nice. Small club mentality.
30 Posted 22/08/2019 at 13:08:46
I know most games are 100mph these days, and chances are limited, but he is NOT a natural finisher, whether it be on the ground or in the air. Mind you he is a converted midfield player, I still hope he improves, and it has not really been tried with him alongside a partner upfront.
Slightly off topic but David Pearl has posted, under General Forum in an attempt to rejuvenate the TW Golf Day, it may be that those who may be interested haven't spotted it yet. (Sorry Eds)
31 Posted 22/08/2019 at 13:25:23
32 Posted 22/08/2019 at 13:41:23
Nail and head mate.
Not good enough and never will be.
33 Posted 22/08/2019 at 13:49:39
When Harry Kane had his first season of success at Spurs (2014/15), it came somewhat out of nowhere. None of his loan spells had been particularly successful, and there were a lot of articles that were suggesting that Kane was going to be a one-season wonder and Spurs would regret not bringing in a top-level striker in that summer transfer window (they got rid of the misfiring Adebayor and Soldado, and brought in Son). We all know how that decision worked out.
For me, the striking difference (excuse the pun) between Kane and Calvert-Lewin is that Kane has always had the goal in his sights. Doesn't matter if he's 40 yards out or in the six-yard box, his thoughts seem to be – "Can I score from here?"
Calvert-Lewin seems to think differently – perhaps because he lacks Kane's explosive two-footed shooting skills.
I've said this before on here, but I vividly remember watching Kane for the England Under-20 side and thinking he would never progress the way he has. Barkley and Lundstram were both in the team, Chris Long on the bench, and Kane looked slow, cumbersome, unaware, and repeatedly seem to get the ball stuck between his feet.
I'm not saying Calvert-Lewin is going to set the Premier League alight with his scoring exploits over the next ten years, but I do think it is possible – Harry Kane showed me that – and as (hopefully) the team around Calvert-Lewin improves, so will he.
34 Posted 22/08/2019 at 14:12:50
35 Posted 22/08/2019 at 14:58:36
The Silva System now is trying to be less dependent on the high press, has a lower turnover midfield and in addition to a fast counter-attack, a high percentage pass completion midfield (Both Gomes and Sigurdsson where over 90% in the Watford game), aided by higher percentage of passes from the two centre backs, which also occurred in the Watford game. Sigurdsson and Bernard are trying to develop more creative roles.
With the development of Gbamin's role (his pass completion rate was 71% in the Watford game), due to him coming up to speed, and the introduction of Iowbi, this will take the development of the Silva System further and the attacking play will be, in addition to wing and channel play, more passing through the centre orientated. This will free up Calvert-Lewin and Kean to make anticipatory runs and get into position faster.
Problem solved and Silva is already working on it. Calvert-Lewin scoring at last.
36 Posted 22/08/2019 at 15:03:39
Dom's ability to make the killer run is simply not there and his poor timing is often his and our undoing. Often arriving too late to connect with great passes which should really be put away. You cannot coach the gift of being a natural goal-scorer, it's God-given. You can use size and aggression with pace and go so far but unfortunately Dom doesn't even do these things well.
My gauge of an Everton player I am undecided about has always been the same... Of the clubs that finished above us in the table last season, which teams would start DCL in their starting eleven? The answer to this question is none of the above. The same applies to Morgan Schneiderlin who I can't believe started at Palace.
We all know we still haven't replaced Lukaku with a top striker but, as per usual, EFC are the club that does charity better than most. If we aspire to join Spurs, Arsenal and Man Utd fighting for 3rd and 4th spot in the Premier League, we need to be more ruthless. It is now quite apparent DCL is a Championship player. I wish him all the luck in the world but don't see a future for him at this club.
The sad truth is Dom simply doesn't have what it takes at the level I hope EFC are aiming to be at. Is Dom better than Tosun? Who knows... but a least DCL has had a fair crack of the whip. Cenk hasn't. We are desperately short up front and it's not fair on Moise Kean to lump the weight of the club on his young shoulders. I'm not sure what we can do striker-wise to be honest. It's been left unaddressed for so long, I sometimes think we will never replace Lukaku.
37 Posted 22/08/2019 at 15:05:18
If he sits out a couple games, it might do him good. However, it's Silva's job to see what he needs to see in training and use the increased options at his disposal.
38 Posted 22/08/2019 at 15:10:21
Calvert-Lewin has loads to learn but he's scored the winner in a U20 World Cup final, and he's doing a seemingly thankless role for the team at present, which I don't think the nearly finished article Sharp (the Master Critic's words!) could have done by himself in his earlier days in a blue shirt.
39 Posted 22/08/2019 at 15:21:11
I fully expect Moise Kean to be our starting striker within a couple of weeks and we shall become a more prolific scoring team because of it. Hopefully we shall remain defensively solid as well. At least people are keeping off Gylfi's back for a few days...
40 Posted 22/08/2019 at 15:36:44
Why is this? Well, if you have teams with 5-man midfields, then that's a lot of congestion in the middle, even the 4-4-2 sides pack the middle as they play narrow to try to limit being outnumbered by the 5-man midfield. This means there's a lot of space down the flanks to be exploited.
As for Silva, he's always favoured getting the ball wide. I can't see that changing any time soon. Expect more drag backs, than crosses, for Moise Kean, but they will still be balls from out wide.
41 Posted 22/08/2019 at 15:57:14
Now he's a legend.
42 Posted 22/08/2019 at 17:02:06
I so want to be proven wrong, but DCL has played a lot of games for us now and, for me, holding the ball up well for any striker isn't enough.
I know Ian Wright started his top-flight career late but he had a finishing instinct and striking ability. I don't see any of this in Dominic.
Just imagine if Reds had to keep going back to the days of Ian Rush. No wonder they laugh at us.
43 Posted 22/08/2019 at 17:27:02
We need only go back as far as Rooney to find a player better than any striker we've had for three decades, and better than any from the RS.
Reds certainly weren't laughing when DCL got us a penalty at Mordor a couple of seasons ago and Rooney converted it.
44 Posted 22/08/2019 at 17:33:29
Sadly, you don't need me to remind you it is around 20 years since we last won there. Any yes, I've had plenty of jokes and snide remarks which have got even worse since 5 times... and now it's bloody 6!
45 Posted 22/08/2019 at 17:38:50
Just point out how Man City are at a different level from the rest, then laughing is the last thing they do.
46 Posted 22/08/2019 at 17:55:36
"I was at Everton and we beat them [Chelsea] in the quarter finals [of the FA Cup], we won 2-0 and I scored two goals. Two weeks before that, that's when Chelsea called me and said, 'The coach we're going to get next year wants you'."
Errr, isn't that a blatant illegal approach. Just shows what a tosser Lukaku was also... and what little respect he had for Everton.
And as for Chelsea, "The coach we're going to get next year; low-life club with a laughable disrespect for any rules".
47 Posted 22/08/2019 at 18:28:36
48 Posted 22/08/2019 at 18:36:15
Anyone who tries to claim a youngster's breakthrough goal like he did Tom Davies's against Man City is just a gobshite, did I call him that already?
Started whingeing when he was no longer the bigshot at Man Utd and started to say how he's always wanted to play in Italy, blah, blah.
Gobshite through and through.
That's me used up my daily complement of "gobshite" for the day, unless I see one of "them" wearing the shirt to go the pub on a Thursday, as they're prone to do.
Gobshites! (That's one less I've got for tomorrow.)
49 Posted 22/08/2019 at 18:49:29
You'll run out of things to say to them tomorrow at this rate.
50 Posted 22/08/2019 at 19:05:04
Sadly, I don't see enough instinctive actions from Calvert-Lewin despite his undoubted work for the cause. Keane fashioned a chance for himself last week with pure instinct that just rolled the wrong side of the post.
51 Posted 22/08/2019 at 19:07:58
52 Posted 22/08/2019 at 19:15:57
I just can't understand why so many people are making excuses for him, when it's patently obvious he's not a natural goalscorer.
53 Posted 22/08/2019 at 19:28:15
Give him a bunch of chances in a game and he's bound to bang in goal or two. It's the whole team's responsibility to provide him with goal-scoring chances, he can't do it all on his own.
This is Silva's puzzle, how to get us more creative; we have the skillfull pacey players around him, it's up to Silva to get them going.
54 Posted 22/08/2019 at 19:48:43
I typed 'gobshite' into Google maps to demonstrate it wasn't a compliment. He is now aware that when I call him a kopite...
So, go ahead and substitute kopite for its true meaning, Brian. That means you've got a few left today.
55 Posted 22/08/2019 at 23:26:12
I agree that Silva will continue to play the large percentage of his attacking play via the wings, but not at the rate of 85% as currently. I expect the centre attacking play to increase from the current rate of 15%. I also agree with your theory on congested midfield. But even a small increase in the 15% would make a difference. The thinking is that this will make it difficult for opposition teams to set up shop and create more space and chances.
Gueye's tackling rate against Watford last time was 20 tackles; the tackling rate this times was approximately 10 tackles from defensive midfield. It's nearly impossible to replace Gueye, so things have to change.
I noticed that Keane and Mina were coming out of defence more and were quite effective at successful pass completion. Looking at the stats, I also noticed that both Gomes and Sigurdsson had high pass completion rates. This was particularly so in the first half.
I didn't think there was as much emphasis on the high press. Of course, Watford did push up in the second half, but Walcott was brought in to maintain shape rather than to add to the high press.
I just got the idea that Silva is trying to add to the success of last season by turning Everton into a more passing side, particularly in the middle and final third, maintaining possession for longer than Everton have been in most games.
This is not a change, but an addition to progress already made. It wasn't perfect and play was not adjusted totally and at times was laboured, but there was a different feel about Everton in the first half and for parts of the second half.
The addition of players like Gbamin, Iowbi, Delph, Kean and Mina (who would never have got to Barcelona if he could not pass) means that the way Everton will play will change. Calvert-Lewin's role will change as well.
Sigurdsson, as you have pointed out, has been more of an attacking midfielder, I think that Sigurdsson and Bernard will progressively take up more creative roles, as Gbamin improves and Iowbi joins the play.
Silva, as you have said, favours the wing play. You have provided well-researched evidence in previous posts to convince me. But there is the additional factor of Brands's influence and his belief he can take Silva to the next level.
Brands and Silva are building on the traditional strengths of Everton play, as Brands said they would in his first interview as Director of Football. I think Everton are slowly starting Stage Two of the development plan.
56 Posted 22/08/2019 at 00:11:30
Nobody at the club is saying Calvert-Lewin is the complete striker. I'm certain they know he isn't, at this moment in time anyway. They've seen something in him that makes them think he might become that though. Are we going to be a club or more importantly, are we currently in the position to be a club who only sign the finished article?
The club are hoping that his development continues on the same trajectory as last season. He undoubtedly visibly progressed last season when he got a consistent run of games at centre-forward.
Silva and brands have had a good think about what his ceiling is and whether he'll ever make it? Brands explicitly said he didn't want to bring someone in who would block Calvert-Lewin's development.
Ultimately, Silva knows his job is at risk if he manages a team that doesn't score goals as results will be impacted. He won't have taken the decision lightly. They've decided there is a player there that they can work with and develop. He might or might not become a top striker, I'll trust their judgement and get right behind him.
The club can't win: take a short-term approach and get criticised for not thinking long-term. And, when they do try to take a long-term view, that's not good enough either.
57 Posted 23/08/2019 at 08:58:07
He didn't feature again until December 1981 when he scored once against Swansea. He played most of the season in 1981-82 and ended with15 goals. However, he was still not the finished article in 82-83 and was dropped in early 83-84 when Andy Gray was signed. At that point, 3½ years into his Everton career, many fans thought him not good enough and was dropped for the 1984 FA cup semi later that season.
Really, it was only when he voted in the 1984 FA Cup Final against Watford that he finally had the confidence required to lead our attack. In 1984-85, he was superb and struck 30 goals, but this was now 4 or 5 years after signing and he was 24 or 25.
Calvert-Lewin is only a couple of years into his Everton career and is still only 22. The maturity is coming, be patient I say!
58 Posted 23/08/2019 at 08:58:25
The comparisons to Sharp are equally relevant and superfluous in my view. Some similarities, hold-up play etc, but a different period and a different time. Comparisons with Kane, possibly a tad unfair and again, different player, different set-up.
I have no idea how the lad will progress. Has he improved? Yes. Will he continue to improve? No idea.
However, his stats aren't as bad as some are making out, in my opinion.
We shall see!
59 Posted 23/08/2019 at 09:06:42
He looks a big lad, footballers must be shrinking!
60 Posted 23/08/2019 at 09:12:46
That's one goal every 3.29 games!
Is that so bad for a young lad in a very inconsistent team?
61 Posted 23/08/2019 at 10:41:51
He's been at Everton for 3 years now. He was brought in for his potential. A cheap diamond in the rough. Well, he's no diamond rough or otherwise. Apparently his current worth is £18 million compared to Kean's £36 million and Kean is also 3 years younger.
We've been griping about the lack of a replacement for Lukaku since he went and now, in Kean, we have one and at some point, hopefully tonight, he will lead the line. Calvert-Lewin does his best but he's simply no threat. If he had what it takes to be a great striker, we would be seeing it by now. Time for someone new to be given a chance.
This is our chance to continue the decent start we have made to the season. We can't afford to blow it with misplaced sentimentality about DCL. Kidding ourselves that he's suddenly going to burst into life and start knocking them in. We must put our strongest side out as often as we can... so, if Kean is fit, play him.
62 Posted 23/08/2019 at 11:42:22
Comparisons are only relevant to a degree. For example, in my era, Sharp had a much better strike rate than Heath, but would you have gotten rid of Heath? Just an example!
We replaced Lineker with...? And what happened? Obvious examples with big results, I know. However, if Keane proves to be a better player then Calvert-Lewin, great. It doesn't mean we have to get rid. Not all strikers have to be Lukaku and Kane.
Did Spurs and Man Utd do better than Liverpool or Man City last season? Which ones have the better traditional goalscoring No 9s? Maybe, just maybe the English game is getting away from that.
Also, footballers develop at different rates. Our own Osman being an example. Some come onto the scene early, create havoc and then are gone! We have had quite a few of them!
Saha – 2008–2012: Everton – 97 games, 27 Goals
Campbell – 1999–2005: Everton – 137 games, 36 goals
Ferguson – 1994–1998: Everton – 107 games, 35 goals
Ferguson – 2000–2006: Everton – 123 games, 23 goals
And these chaps are considered legends! If we judged them on strike rate alone? Well. would they be considered legends?
71 Posted 23/08/2019 at 11:53:55
They do if you want to get in the top 4 or win something. The fact is that any side that has pretentions of greatness has to have a top flight 20+ goals a season striker in their squad.
Calvert-Lewin is not that striker. Whether Kean is remains to be seen. But we won't find out if he spends his time warming the bench while DCL huffs and puffs for not much return on the park.
73 Posted 23/08/2019 at 11:57:34
74 Posted 23/08/2019 at 12:03:35
Sterling and Saha for example are not No 9s.
We need Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Gomes, Gbamin, Iwobi etc getting their fair share, with the likes of Keane, Mina, Digne chipping in too!
That is what top teams do!
75 Posted 23/08/2019 at 12:23:48
Kean is the lad to step in if he fails again today.
I still don't understand the Delph and Iwobi situations?
76 Posted 23/08/2019 at 15:40:27
He scored a boatload, I know albeit in the Turkish league, but he has also scored hat-tricks in the Champions League too, so he can't be as bad as a lot on here would make out. When he has played, he tries just as hard as Calvert-Lewin and he makes proper forward runs. If we want just a hold-up merchant, then get big Dunc back in blue!!!
Everyone saying he doesn't score as he doesn't get the service — that's rubbish. Kean made 2 great chances in 15 minutes out of nothing last week!!! Sooner he's ready to start, the better for us to start climbing the table!!!!
77 Posted 23/08/2019 at 15:51:20
So, if he's not going to score, what else can he do? Well, he seems to be lacking in his ability to hold the ball up, to link up play, and to stretch defences. Playing him means that we are slower in attack and lose a lot on the counter-attack. In short, he is not quick enough for Silva's tactics and offers little to compensate.
78 Posted 23/08/2019 at 16:17:46
Now start warming up, we have a game to play soon.
79 Posted 23/08/2019 at 16:21:43
80 Posted 23/08/2019 at 16:22:03
81 Posted 23/08/2019 at 16:41:02
Sad that Bury could be out of business in a few hours. Right after they won promotion.
82 Posted 23/08/2019 at 16:50:56
83 Posted 23/08/2019 at 22:18:15
And then we play Villa. How did the responsibility go, Dom?
84 Posted 23/08/2019 at 23:12:26
It's an insult to even mention Calvert-Lewin in the same breath.
85 Posted 24/08/2019 at 00:22:33
Tosun aside, we don't appear to have an out and out striker. Tosun doesn't have the pace or energy Silva requires for the role.
If the goals are shared around the team that's okay but sadly we don't appear to be doing any shooting practice.
I'm hoping Kean steps up in the next few weeks to be the main man capable of scoring 15+ goals this season and improving year on year.
But right now Calvert-Lewin is being given a chance. We need to create more opportunities for him because we have lacked creativity and are left frustrated shooting from distance.
It's the same problem as last season. We put trust in good young forwards but are not helping them enough. I think Kane, Aguero, Ronaldo would struggle to score feeding of the scraps we create.
Silva is not getting it right. A shame because some of the football is good but he needs to fix the issues ASAP before we are left looking for another manager.
86 Posted 24/08/2019 at 00:40:47
James Marshall, 11, yes, a lot of players do care about the number on their back. If they didn't they wouldn't go changing their number as soon as a "better" one is available.
Barry Williams, the only reason Saha, Campbell and Ferguson are considered legends is because they managed to knock in a goal or three at very crucial times - Campbell at Anfield, Saha a double to beat Chelsea, the early FA Cup final goal, and a few crucial 1-0s early on, Ferguson his goals against Man Utd 10 years apart.
In all honesty, Campbell was a journeyman striker, Saha a very useful one when fit, and Ferguson could be one of the most built-up, overrated footballers I've encountered. Not legends to anyone outside Everton (or Fulham).
87 Posted 24/08/2019 at 06:26:42
A Number 9 worth his salt would have scored that chance to make it 1-1 last night, just like in our last 2-0 defeat at Craven Cottage in April. Déjà vu, mate; sorry but we can't take you seriously.
Talks a good game but he's scored THREE goals since December 2018 — that's a damning stat.
88 Posted 24/08/2019 at 07:04:59
I know football is about scoring goals, and also keeping them out, but Calvert-Lewin was one of our better players last night (maybe not saying much) and definitely better than Sigurdsson, Bernard, and Richarlison. I think Silva's subs were accurate, except maybe for Walcott, who shows the same complete lack of desire as Schneiderlin, imo.
I personally hope we can get Delph fit, because we are going to struggle if we don't. I'm not even being funny when I say I struggle to watch Everton when Schneiderlin is in the engine room because he honestly reminds me of an over the hill footballer (from the over-40s) who keeps playing it too simple because his body won't let him do anything too strenuous anymore.
It's soul destroying to watch, and as bad as Gomes was last night, he had my sympathy, because his partner offers absolutely nothing, and even gives you the ball when you don't want it, simply because you are the nearest man to him, and he doesn't really want the ball himself... SO PAINFUL.
89 Posted 24/08/2019 at 07:24:39
He's 23 in March and he's not ever even been as good as Cadamarteri or Anichebe was.
Makes brainless runs that don't ever get behind a defence and I don't think in two years I've seen him strike a ball cleanly and hard.
Likeable lad but it's a sorry state of affairs the money we have spent and yet still have to fall back on a striker plucked from League One and the status of the guy shows.
90 Posted 24/08/2019 at 08:24:32
Calvert-Lewin, as others wrote, is just not good enough, time to play the new kid, week-in & week-out.
91 Posted 24/08/2019 at 17:55:57
92 Posted 25/08/2019 at 01:51:29
I'm not sure what similarities you're seeing between Calvert-Lewin and Graeme Sharp. Sharp scored 15 in his 1st full season (81-82) and was a consistent scorer in all bar his last season with us. Indeed only Dixie scores more than Sharp in our entire history.
When he first broke into the team Sharp was 21 and scored his volley against Spurs not long afterwards that is kind of seen as his first big moment in the first XI.
Calvert-Lewinsimply doesn't look like scoring whether it be from a header, a volley, a tap in or a deflection of his arse!! He wouldn't get a game in any other Premier League team and yet we have aspirations of breaking into the Top 6 and then 4. Not a chance when our “No 9” couldn't find the goal if you gave him a SatNav!!
93 Posted 25/08/2019 at 02:36:45
But maybe that's ambitious as Dunc had more innate ability than Dom and could always motivate himself for the big fixtures. I'm not sure Dom would ever be able to do that.
I think one of Dom's biggest strengths is that he'll follow the managers instruction to the letter which is why all the managers love him and he's become a regular fixture. That strength could also be argued as weakness because he hasn't got the natural ability to do something magical.
94 Posted 25/08/2019 at 05:49:28
95 Posted 25/08/2019 at 06:44:44
96 Posted 25/08/2019 at 07:17:25
We glean nothing anyway from Calvert-Lewin scoring against Lincoln, they are a League One team and thats his main level of scoring, just look at last season, two of his 8 goals came against Rotherham.
97 Posted 28/08/2019 at 00:35:23
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