With a club as frustrating as Everton, there are bound to be players who stand out above the rest as particular figures of irritation to supporters, one of which being Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Despite his overall inconsistency on the pitch, the England youth international was the hero against Sheffield Wednesday this week as the 22-year-old netted both goals for the Toffees to send the Merseyside club to the next round of the League Cup, a fitting way for Calvert-Lewin to mark his 100th appearance for the Premier League side.
Making it to triple digits in appearances for a club is no small feat in this era of football where players change clubs more frequently than ever, yet Calvert-Lewin’s case is an interesting one, as even after this impressive milestone for Everton, the striker still remains a complete question mark as to where he stands at the club.
As numbers from Transfermarkt show, the Blues number 9 has scored just 20 goals and assisted a further 10 during his time on Merseyside, with last night being only the second time in Calvert-Lewin’s Everton career that the former Sheffield United striker has scored more than twice in a game, a poor record for an attacker playing as frequently as he does.
Yet this underwhelming tally of goals again backs up Everton’s problem of having a group of frustrating players. After all, Calvert-Lewin was named England’s U-21 Player of the Year in 2018 following an impressive calendar year with the young Three Lions despite never being able to score in two successive games for the Toffees as numbers from Transfermarkt show.
After 100 appearances, we should be able to grasp what Calvert-Lewin is all about and how he could fit into the club’s future plans, yet even after hitting this career milestone, we are still nowhere near understanding where the striker is heading, or if the youngster will ever hit his once-promising potential.