Some Toffees supporters have been reacting on social media lately, after the Liverpool Echo raised the question: “Can Dominic Calvert-Lewin become the clinical finisher Everton need?”
The Blues have been without a leading figure to spearhead our attacks ever since Romelu Lukaku left for Manchester United, with Cenk Tosun, Sandro Ramirez and Oumar Niasse failing to fill the huge shoes left behind by the Belgian.
Calvert-Lewin became the next man tasked with giving us a focal point in attack when Marco Silva instilled the Sheffield United product as his number one striker, but he was only able to end the term with six Premier League goals in 35 games, having scored just twice during a ten game run in the starting eleven.
The £18million-rated U21 international now wants to be rewarded for his increased status by being handed the coveted number nine jersey, as he wants to be remembered more fondly than the two men who last wore the shirt, Ramirez and Arouna Kone.
His limited end product, though, rightly raises the question of ‘can he become the clinical finisher we need?’
He currently offers us great work off the ball, and is more than able to hold up play for our wingers and midfielders to push forward. But there is only so much reliance that can be placed on the shoulders of Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Bernard to score the goals we need to challenge the top six.
Clearly from some of the replies to the Echo’s question, some fans doubt the 6 ft 1 Yorkshireman can be our long-awaited Lukaku successor…
I actually think he’s a decent finisher. Just his movement isn’t good enough and therefore never has enough chances to score.
— Marc (@80sEFC) June 24, 2019
Absolutely no natural finishing ability or positional sense.
— TJ (@tommyjons1) June 24, 2019
Not a chance in hell. He gives a 100% and he’s a likeable character but we need to buy a top striker if we are going to break into the top 6, simple.
— Richard Hughes (@Puckyou1912) June 24, 2019
In a word, no. Love his energy but IMO you can’t teach the composure needed and he doesn’t have it
— Dan Mckeown (@DanMckeown1) June 24, 2019
Watched him for England the other night. His movement just isn’t good enough
— Chris Braithwaite (@chrisbraith85) June 24, 2019
No. You’ve either got it or you don’t. Dom doesn’t
— Conor (@skellasaurus10) June 24, 2019
Would love to say yes as he always puts a proper shift in….but it’s a no. Could be a good impact sub next term, but we need a striker that scares the opposition and scores loads of goals.
— The Loneliest Robot (@_LoneliestRobot) June 24, 2019
— Mark Freese (@scousemouse56) June 24, 2019
No championship player at best
— lee horton (@leehort00928859) June 24, 2019
Accuracy of final shots is his main weakness area…and also his weight 64 kg (internet information) is low for a 1.88m player in terms of physical power…he must gain some muscle (up to 70 kg) so that he could be more dominant within the box..
— Engin Erkan (@engerkan) June 24, 2019