Everton fans continue to have high hopes for 22-year-old youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and manager Marco Silva certainly has faith in the lad given the game time he gets.
The biggest question for most fans has always been would he develop into the kind of attacker that could lead the line and, as he gained experience, would he be the type of striker that could guarantee double figures, season in, season out.
His goal record when compared to starts is pretty good at Goodison Park really, following his arrival from Sheffield United back in the summer of 2016. 54 starts with 17 goals returned, although 44 substitute showings do put a different reflection on that.
So far in the 2019/20 campaign, he’s yet to find the back of the net in his three starts and two substitute showings, and former England international and now pundit, Darren Bent, has recently expressed some concerns as to whether he can become the player it seems Everton appear to want him to be.
“I don’t really like saying it but Calvert-Lewin. He had the under-21 championships with England where it didn’t go to plan. Because of how he did last season, I thought this was his year. He was going to be Everton’s main man, he was going to address the lack of goals Everton have had. I thought this was going to be his season, he got the nod for the first two games of the season and not managed to do it. At the moment he’s disappointed me a little bit. I thought he was ready, all I read about him pre-season was he was looking brilliant and ready to go. It’s not quite happened for him yet.”
Bent is definitely right to not write him off just yet, but this is the problem with expectation levels and the media building players up when they still have plenty of learning still to do. Let the lad keep developing and let’s just see where he ends up.