Many Everton fans have been ripping into Dominic Calvert-Lewin for his performance against Liverpool on Wednesday night, as we lost the Merseyside Derby 5-2 at Anfield.
Marco Silva fielded Calvert-Lewin in his starting line-up for the tenth time this season in all competitions, with the Portuguese head coach preferring the former England U21 international as the spearhead of his line-up, while Richarlison and Alex Iwobi offered support from the wings.
Calvert-Lewin’s evening would only return two shots for the 22-year-old, though, with our number nine trying his luck in the 13th and 25th minutes, but without seeing either force Reds ‘keeper Adrian into a save.
As the game rolled on, Calvert-Lewin also never produced a key ball having amassed a total of 20 accurate passes from 28 attempts, while only winning two of his seven aerial duels – each successful battle recorded in the first-half, per WhoScored data.
Only Djibril Sidibe, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Xherdan Shaqiri won a lower percentage of their aerial duels than Calvert-Lewin at 29%, with the trio not winning a single aerial battle between them.
Calvert-Lewin also failed to register a single attempted tackle, and is now without a goal in his last five Premier League appearances.
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Here are some of the messages shared on Calvert-Lewin’s Merseyside Derby performance…
Kean does more in the little time he gets then calvert lewin ever does
— Mikey Farish (@19Farish97) December 4, 2019
Dominic Calvert Lewin.
Proper Everton striker. Doesn’t score goals, but holds the ball up every now and then.
— Marco Silva (@MrMarcoSilva) December 4, 2019
It’s literally like we put Gylfi out to grass in the summer and he’s actually come back a donkey, the whole of that game passed him by. Davies gets left doing the work of 2 men. Calvert lewin and holgate aren’t up to prem standard and Pickford needs dropping for a bit!
— James (@jamesmcduff1) December 5, 2019
Calvert lewin is a championship player
— jaffa (@efc_jaffa) December 4, 2019
How can blues watch Calvert lewin send every first touch to Mars and think he’s good enough to be an Everton’s centre forward
— Keith (@EFCKeith) December 4, 2019
— Nick Jones (@nickjones314) December 4, 2019
Switch to a 4-4-2 and just have a go, hasn’t worked previously but what has? Sigurdsson watching the game go by, DCL ineffective
— Paul O’Brien (@paul69efc) December 4, 2019
Moise Kean doing more in 10 seconds then DCL in an hour. Record that. https://t.co/kPc7LqifGC
— Jack◢ ◤ (@JackEFC95) December 4, 2019
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