With youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin featuring 18 times from the start of games for Everton manager Marco Silva in the 2018/19 campaign at the top of the pitch, plenty of fans wonder if the 22-year-old does have the necessary goal return in him to make the position of leading the line truly his own.
With eight goals and a couple of assists returned from his 38 appearances across all competitions last year, the England Under 21 international has now found the back of the net 17 times following his switch from Sheffield United, and although that’s a good return from 51 starts there are a further 42 substitute showings to factor in.
With some reports this summer suggesting that we were tracking Mario Mandzukic and Diego Costa, that naturally cast a doubt on DCL’s potential game time as he continues to develop, and pundit Danny Mills has now questioned whether the youngster has what it takes to regularly lead the line for us.
“Calvert-Lewin has always been deemed to be almost a backup striker. Is he good enough to lead the line for Everton on a weekly basis? I think the jury is still out. He’s still very, very young.”
Given DCL’s potential for further development, and many expecting Cenk Tosun to move on, especially if we bring in another striker, I imagine as many will agree as disagree when it comes to Mills’ comments.