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Everton: Calvert-Lewin may have cost Lampard his job

Everton‘s woeful recent form continued on Tuesday night as they were thrashed 4-1 at home to Brighton to increase the pressure on Frank Lampard.

After a bright opening by the Toffees, a mistake by Nathan Patterson gifted Kaoru Mitoma the opening goal to hand Roberto De Zerbi’s side a slender lead at half-time.

Lampard needed his side to provide a big response but he got the exact opposite, as the Seagulls hit three goals in a crazy six-minute spell to go 4-0 up at Goodison Park and surely seal the former Chelsea legend’s fate.

Demarai Gray grabbed a late consolation from the penalty spot after Alex Iwobi was fouled but that did little to satiate the furious Everton fans.

While there were a number of shocking performances on display in Merseyside, a lack of goals in attack has been a huge problem for Lampard during his time at Everton and Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s failure to turn up once again was undoubtedly a big part in Brighton easing to victory.

As per Sofascore, the former Sheffield United man would earn a disappointing 6.6/10 rating for his display, with the striker barely involved whatsoever during his time on the pitch.

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In his 83 minutes against Brighton, the England international would manage just 21 touches of the ball, which was significantly fewer than the 38 touches Jordan Pickford would have against the Seagulls.

On the rare occasions that Calvert-Lewin did see the ball, he was extremely wasteful with it, managing just eight passes in the game, while he also failed to register a single shot on target or a successful dribble.

Perhaps most frustratingly for the Everton faithful was the 25-year-old’s inability to hold onto the ball, as he would win just two of his 11 duels during the game, with Lewis Dunk and Levi Colwill completely untroubled by the striker throughout the game.

Considering Calvert-Lewin is one of the top earners at Everton, taking home £100k per week at Goodison Park, it is shocking that he has just one goal and no assists in the top flight this season.

If Lampard is sacked, then the striker’s failure to replicate his form from previous seasons will no doubt have played a huge part in the manager’s struggles in Merseyside.