Everton have now found their chances of survival even more dismal after losing to their relegation rivals Burnley last night, and the consistent string of poor performances from the side are really starting to take their toll following their fourth defeat in the last five Premier League games.
Despite being handed two lifelines with penalties awarded to the Toffees at Turf Moor, Frank Lampard and his team were unable to take control of the game at any capacity which ultimately led to three goals being scored by Sean Dyche’s side over the course of the game, with Maxwel Cornet delivering the sucker punch winner in the 85th minute to end the game 3-2.
Overall, Everton were yet again unable to find a goal in open play with only one goal scored in the Premier League prior to the clash since the beginning of February, and the lack of goals is what could ultimately cost the Merseyside club their top-flight football, with one player, in particular, failing to impose himself yet again.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has had an abysmal season but has to be given the benefit of the doubt to a certain degree when you consider his injury problems this season that has led to his absence for the majority, however since returning in the turn of the year, the striker has failed to make his mark.
With only 12 Premier League appearances so far this term, the 25-year-old goal-scorer has only netted three goals and has not found the net since the 28th of August 2021 in the victory over Brighton before his injury took him out of the squad for the next 16 games, unable to find the back of the net in his nine appearances since he returned.
The Everton forward who was once hailed “outstanding” by former manager Carlo Ancelotti has been anything but in 2021/22, offering up the typical performance we have seen from him over the last few months with not a single shot on target against Burnley according to SofaScore.
Calvert-Lewin also lost 100% of his dribble attempts and the majority of his duels combined (15/23), as well as losing possession of the ball in every three touches throughout the tight game on Wednesday evening.
The Toffees boss must find a way to inject some confidence into the Englishman to get back to scoring in time for the difficult fixtures Everton must play in their battle for safety with Arsenal, Liverpool, and Chelsea all still ahead of them. There is also the matter of a game against Manchester United coming up this weekend at Goodison Park.