Everton host West Ham United at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon as Frank Lampard hopes that his team can maintain their unbeaten run, and they could be set for a huge boost in their pursuit of their first Premier League win this season.
The Toffees manager took to his pre-match press conference to give an update on Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s condition and availability for the game on Sunday.
When asked about the striker’s chances of being involved tomorrow, Lampard revealed: “Close, we’ll see come Sunday whether he’s ready to start a game or not.”
“We have to be careful with him, obviously, because he had a difficult injury, so we’ll see for the weekend.”
There is no doubt that Lampard will be content with his team taking four draws from their last four league games, but there is certainly room for improvement, and finding that final push to turn draws into wins is the key to having a much more comfortable season.
The return of Calvert-Lewin could be the perfect boost that Everton need in their team to take their performances to the next level, as a prolific finisher is desperately needed in the forward line at Goodison Park.
The Toffees have had an impressive 77 shots on goal and 28 on target so far in the 2022/23 Premier League, along with creating seven big chances. However, they have only scored five goals, with a shooting accuracy of 36%, so bringing Calvert-Lewin back in the team would be a great opportunity for Lampard to pick up his first win of the season.
Indeed, the Everton striker is the highest-scoring player in the current squad, with 58 goals and 18 assists over his career at the club so far giving him a goal contribution every 163 minutes, and more recently he was the linchpin in Everton’s successful fight against relegation in 2021/22.
Despite being injured for all of the current campaign so far and only making 17 league appearances last season, the 25-year-old goal machine turned up when it really mattered and provided his team with the most important goal of the season when he found the winner against Crystal Palace in the penultimate match of the campaign to secure Everton’s top-flight status.
The return of Calvert-Lewin will be warmly welcomed and highly anticipated at Goodison Park, with his hard work and quality in front of goal potentially giving his team and manager the best chance to pick up their first league win of the campaign against West Ham tomorrow.