Everton travel to Tottenham Hotspur this evening knowing that it will take a very strong performance to come away with points against a team who are yet to drop any at home in all competitions this season.
Coming off the back of a disappointing performance and result at home to Manchester United last weekend, Frank Lampard will be keen to see more from his team today. However, he will be wary of how he lines them up in north London, as his decisions in this fixture last season led to a 5-0 rout for the hosts.
One positive from the defeat to the Red Devils was the return of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who came off the bench to earn vital minutes for Everton.
This marked his first appearance in the Premier League this term, having been ruled out initially with a knee injury and then suffering numerous smaller recurrences which kept pushing back his return date.
However, he finally seems fit and ready to return to action fully, and hopefully bring a new element for Lampard to utilise up top.
When given a chance, Calvert-Lewin does have the ability to take it with lethal precision. However, he offers this Everton team far more than just goals.
Standing at 6 foot 3 but possessing frightening speed, he has a wonderful ability to occupy a whole backline all on his own. He has ranked in the top 4% among strikers in Europe’s top five leagues for aerial duels won over the last 12 months, meaning he might be able to trouble Spurs’ back three and link up with whichever wingers Lampard might deploy.
With Anthony Gordon suspended this evening, the Sheffield-born striker will be a particuarly welcome addition to the forward line to hopefully feed off the deliveries of Dwight McNeil.
Josh Wright of WhoScored has dubbed the England international “a beast in the air”, and Calvert-Lewin will need to be just that to potentially score an all-important goal to grab some points for Everton.
Whilst Neal Maupay offers some bite and relentless running up front for the Toffees, he is no match for the physical marvel that is Calvert-Lewin. If fit, the 25-year-old must start against Tottenham today.