Everton will head to St James’ Park tomorrow night in a Premier League clash with Newcastle United, and Frank Lampard’s side will be desperate to pick up points after suffering consecutive defeats in their last two games.
The Toffees have been looking like they had taken huge strides in their form following the previous campaign that saw the side struggling to retain their top-flight status until the penultimate game of the season, but some of the problems of the past are starting to creep up yet again.
Despite sorting out their defensive issues by showing promising improvements in their performances and adding quality signings in the back line, Everton are still struggling to improve their goal-scoring opportunities.
Following Richarlison’s exit and Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s unavailability due to ongoing injury problems, Everton needed to identify players during the transfer window that could not only replace the club’s best goal scorers but also add even more quality to the final third.
The Merseysiders signed former Brighton and Hove Albion striker Neal Maupay to add more goal contributions to the team, but after five league appearances the French forward isn’t exactly lighting up Goodison Park with his presence.
The 26-year-old who was dubbed “wasteful” by writer Tom Childs has scored just one goal with no assists or chances created so far, failing to make a single dribble attempt and only converting 10% of his shots. It shows that the player is offering very little to the Toffees and is lacking a creative spark in order to deliver for his fellow forwards.
As a result, Lampard must unleash Calvert-Lewin against Newcastle now that he is fit and available for selection to give Everton their best chance of taking all three points from their clash away from home.
The Toffees striker has scored five goals and delivered one assist in his ten meetings with the Magpies, which is his best offensive record against any other Premier League side so it is a no-brainer for the centre-forward to reprise his role in the starting line up to replace Maupay.
The 25-year-old who was hailed “exceptional” by Sky Sports journalist Pete Graves has featured only twice this season from the bench but now Lampard must seize the opportunity to capitalise on Calvert-Lewin’s hunger for goals against Eddie Howe’s side.
With that being said, there is no doubt that Calvert-Lewin should start in the team over Maupay and is likely the missing piece to improve Everton’s struggle for goals this season.