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Everton: Lampard could land Calvert-Lewin 2.0 with Gyokeres swoop

Everton are once again struggling in the Premier League after suffering a tumultuous relegation scrap last season and Frank Lampard will surely be thankful for the World Cup break to give him time to re-evaluate the performances and form his team have found themselves in.

The Toffees are now just one point away from falling into the relegation zone teetering on the edge of the bottom three in 17th after losing four of their last five games in the top flight, the inconsistency that Everton have been far too familiar with over the last 18 months.

Lampard has been dealt a poor hand when it comes to a squad who is fit and available as Everton had the worst injury record in the entire Premier League last season, which has yet again become a problem in the current campaign.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has missed the vast majority of his football over the last year with constant knocks and repeats of injury issues following his serious long-term quadriceps injury in August 2021.

The absence of the much-loved Everton striker alongside the exit of Richarlison in the summer has taken its toll on the Toffees with only Wolverhampton Wanderers having scored fewer goals this season so far.

As a result, there is no doubt that Lampard will have no choice but to take a look at the transfer market when it reopens in January and signing a prolific, natural finisher should be an absolute priority.

One player who has been linked with a move to the blue side of Merseyside is Coventry City striker Viktor Gyokeres and owner Farhad Moshiri could seal a similar transfer masterclass as he did with Calvert-Lewin by plucking the player from a lower league for a starring role at Goodison Park.

The 24-year-old talent – who Coventry manager Mark Robins claimed is “hungry for goals” – has scored 30 goals and registered five assists over 85 appearances for the second-tier side with a goal contribution every 173 minutes so far, but it is this season in particular where Gyokeres has flourished.

Over 19 Championship appearances, the Swedish striker has scored nine goals and delivered three assists, as well as averaging 1.2 key passes, 2.8 shots on goal and 5.6 duels won per game, proving that he is a consistent goal threat that could be extremely valuable to Everton.

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Calvert-Lewin captured the attention of the Toffees when he was playing in League One with Sheffield United and has gone on to become a star striker at Everton who has also represented England on the international stage, and now Gyokeres could follow in the forward’s footsteps.

With that being said, the signing of Gyokeres could be a great piece of business for Everton and if the striker did make the move to Goodison Park whilst continuing to flourish in front of goal, it could be a season-changing signing for the club.