Everton face Atalanta in their opening Europa League group game in Bergamo on Thursday night, and Toffees fans want Dominic Calvert-Lewin to be handed the striker’s role.
After starting the Merseyside outfit’s first two Premier League matches of the season and picking up assists in both matches, the 20-year-old has found himself on the substitutes’ bench for his side’s previous two top flight clashes against Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Sandro Ramirez preferred in the attacking positions.
However, the young centre-forward replaced the latter at half-time in Ronald Koeman’s side’s 3-0 defeat to Spurs on Saturday, and he will be pushing for a start in Italy with a tough-looking clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford to come on Sunday.
Everton supporters were quick to have their say on Calvert-Lewin ahead of the Atalanta fixture, with some saying they would ‘despair if he doesn’t start up top’.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
I know it's still early in the season but if DCL doesn't start up front and Kenny not given a chance after Spurs result I will despair #EFC
— C (@chughs67) September 14, 2017
A winger would be nice With Calvert Lewin up top!!! He has to start with him, a lot off pressure on that kids head but he's got to start,
— Steven crawford (@Stevenc70919090) September 14, 2017
Ronald Koeman needs to Sort his Tactics Out bin Martina and bring in Kenny That Needs to happen Calvert Lewin Needs a Start Upfront as well
— Andrew Vale (@Toffees24) September 13, 2017
Honestly would be made up to see Calvert Lewin start up top with Sandro
— TheEvertonForum.com (@TheEFCForum) September 13, 2017
My team for tomorrow 👌🏼⚽️💙
— 💙Jags6 ⚽️ EFC 💙 (@BlueSarah1878) September 13, 2017
Holgate Keane Jags Baines
Vlasic Sigurdsson Lookman
— jack (@_jackgs97) September 14, 2017
Embassy focus points 😂 start DCL up top & some urgency tonight please Everton, all looked like they were wearing wellies v Spurs
— Jay Evans (@Jay_No_Z) September 14, 2017