That’s according to a report by BBC Sport, who claim that, having missed all six of the Toffees’ league fixtures so far this season with a knee injury, Dominic Calvert-Lewin is now in line for his first 2022/23 start at Goodison Park.
Abdoulaye Doucoure is also once again fit and available for selection against David Moyes’ side.
However, the report went on to state that Jordan Pickford will not be involved this afternoon, with the England international’s thigh injury looking set to keep him out of action until after the upcoming international break.
While it is true that Calvert-Lewin has endured something of a torrid 12 months as a result of injury – with the centre-forward starting just 15 Premier League games last season due to a series of knocks – it is undeniable that the 25-year-old’s return, coupled with Doucoure’s availability, will have left the West Ham manager gutted.
Indeed, the England international proved just how deadly a striker he truly is over his 33 Premier League appearances in 2020/21, with the £36m-rated talent scoring 16 goals, taking 2.5 shots (1.4 of which hit the target) and winning 7.1 duels per game.
Meanwhile, Doucoure has become an integral part of Everton’s midfield in recent years, scoring two goals, registering four assists and creating three big chances over his 30 league outings in 2021/22, in addition to making 2.5 tackles and 0.9 interceptions and winning 4.9 duels per game.
As such, it is clear to see that the return of the Toffees duo could come as a huge blow to West Ham’s chances of bringing all three points back to east London this afternoon, with Moyes undoubtedly being desperate for a win in order to kickstart the Hammers’ disappointing start to their 2022/23 Premier League campaign.