By Noel Whelan

5th Aug, 2022 | 3:00pm

Expert digs at Dominic Calvert-Lewin as Everton 'scramble' to sign striker

Noel Whelan has insisted Everton will be “scrambling” to sign a striker after Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s “huge” injury blow.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Toffees should have “planned ahead” for a potential injury to their 25-year-old “talisman” after the events of last season.

Football Insider revealed on Wednesday (3 August) that Calvert-Lewin is facing three months on the sidelines after tearing his lateral collateral ligament.

Salomon Rondon, who scored one goal in 20 league outings last term, is now the only fit senior striking option at Everton – but is suspended for the first game of the season.

Calvert-Lewin managed just 17 league appearances last season, scoring five goals as the Merseysiders narrowly avoided relegation.

Whelan insisted Lampard is in a “worrying” predicament ahead of the 2022-23 campaign.

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He slammed Everton for not dipping into the transfer market earlier to bring in a striker.

Whelan told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “It’s a massive, huge blow.

“It’s the last thing they needed before the start of the campaign – their talisman is injured for possibly three months.

“They’ve only got Rondon to fall back on. He’s not a natural goalscorer, he doesn’t have the energy or the threat of Calvert-Lewin.

“They’ll be scrambling to get a striker. I’ve heard whispers about Batshuayi, but they need to get someone quickly.

“This is exactly what they should have been planning for. They’ve got nothing to fall back on.

“They could have gone out and got another striker to plan ahead for this.

“It’s worrying times for Frank Lampard.”

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