By Gabriel Agbonlahor

25th Sep, 2022 | 3:12pm

Agbonlahor issues emphatic Dominic Calvert-Lewin claim as Everton images emerge - 'very worried'

Gabby Agbonlahor has insisted Everton will “beat their fair share of teams” this season thanks to signings like Neal Maupay.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England attacker claimed Frank Lampard will love that Maupay will be capable of offering challenge and competition to Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

The 25-year-old has not featured for Everton this season after picking up a leg injury on the eve of the new campaign.

He was close to returning to full fitness earlier this month but did not make the matchday squad for the 1-0 win over West Ham last week (18 September).

The Liverpool Echo reported on Friday (23 September) that Calvert-Lewin has felt a tightness in training and has been withdrawn from sessions as a result.

The same outlet reported the day after that the striker was not pictured in training at Finch Farm in new images released by the club.

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Asked whether Everton have shown enough at the start of the season, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “100 per cent.

“I was very worried at the start of the season for Everton.

“The transfers they’ve made I’ve been very impressed with. In midfield, two new signings look rock solid in there.

“Neal Maupay will score goals, he adds to that attacking threat and you’ve got Calvert-Lewin to come back.

“With Calvert-Lewin coming back, it will be competition for that striker spot and that’s what you need as a manager.

“They will be absolutely fine, Everton, they will beat their fair share of teams.”

Calvert-Lewin is on course to make his first appearance of the season against Southampton at the beginning of next month (1 October).

Everton go into the game at St. Mary’s on a five-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, including back-to-back clean sheets in their last two games.

In other news, a club has agreed to sign an Everton star who started 25 Premier League games last season.