Everton star Calvert-Lewin could punish Aston Villa - pundit

By Danny Mills

22nd Jan, 2022 | 9:22am

Calvert-Lewin tipped to explode for Everton in 'massive' Aston Villa verdict - Mills

Danny Mills has suggested Everton could benefit from a new manager bounce under Duncan Ferguson when they take on Aston Villa.

The former England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed 24-year-old Toffees striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin could profit once again from Ferguson’s tutelage.

The ex-Scotland international is set to take charge of his first game today (22 January) since being appointed caretaker manager.

The Toffees legend earned a win against Chelsea and draws against Arsenal and Man United during his previous four-game spell in charge in 2019.

Mills suggested the players will be vying to “impress” their new boss once again as they face Aston Villa this afternoon.

“When you look at what happened last time when Big Dunc was in charge, I think Everton will be up and at them,” he told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.

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“They’ll be trying hard to impress, and he will demand that.

“People may be thinking: ‘Why haven’t they done that when he was assistant?’ But it’s different, he was just following the managers’ orders – now, he’s the one setting the tone and the mood.

“When he was in charge last time, we really saw Calvert-Lewin kick on and I think that we’ll see a similar effort once again under Ferguson.

“It could be a real end-to-end, massively entertaining game.”

Calvert-Lewin is yet to score since returning from a toe injury on 2 January.

The 11-time England international netted 21 goals in all competitions last season.

Everton sit just three points ahead of 17th-place Norwich following the Canaries’ 3-0 win over Watford last night.

Lucas Digne could return to Goodison Park for the first time since completing a January move to Aston Villa.

Steven Gerrard’s side sit 13th in the top flight – four points ahead of the Toffees.

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