By Danny Mills

14th Aug, 2019 | 11:31am

'Don't know the toll it's taken' - Exclusive: Danny Mills claims Everton starter facing axe


Danny Mills has claimed that Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin is facing the axe from Marco Silva’s starting XI as Moise Kean beds himself into his new side.

The former England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that the Portuguese boss will have wanted the Italian forward to get a couple of training sessions under his belt before throwing him into the side, having joined from Juventus this summer.

The 19-year-old was left on the bench as Dominic Calvert-Lewin started against Crystal Palace, the two sides playing out a 0-0 draw in their opening game of the season.

However, Mills thinks Calvert-Lewin’s days in the starting XI are numbered, the former Leeds ace tipping Kean to take his place over the next two matches.

Mills told Football Insider: “We got that with lot of players who only just signed, you don’t know how much they’ve been training in the last couple of weeks if a transfer has been imminent, you don’t know the toll that’s taken.

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“That’s understandable, they’d probably like them to get a week, two week’s training under them, get them up to speed. 

“(Kean in, Calvert Lewin out versus Watford?) Quite possibly, so long as he’s had a good week of training. You’ve got to build a relationship with teammates and that can take time. If it’s not this week, I’m sure it will be the week after.” 

The Toffees’ next match sees them play host to Marco Silva’s former side Watford, the Hornets looking to bounce back from a 3-0 drubbing by Brighton in front of their home fans.

They will have to do without Morgan Schneiderlin after the midfielder was sent off against Palace, while there are still doubts over Andre Gomes’ fitness after picking up an injury.

In other Everton news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider he is “not the biggest fan” of one of the Toffees’ new stars.