Everton have big Calvert-Lewin 'problem' after Ancelotti confession - ex-striker

Everton have a “problem” with Dominic Calvert-Lewin doing too much defensive work, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 24-year-old needed to conserve his energy to contribute more in attack.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Ancelotti confessed Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison’s decision making had been adversely affected by their defensive contributions.

The Italian boss heralded the pair’s work rate but admitted it left them “not so fresh” in the final third.

Whelan insisted the duo were “honest players” who wanted to contribute both in and out of possession.

However, he insisted they needed to prioritise their attacking output.

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Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Sometimes it saps your energy. That’s the problem when you’re doing so much defensive work.

“You don’t really want that and you don’t really need that from a striker. You work the backline as much as possible but then once it goes into midfield players, it’s passed on. That’s their job to do.

“When you put in so much energy into defending, it takes away that little bit of spark and energy that you need in the box. Concentration levels drop because you’re doing work that’s probably not necessary as a striker.

“I think the problem is they’re honest players. They want to do the hard work but they’re paid to score goals. When they’re paid to score goals, their engines are really needed inside the 18-yard box.”

Calvert-Lewin has scored 16 goals in 30 Premier League appearances this season.

However, he has netted just three times in his last 10 top-flight outings.

In other news, Everton are willing to sell first-team star who recently signed five-year deal to fund Koulibaly signing.