Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s contribution for Everton is similar to Harry Kane’s for Spurs and he will be sorely missed against Manchester City if he is not fit.
That is according to ex-England right-back Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the 23-year-old missed Everton’s 2-0 defeat to Fulham on Sunday with a hamstring injury.
The England striker has been in electric form this season, scoring 18 goals and registering four assists in 25 games across all competitions.
Speaking after the Fulham defeat, Ancelotti told the BBC that it was touch-and-go as to whether Calvert-Lewin would be fit for Wednesday’s meeting with City: “He can be fit but we have to see in the next days.”
Mills, whose own teenage son is on Everton’s books, discussed Calvert-Lewin’s overall contribution at their Finch Farm headquarters as well as for the team.
Asked how many points Calvert-Lewin is worth to the Toffees a season, he told Football Insider: “A lot. You’re looking at goal-return, you’re looking at what else he adds to the team.
“But it’s not just about points it’s about having that style of play and setting the tone with closing down and leading from the front, having the ability to switch it up.
“If you need to go a little bit longer, a little bit more direct, he gives you the ability to do that.
“It’s on the training ground too, leading by example and showing people what you can do. Saying: ‘This is how hard I’m going to work, now everyone else needs to meet my standards.’
“You can see this with Harry Kane at the moment, it’s not just about goals, it’s about what else he brings to the team.”
Everton signed fellow striker Josh King from Bournemouth in a six-month deal in January.
The Norweigan forward came off the bench on Sunday but was unable to affect the result.