Everton must now sign Dominic Calvert-Lewin replacement after 'horrendous' twist - pundit
Noel Whelan has urged Everton to sign a “quality striker” as Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s “horrendous” injury record takes another twist.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted splashing the cash on a new forward would be “money worth spending” after “15 months of problems” with Calvert-Lewin’s availability.
According to The Guardian (10 November), the 25-year-old will visit a specialist about a dislocated shoulder which has plagued him in the 2022-23 season.
That news comes after the England international limped off with a separate hamstring problem during the defeat against Leicester last week (5 November).
Calvert-Lewin has started just four Premier League games this term after missing a large portion of the 2021-22 campaign with a fractured toe.
He managed just five top-flight strikes last season – a far cry from his best-ever tally of 16 across 33 outings in the 2020-21 campaign.
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Whelan suggested summer signing Neal Maupay is not adequate cover for Calvert-Lewin.
He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “He’s had a horrendous time with injuries.
“There’ll be no one more frustrated than Calvert-Lewin. It’s awful when you’re coming back just to get another injury and another setback.
“But I think Frank and the board have now got to get a quality striker through the door.
“They’ve brought Maupay in, who can do a job – but he’s not an out-and-out goalscorer.
“Everton need someone who can lead the line, bring others into play – but more importantly, but the ball in the net.
“Calvert-Lewin can do that when he is fit, but it’s just not happening for him.
“There comes a time, after 15 months of problems, where you need to think about bringing in better cover.
“It’d be money worth spending, that’s for sure.”