Everton will be “delighted” with the additional recovery period granted strikers Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison after their Aston Villa postponement.
So says former Premier League midfielder Michael Brown, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge about the Toffees’ unforeseen but welcome break from Premier League football.
Their last match was a 2-1 win against Wolves on 12 January in which they were without both Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison, who were both injured.
Everton were scheduled to play Aston Villa on Sunday but the fixture was cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 problems in the Villa camp.
Ancelotti’s side now face Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup on Sunday but their next league match, against Leicester City, is not until 27 January.
And, according to Brown, the manager will be grateful for the additional time his star forwards have had to recover.
Commenting on the 2-1 win, he told Football Insider: “When it works like that, it’s great. It was against a Wolves side who are hit and miss at the moment but they’ll be delighted to have got that result. Michael Keane got on the scoresheet, which was good.
“They are going well, aren’t they? They’re sat in a great position, even without Calvert-Lewin… And he’s the man. Richarlison too. With the game [v Aston Villa] suspended, that’s given them a bit more time to get the injured players back.
“It gives them a nice break now. They’ve got a recovery and a rest period and that will help Everton, they’ll be delighted. They can work on systems and team shape.”
Everton are currently 6th in the table and know that a win in their game in hand could lift them into the top four.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s hamstring problem means he is unlikely to feature in the FA Cup against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday, but Richarlison is back in training and is expected to be available.