By Alan Hutton

8th Jan, 2022 | 9:00am

Everton tipped to explode after 'huge' Calvert-Lewin news - pundit

The injury return of Dominic Calvert-Lewin will give struggling Everton a “lift” in the coming weeks, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Scotland international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Toffees “haven’t looked the same team” in the 24-year-old’s absence.

Calvert-Lewin made his injury return last week in Everton’s 3-2 loss against Brighton, playing the full 90 minutes.

As quoted by the Liverpool Echo yesterday (7 January), manager Rafa Benitez confirmed the England international is not likely to feature against Hull in the FA Cup as he continues to ramp up his return.

However, the Spaniard said the striker is “training well” and will “hopefully” return to the side when the Toffees face Leicester on Tuesday.

When asked if Calvert-Lewin’s return could act as a catalyst for Everton’s season, Hutton told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge: “Of course he can.

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“I think there are certain teams where players look to certain individuals to inspire the rest of the group, and I think Calvert-Lewin is that type of guy.

“They’ve really been undone in a few of their games with Rondon leading the line – and they just haven’t looked the same team, especially when putting balls into the box.

“What a lift it will give the whole club to have someone like him back. To have him back and playing the full 90 minutes will lift everyone and hopefully, they can go from strength to strength now.”

The Toffees face Hull at the KC Stadium in the third round of the FA Cup today.

Everton fans could see new arrivals Vitaliy Mykolenko and Nathan Patterson in action for the first time.

The pair completed moves to Goodison Park this week.

In other news, Everton set their sights on signing a Man United sensation who has wowed Bruno Fernandes.