By Alex McLeish

12th Feb, 2021 | 11:21am

Everton tipped to hand King full debut v Fulham amid Calvert-Lewin update

Josh King is in line to make his first start for Everton if Dominic Calvert-Lewin is forced out through injury, according to Alex McLeish.

The former Aston Villa and Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes the 29-year-old was a “shrewd signing” for Carlo Ancelotti’s men and suggested he could be handed the chance to hit the ground running this weekend.

Calvert-Lewin is a major doubt for Sunday’s home league match against Fulham after picking up a hamstring problem in the FA Cup win over Tottenham on Wednesday.

King, who was cup-tied for the 5-4 thriller in midweek, has made just two substitute appearances totalling 12 minutes of game time since his deadline day move from Bournemouth.

With the Calvert-Lewin looking as though he miss out against the Cottagers, McLeish believes the 29-year-old Norway international could get his chance to lead the line for Ancelotti.

McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, “The guy knows his way about the penalty box in the Premier League, so I thought that was a shrewd signing.

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“Josh King has done well not only in the Premier League but also in international football and that is a great replacement.

“Calvert-Lewin will not want to be out and he will not want to be out for very long, especially if Josh starts scoring goals. Everton will be looking for Josh to hit the ground running and he’ll get that long-awaited chance since he joined the club.” 

King scored 48 goals in 161 Premier League appearances for Bournemouth, while he also has 51 international caps under his belt.

With the new arrival watching on from the sidelines, Calvert-Lewin was joined by Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Bernard on the scoresheet in Wednesday’s win over Tottenham.

In other news, McLeish has been dazzled by an Everton player he once tried to sign for Aston Villa.