Everton told to axe Neil Maupay after pictures emerges pre-West Ham- pundit
Dominic Calvert-Lewin should go straight back into the Everton starting XI now he is fit, according to Frank McAvennie.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-West Ham and Scotland striker insisted Calvert-Lewin is a “big character” and “one hell of a player” when on form.
The 25-year-old has not featured for Everton this season after picking up a knee injury in pre-season.
However, he was pictured by the official club account on Twitter last week (8 September) back in full training.
Neil Maupay started Everton’s previous Premier League fixture against Liverpool.
When asked by Football Insider if Maupay would likely lose his place to Calvert-Lewin against West Ham on Sunday, McAvennie said: “I think Calvert-Lewin a talent.
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“Only the manager will know whether he’s ready to come back in. I would think he would want him back in as quick as possible.
“Looking at him, do you think he’s an asset in the dressing room? He’s a big character.
“You’d think he’d want him back in because he’s a good player. If they can get him back to his form that he should have, then you’ve got a hell of a player.
“I’d have him back in the XI. When he’s on form, he should be a starter.
“He can’t do it once, then not do it for three games, he’s got to do it consistently.
“The manager, Frank Lampard, will want him training every day the same way he wants to play.
“When I played football, in training, the tackles were flying in because you wanted to play. If you’re fighting for two places, the tackles were flying in, not to hurt you, but to show the manager you wanted to play.
“That’s the way it should be, you take that into the game. Calvert-Lewin should be doing that every minute in training to show the boss he’s number one up front.
“He’s got the talent to do it, whether he’s showing that in training I don’t know.
“He should be first name on the teamsheet with the ability he’s got.”