Darren Bent has admitted he “fears the worst” for Everton if Cenk Tosun has to replace Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the starting XI.
The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the Toffees’ strength in depth should be a major concern for Carlo Ancelotti, especially in attack.
Speaking about the possibility of rotation over December, Ancelotti confirmed he planned to give Calvert-Lewin a rest amid the congested fixture list, with Tosun named as a possible replacement following his injury.
The Turkey international has not started a Premier League game for Everton since November 2019 and was allowed to leave on loan to Crystal Palace during last season’s winter transfer window.
Bent has admitted he is baffled how a player who looked like he had no future at Goodison Park could end up deputising for the club’s star striker.
Bent told Football Insider: “If something was to happen to Calvert-Lewin, I fear the worst for them because he is so important to what they do, I don’t know what they’d do.
“You’re talking about the guy who’s the top scorer in the Premier League being replaced by Cenk Tosun, who they tried to get rid of. That’s it right there in a nutshell.
“I mean, how can you expect there to be the same kind of production from a guy that they were ready to get rid of. It just doesn’t make any sense to me, so that’s where we’re Everton are going to struggle, strength in depth is really going to be an issue.”
Ancelotti told Everton’s official website: “We are going to replace him (Calvert-Lewin) with another striker. That can be Tosun, he is fit after the injury. It can be Richarlison, sometimes.
“All the players will be involved. The fact we have a game every three days, I am going to rotate the players, as I did in the first period of the season when we played a lot of games and won all the games.”
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