Everton needn’t worry about Dominic Calvert-Lewin following his recent goalless streak – a lack of creativity has been the real problem.
So says former England goalscorer Darren Bent, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams after Everton’s 1-0 loss to West Ham, Calvert-Lewin’s fifth match without hitting the back of the net.
His five-game barren streak has coincided with James Rodriguez’s absence from the side, the Colombian only returning to first-team duties for the last 26 minutes of the New Year’s Day defeat.
Bent believes that Calvert-Lewin’s early-season form means he shouldn’t be judged harshly for his poor recent strike-rate and that the creative void left by Rodriguez might in fact be to blame for his lack of luck in front of goal.
As such, Everton might want to bring in a fresh face who can help to address a creative deficit.
He told Football Insider: “He’s shown already that if you give him opportunities and create chances he’ll score the goals. He scored in his first six or seven games. He was on fire.
“It would have been awfully hard for him to sustain that type of level.
“If there is anything Ancelotti wants to look at, the creativity has lessened a bit with Rodriguez being out. Ancelotti will be looking at squad depth, going ‘right, let’s get someone in that can create for him.’
“That’s one for Ancelotti to address, and I’m sure he will do, he’s a good enough manager to do that.
“But for Calvert-Lewin he just needs to keep believing, keep getting on with what he’s doing and the goals will come, because he’s shown already how good a centre-forward he is. So there’s no real concern there, there’s no real worry. It’s all about creating opportunities and he’ll score goals.”
Calvert-Lewin has been on the books at Goodison Park since September 2016, joining in a £1.5million deal from Sheffield United.
He struggled to find his feet in his first few years with the club but has come good over the past two seasons, scoring 29 goals in 60 appearances.
He is joint-third in the Premier League scoring charts this term with 11 strikes.