'Massive Blow' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts as early Everton team news emerges pre-Wolves
It is a “massive blow” for Everton to be without star striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin for their game against Wolves tonight, according to Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England striker claimed it was inevitable the 23-year-old would pick up an injury given how reliant the Toffees have been on him.
Calvert-Lewin has started every Premier League game for Carlo Ancelotti’s side this season and has returned an impressive 11 goals from his 16 appearances.
However, Ancelotti confirmed on Monday that the England international is “not available” for their trip to Molineux after not making the matchday squad for their FA Cup third-round tie with Rotherham United.
Asked by Football Insider what it means for Everton to be without their leading goalscorer, Agbonlahor said: “It is a massive blow.
“But I think we all expected it though. You can’t play every minute of every game. It’s very rare, you only really see that from very young players.
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“He plays at full throttle, always sprinting so it was bound to happen.
“It’s more Everton’s fault for letting Moise Kean go and not bringing in another striker as soon as the window opened.
“Cenk Tosun hasn’t really delivered and that’s the only option they’ve got unless they play Richarlison up front.
“He’s going to be a massive miss in a tough game against Wolves. You’d back Wolves to be favourite in that game.”
After scoring 11 goals in his first 11 league games of the season, Calvert-Lewin has failed to find the net in his last five appearances.
Despite his baron run, the Toffees have won four of their last five top-flight fixtures including wins over Chelsea and Leicester City.
In other news, Football Insider can reveal a Premier League club have made a move to sign an Everton player and £7million will seal the deal.