Date: 11th September 2019 at 4:00pm
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EXCLUSIVE

Darren Bent has revealed he has been disappointed by the performances of Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin after having high hopes heading into the season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Tottenham and England striker says that the 22-year-old has failed to live up to expectations so far, having been used by manager Marco Silva in every single game across all competitions.

Calvert-Lewin was part of the England under-21s side who played in the European Championships over the summer, failing to hit the back of the net as the Three Lions were dumped out at the group stages.

Bent says that he had high hopes for the striker at Goodison Park this season but that he has not managed to prove himself up front without a single goal in his five outings.

Asked if anyone had disappointed him in an Everton shirt, Bent told Football Insider: “I don’t really like saying it but Calvert-Lewin. He had the under-21 championships with England where it didn’t go to plan.

“Because of how he did last season, I thought this was his year. He was going to be Everton’s main man, he was going to address the lack of goals Everton have had.

“I thought this was going to be his season, he got the nod for the first two games of the season and not managed to do it. At the moment he’s disappointed me a little bit. I thought he was ready, all I read about him pre-season was he was looking brilliant and ready to go.

“It’s not quite happened for him yet.” 

Calvert-Lewin has now played nearly 100 times for Everton’s first-team but has only netted 17 goals in his 98 appearances, with a further 10 assists to his name.

Last season saw him battle it out with Richarlison and Cenk Tosun for the chance to lead the line, scoring six goals in 35 Premier League games, 19 of which came in the starting XI.

In other Everton news, Football Insider has revealed that the Toffees have turned down a bid for one of their gems from a European heavyweight.