By Noel Whelan

13th Feb, 2021 | 5:00pm

Whelan gutted as Everton hit by 'Massive' Calvert-Lewin blow

Everton have been dealt a massive blow after Dominic Calvert-Lewin was ruled out of Sunday’s clash against Fulham, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he was gutted to see the 23-year-old fail to recover from the win over Tottenham on Wednesday.

The hitman limped off with a hamstring problem in the 5-4 victory and Carlo Ancelotti confirmed he would be sidelined against the Cottagers this weekend.

Everton’s star striker this season, Calvert-Lewin netted his 13th Premier League goal in the Toffees’ last top-flight against Manchester United.

Whelan admitted losing the htiman was a sucker punch for the Toffees and revealed his own disappointment at the news – albeit for Fantasy Football reasons.

Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: A massive blow for Everton and a massive blow for me because I’ve got him in my fantasy team more to the point!

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“I think he’s exceeded every expectation possible this year with the quality that he’s brought to the team, with the goals he’s scored, he looks like a brand new player.

“He jumps high, he runs quick, he’s scoring goals that we never thought he could score – we questioned him last year whether he could do it and be the number nine at Everton, this year he’s been that and got England recognition as well.

“It couldn’t get any better for Calvert-Lewin and it couldn’t have got any better for Ancelotti’s start and Everton this year having a prolific goalscorer like that.

“When you lose someone like that, it is a massive pain dent in your team, how do you replace players like that, that are in that form, that are in that kind of groove?

“It’s very hard to because I don’t think of too many people can play that role that he brings to the side.” 

In other news, Alex McLeish has been dazzled by an Everton star he tried to sign for Aston Villa.