Whelan: This is why King is 'perfect' replacement for Calvert-Lewin
Carlo Ancelotti has the “perfect opportunity” to hand Josh King his full Everton debut against Fulham, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United and Coventry City striker insisted the 29-year-old would offer the Toffees everything the injured Dominic Calvert-Lewin does other than the England international’s “aerial dominance”.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Carlo Ancelotti confirmed both Calvert-Lewin and Jordan Pickford would miss Sunday’s game with their respective injury problems.
Gomes, James and King are all back to face Fulham.
— Everton (@Everton) February 12, 2021
King, who joined Everton on a short-term deal from Bournemouth on deadline day, has played just 12 minutes across two substitute appearances so far.
However, with the Toffees missing their attacking talisman against the Cottagers, Whelan believes the new arrival could fill the void quite comfortably.
Asked about the possibility of King starting against Fulham, Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Well I think that’s the most sensible option, isn’t it? Keeping Richarlison out wide, not changing too much about the formation but giving Josh King the opportunity against a Fulham side down there.
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“He’s very similar in style, I would say, to Calvert-Lewin, just without that kind of aerial dominance, but he’ll give you the same runs, the same intelligence, the same hold-up play.
“I think this is the perfect opportunity to actually put him in and start him in a game.”
Calvert-Lewin has scored 13 goals in the Premier League this season, including two in his last two appearances.
King meanwhile did not score a single goal in 12 Championship appearances for Bournemouth, although he did net three in two FA Cup outings against Oldham and Crawley.