Noel Whelan has tipped Everton to axe Dominic Calvert-Lewin “sooner rather than later” after he drew another scoring blank.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex- Leeds United and Coventry City striker claimed the England Under-21 international is a big talent who has the faith of Marco Silva.
But Whelan insisted that faith will soon diminish if Calvert-Lewin does not score the goals required from the team’s foremost attacking player.
The 22-year-old has spearheaded the attack in the first three Premier League matches of the season, but failed to open his account as his side scoring just once in 270 minutes of action.
“For all the money they have spent, Everton don’t have a proven goalscorer,” Whelan told Football Insider. “Calvert-Lewin is a good player and Marco Silva seems to have great faith in him.
“But he is paid to score goals and he is not doing it at the moment. It sounds harsh but, judging him as a former striker, he doesn’t look a natural scorer to me. From that point of view, he worries me.
“He is a good footballer, technically excellent and has pace and mobility. He has certainly been given plenty of opportunities as well.
“Can he rise to the occasion and score regularly? If he doesn’t, sooner rather than later he will lose his place in the starting XI.”
Calvert-Lewis has made 96 appearances for Everton since signing from Sheffield United, scoring 17 goals and supplying 10 assists.
The forward has also been capped 17 times by England Under-21s, which have yielded seven goals.