Everton have been dealt a major injury blow just days ahead of the new season as reports have suggested that star striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin is facing a month on the sidelines through injury.
Frank Lampard’s Everton kick off their new campaign with a game against Chelsea at Goodison Park, but the Englishman is definitely set to miss that clash having picked up a knock in training on Tuesday.
“We are assessing Dom’s injury. No timeframe has been confirmed and we are pretty sure what level it is so we are hopeful it is not long-term”, Lampard explained,
“We’ll miss him for Chelsea. He was looking in great physical condition and was training really well. It was a freak injury in training, which does happen. It’s a shame but we have to find the solutions to keep ourselves strong without Dominic before he returns.”
Everton sold fellow forward Richarlison to Tottenham this summer, and are yet to bring in another striker, leaving Solomon Rondon as the only recognised no.9 able to deputise for Calvert-Lewin.
Anthony Gordon could also play through the middle, though he is typically a winger.
And, as per Paul Joyce, they could be without Calvert-Lewin for some time, with scans reportedly revealing that he will be sidelined for a month.
Do Everton need a striker?
On the face of it, Frank Lampard’s side desperately need a striker should they want to avoid being sucked into a relegation battle this season.
Richarlison ended as their top goalscorer with ten goals, the same as the next two top scorers combined (Calvert-Lewin and Demari Gray). Though the Toffees have added Dwight McNeil to their side, and will be expecting more from Dele Alli, neither can be relied on for goals.
Meanwhile, Calvert-Lewin is showing signs of becoming increasingly unable to stay fit, managing just 17 appearances last season. With a month to go in the transfer window, a new striker seems a huge necessity on Merseyside.