Worrying scenes unfolded for Everton after Dominic Calvert-Lewin was substituted in the club’s FA Cup tie with Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday evening.
The England striker has been in excellent form for Carlo Ancelotti’s side this season, scoring 18 goals in 25 appearances for the Toffees.
However, he had to be substituted for Irish defender Seamus Coleman during the second-half of the match, with an issue which saw him walk straight down the tunnel.
55′ Blues forced into a change. Coleman on for Calvert-Lewin.
🔵 3-2 ⚪️ #EmiratesFACup
— Everton (@Everton) February 10, 2021
Everton currently sit in 7th place in the Premier League table, but with two games in hand over most of the teams above them, and the opportunity to claw their way back into the top-4 – which is the ultimate aim of the club’s big-spending owners.
Calvert-Lewin scored in the first-half against Spurs, and the natural replacement for the forward will be the recently acquired Joshua King.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin does not miss 🔥pic.twitter.com/OZTdjiyzlq
— Goal (@goal) February 10, 2021
King told to work hard
Everton signed Josh King on the final day of the January transfer window, and the now former Bournemouth striker was told that he would need to work hard to earn a spot in the Toffees side.
“I got a phone call from the boss, Carlo Ancelotti, and [Director of Football] Marcel Brands,” King said to EvertonTV. “They kept it quite straight and said I would be given an opportunity and would have to work hard.”
“They want me in the squad to help push for the Europa League and Champions League and we are in a good position now.”
King added that the opportunity to work with Ancelotti was too good to turn down.
“I could not turn down playing for Everton and learning from a manager like Carlo, who has won what he has and with his experience. He is a big, big name in football.
“I am quick and powerful and strong and good at driving with the ball and known in the Premier League for having decent goalscoring statistics.
His chance may now come sooner than expected, should the injury picked up by Calvert-Lewin be as bad as first feared.
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This article was edited by Conor Laird.