Everton duo were impressive vs Brentford but effort in vain

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison have a combined worth of over £80 million as per Transfermarkt. In reality, if any side comes asking for one of Everton’s most prized assets, the asking price is going to go through the roof. In many ways, Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin have been the talismans for Everton from time to time.

Last season, the duo scored a total of 44 goals throughout the season which accounted for more than 50% of Everton’s goals. They have been quintessential to the team and there’s always a good chance for one of them to be the difference maker if not both.

This season, Calvert-Lewin has spent majority of his time on sidelines because of injury. Poor tactics from the previous manager and lack of consistency in the side also hindered Richarlison from having a smooth season. This term, the duo has played just 14 games together, restricting their impact.

After a long time, Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison started a game together against Brentford. Frank Lampard deployed the Englishman as a striker and the Brazilian on the left. Everton started on a bright note and the duo were involved in Everton’s first attempt as Calvert-Lewin flicked the ball in Richarlison’s path who in turn passed it to Anthony Gordon. Gordon’s shot was saved and the rebound fell to Richarlison who headed wide.

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Everton duo were spectacular against Brentford

Everton took the lead through Calvert-Lewin as Gordon darted a delicious free kick as Richarlison directed the ball towards goal and on the way in, Calvert-Lewin took the lightest of touches and was awarded the goal. Calvert-Lewin was elated and jubilant. To put things into perspective, this was his first goal since August, giving him an impeccable boost to his wavering confidence.

Richarlison also converted from the penalty spot to give Everton the lead but the loss of a man soon weighed down the Toffees. The rest of the game was silent on the goal front but the duo remained committed in attack whenever even a half chance arose.

They together had five shots on target and 77 touches on the ball. Had it been 11 v 11, the attacking duo would have been much more impactful for the Royal Blues but it wasn’t to be as Everton ended the game with 9 men.

With two games to go and Everton’s fate still in their hands, Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin have a chance to grasp this opportunity and once again show that they are the best players Everton has.

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