After the defeat on Saturday, which highlighted all the problems Everton have scoring goals, it now looks like the Blues’ will again be without Dominic Calvert-Lewin for the trip to Arsenal.
The bad news just never seems to end for the Toffees’ as following that 2-0 loss to Aston Villa, Sean Dyche hinted strongly in his post-match remarks, that it was very unlikely Calvert-Lewin would be fit for Wednesday’s clash at the Emirates Stadium.
Have Everton been the recipients of an ancient curse or did someone from the club run over a whole collection of black cats at some point in the recent past?!
Whatever the reason, it seems the Blues’ are just never going to get a break from relentless misfortune and difficulties.
Of course, the lack of a decent goalscorer when Calvert-Lewin is absent, was yet again underlined by yesterday’s defeat to Villa, a game the Toffees’ really should have got something from, or even won.
Certainly, they had enough chances and with a good quality striker they would surely have scored at least one goal.
Neal Maupay, who Dyche played up front on his own, is not that player as Saturday clearly showed. The only other direct option if Calvert-Lewin is unfit, is Ellis Simms, who has talent but is still raw and relatively inexperienced.
Although no one will be surprised he’s absent again, I am beginning to wonder whether the former England centre-forward will ever play for Everton again as his injury issues just go on and on.
It is getting to the point where I’m not even sure if we are going to see him again before the season actually ends?
Calvert-Lewin though is just the worst current example of a huge problem that has plagued and undermined successive Blues’ sides for years now.
It can’t just be a coincidence that this club and first-team squad has suffered so many injuries, season after season.
Something is wrong with what has been, or is being done, in terms of training and medical support etc under a succession of managers.
Dyche has intimated as much, and appears to have installed a much more physically rigorous training regime since taking charge.
He has also talked about how it’s necessary to get DCL fully fit in a comprehensive sense, rather than just dealing with his latest short-term issues.
Well, in the short-term Everton desperately need him to get healthy as the games and points available, are slipping away.
And, after that Villa defeat, the Toffees’ are going to need even more to get something from as many of the matches left as possible.