Dominic Calvert-Lewin is undergoing a grueling and lengthy recovery process of the hamstring injury that he sustained back in February. Calvert-Lewin’s only appearance under Sean Dyche came against the 1-0 win over Arsenal and in his absence, the former Burnley boss has been employing Ellis Simms, Neal Maupay and Demarai Gray in the forward role.
Dyche and the Everton medical team are very cautious with Calvert-Lewin. They do not want to rush the Englishman and bring him back before he is absolutely fit. There have been instances in the past where DCL rushed himself back and picked up another injury. Dyche has been very supportive and has stated that he is trying to understand the player’s situation and give him all the time needed to recover and get back 100% fit.
Calvert-Lewin has missed more than 50% of the games this season because of various injuries. Since last appearing against Mikel Arteta’s side, where he was taken off at the hour mark as a precaution, the 26 year old has missed all seven games. In his absence, Dyche has used Simms and Maupay as the sole forward.
Ellis Simms must start for Everton against Tottenham
Maupay has been underwhelming under Dyche and now the 51 year old prefers to have Simms or Gray in the central role. The Frenchman started three back to back games against Leeds United, Aston Villa and Arsenal but the 26 year old did not score a single goal and failed to provide the desired threat.
On the other hand, Simms has been excelling in the short cameos he is getting in the recent games. His 89th minute goal against Chelsea proved to be vital as Everton snatched a point at Stamford Bridge. Dyche has often praised Simms and backed him in public. Confidence is growing and the young 22 year old should be in line to start against Tottenham Hotspur.
Everton take on Spurs on Monday night as Premier League football resumes after the international break. As per Liverpool ECHO, Calvert-Lewin has returned to training on the grass but is yet to take a full training session with his teammates.
In Calvert-Lewin’s absence, Dyche should hand over a chance to Simms to showcase his talent. He is high on confidence after scoring the goal against Chelsea and has certainly been effective up top. Maupay up top isn’t working out as he continues to go through a rough patch and with his future uncertain, it would be best to start Simms as the striker.
Will Ellis Simms start against Spurs?