“There are not many strikers out there, they cost a lot of money. I’m not worried about him at all.” His most prolific campaign came last season under Carlo Ancelotti where he netted 21 goals in 39 games.
Calvert-Lewin has been linked with a move away from Merseyside[/caption]
Calvert-Lewin has scored 56 goals and provided 17 assists in 188 appearances for Everton. Meanwhile, Everton are still deeply embroiled in a relegation battle with three Premier League games remaining. Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the game against Brentford, he said: “He is a fantastic striker, the pedigree of striker that there aren’t many around. It’s been unfortunate for me, I think, that I haven’t had him fit. But his struggles with fitness this season have seen him manage just three goals in 15 matches.
But Everton manager Frank Lampard has now insisted the England international is in his long-term plans. For the last two games – the wins over Chelsea and Leicester – Calvert-Lewin has been available but remained an unused substitute. READ MORE ON FOOTBALL Despite back-to-back wins, they are still just two points above the drop zone.
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FREE BETS AND SIGN UP DEALS – BEST NEW CUSTOMER OFFERS “I know he hasn’t been playing at the minute because he’s been getting fit, but now he’s fit, so hopefully he will contribute in the last few games for starters and then he’s our player. “He’s a player that would be wanted by clubs because of the level of player he is. Lampard’s last three games of the campaign are home fixtures against Brentford and Crystal Palace and a trip to Arsenal on the final day. The 25-year-old has started just 12 Premier League games for the Toffees so far this season due to injury and fitness issues. “He’s had little moments but we know that strikers – particularly out of any position – need runs of games and fitness and confidence. He has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park in the summer amid a lack of game time. ARSENAL and Newcastle have received a blow in their pursuit of Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.