In a recent interview with Football Insider, former West Ham United player Frank McAvennie advised Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin to join Newcastle United instead of Arsenal this summer. McAvennie said,
“I don’t know why you would go to Arsenal instead of Newcastle.
“They won’t be far from each other soon and only one of these clubs is on the rise in my opinion.
“I think he (Calvert-Lewin) has a problem if he goes to Arsenal, he’s had such a bad season too.
“So he needs to prove his fitness before he thinks about moving on. I think his departure is nailed.
“He’s brilliant that day but he hasn’t had the chance to show it this season.”
Calvert-Lewin’s growing frustrations at Goodison Park this season
Calvert-Lewin is having a hugely frustrating campaign on Merseyside as he has missed numerous games through injury. The 25-year-old has made 14 appearances for the Toffees this season, finding the back of the net three times and picking up one assist in all competitions.
The 11-time England international proved to be a valuable contributor at times in the final third based on his average of 2.2 shots and 0.6 key assists per game in Premier League football. However, his link-up play has been lackluster in the opposing half, as evidenced by his 64.3 per cent pass completion rate in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).
Should Everton cut Calvert-Lewin loose this summer?
Calvert-Lewin is having a tough campaign with the Toffees but remains a good finisher in front of goal. He excels at creating space for himself to get a few shots on goal and can even create good openings for his teammates on the attacking side of the pitch.
At the moment, the Merseyside club simply cannot afford to lose their striker as his transfer market value is falling. Everton head coach Frank Lampard is better off keeping him for now in hopes he can rekindle his old form next campaign.
At 25, Calvert-Lewin is about to enter his prime, so the Merseyside club are unlikely to consider releasing him during the summer transfer window.