Chris Sutton has assessed the problems Frank Lampard is facing at Everton to enter the new Premier League season, as Dominic Calvert-Lewin has missed a visit to Chelsea through injury.
Chris Sutton feels ‘Everton are in trouble’ after Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s injury
Frank Lampard has a big problem after confirming that Dominic Calvert-Lewin will miss Everton’s opening game of the Premier League season after suffering a knee injury. That’s according to Chris Sutton, who detailed his concerns in a column in BBC Sport.
Calvert Lewin is expected to miss the next six weeks after sustaining a knee injury in training earlier this week. The Toffees watched over the extent of his problem over a few days before the England international was ruled out of Chelsea’s visit to Goodison Park on Saturday.
Lampard will now welcome his former club to Merseyside without a known first-team striker. With Calvert Lewin injured, Salomon Rondon cannot make an appearance at home to Thomas Tuchels of the Blues with the Everton star set to serve the last game of his suspension.
Rondon knocked out a two-legged lung on Rico Henry within just four minutes of coming on against Brentford in May. The offense merited a three-match ban, with one game still to be held in the new season after sitting out clashes with Crystal Palace and Arsenal.
Goodison Park can’t handle Everton as Frank Lampard left the hunt
Sutton doubts Goodison Park will be able to carry Everton across the line against Chelsea on Saturday now Lampard is looking for an option in the striker with Calvert Lewin injured.
Even if Sutton feels the blues are traveling with Tuchel after settling at his side. He agreed to sign Mark Cucurella from Brighton for £62m on Friday and is eyeing Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Leicester Wesley Fofana, according to The Telegraph.
“It is strange that Chelsea do not appear to be properly prepared for the start of the season,” he wrote. “They are still trying to sign and their team is not ready.
But Everton has problems, too. Dominic Calvert-Lewin Injured, Salomon Rondon Suspended, Richarlison Apparently Sold [to Tottenham Hotspur for £50m, up to £60m after add-ons]. Therefore, they have no one to lead their attack on Saturday.
“They will have to count on the Goodison Park fans to get through this game, as they did at the end of last season. Their fans will give them a boost, but they can’t help them score goals.”
Missing Chelsea’s visit to Everton and the opening six weeks of the season with injury will frustrate Calvert-Lewin. The 25-year-old had been hoping to put his fitness woes into the past after last season’s troubles. He played 17 league games last season with just five goals.
Rondon’s suspension, Richarlison’s sale and Ellis Sims joining Sunderland on loan for this season could force Lampard to make an unnatural selection. But it could also be a breakthrough for Nathan Broadhead after 10 goals on loan in the first league at Sunderland last season.
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