February 25, 2024

Everton have every right to feel aggrieved this season, given the many volatile and questionable decisions that have gone against them.

In the Premier League, every fan thinks their team is the one hard done by. But with the Toffees, there is a very real argument to suggest they are.

After all, their frustrations are not solely attached to refereeing decisions, of which there have been plenty to bemoan in recent months.

No club in the history of the top flight has ever received a points deduction as severe as the one administered in October, justified by a mere £19m overspend from profit and sustainability rules.


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It appears that prior annoyances were only further justified this week when Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s disputed red card was eventually revoked over a week after he was unfairly removed against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup. Protests are an understandable response after such apparent unfairness.

Sean Dyche, who will have his star striker with him for this weekend’s match against Aston Villa, will benefit greatly from this. Journalist Alan Myers, who would take to X to respond positively to the situation with the four words, “Good news on DCL,” seems to believe so as well.

How has Dominic Calvert-Lewin played for Everton this season?

Although it has not been the most proficient of campaigns for Calvert-Lewin, he remains a key cog in Dyche’s system.

Since the attacker is a selfless number nine, he is likely to move away from the goal as a result of his continuous running of channels and pressure on the opposition’s backline.

That does not justify his wastefulness, though, as the player who earns £100k a week has only scored three goals in the Premier League out of a total of 6.92 predicted goals.

He will want to stop this concerning pattern as soon as possible, but the 26-year-old’s off-court actions are probably the main factor in why he continues to start ahead of Beto.


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The 6 foot 2 focal point is tall, fast, strong and unstoppable in the air, with his presence up front offering the foundation with which the bulk of Everton’s attacks are built.

Whilst his Portuguese counterpart would likely have deputised well in his absence, his first touch and game intelligence are nowhere near the level of Calvert-Lewin.

It is for this reason why Dyche will be so thankful that such a smart conclusion was reached, after the maddening initial decision to send him off.

Regardless of this successful appeal, it cannot be forgotten just how poor the officiating in this country continues to be.

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