May 18, 2024

Ian Wright shares Dominic Calvert-Lewin admission after mistake in Everton draw v Aston Villa

Ian Wright has slammed Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin for his poor finish during the Toffees’ clash with Aston Villa, admitting the striker wanted to get it “over and done with”.

The Toffees ended a three-game losing run in the Premier League with a 0-0 draw with Unai Emery’s side at Goodison Park on Sunday (14 January) but easily could have claimed all three points had they taken their chances.

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Perhaps the best chance fell to Calvert-Lewin in the closing stages of the first half, but the 26-year-old was unable to beat Emi Martinez when faced with the Villa stopper one-on-one and Wright didn’t believe the Toffees striker looked comfortable in front of goal.

Speaking on Match of the Day 2 (14 January, 40:00) he said: “Dominic Calvert-Lewin is in total control of this.You have to whip this and lift it over his right foot. He’s not created an angle. At some stage he’s got to open his body, when he opens his body there, he’s got to give him the eyes.

“He has to lift it. The only way Martinez is going to save it is if he doesn’t get the shot right. He’s in total control of all of this. He looked like he was trying to get that over and done with very quickly rather than going to a calm place.”

Everton need their striker to score in those sorts of situations as the Toffees don’t create too many chances week in and week out.

Most other forwards in the Premier League would slot that home without a second thought, but Calvert-Lewin never looked comfortable.

The 26-year-old hasn’t looked at his best so far this season and is playing like a player with absolutely no confidence in himself currently. Despite being one-on-one with Martinez, it never felt likely that his strike would find the net. \


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Mistakes like that once or twice a season can be forgiven, but the England international is struggling to take any chance that comes his way this season. All three of his Premier League goals came in quick succession and since then he hasn’t looked like troubling the scoreboard.

Hopefully, Calvert-Lewin can get back to his best sooner rather than later, otherwise supporters can expect to see a lot more of Beto in the coming weeks.



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