Fewer touches than Pickford: £36m-rated Everton star left a passenger of Chelsea win – opinion
Dominic Calvert-Lewin was left a passenger of Carlo Ancelotti’s defensive techniques as Everton beat Chelsea 1-0 on Saturday.
The Italian reverted to his tried-and-tested four-man defence following additional accidents to an already depleted unit, with Fabian Delph becoming a member of Lucas Digne and Seamus Coleman in needing remedy after struggling a hamstring pressure at Burnley.
Delph’s absence noticed Ancelotti lean on central defenders Ben Godfrey and Mason Holgate to start out at full-back, however struggles to remain on the ball allowed Chelsea to dominate proceedings and depart Goodison Park having held 72 per cent of the possession. Although, crucially for Everton, with no level.
Was Ancelotti too defensive vs Chelsea?
Sure, it was poor to look at
No, it received the outcome
Everton’s lack of ability to get on the ball and keep in possession noticed Calvert-Lewin usually be omitted within the chilly, having to trouble Frank Lampard’s visiting aspect for any actual hope of sustaining his goal-a-game common within the Premier League after 11 strikes in 11 video games.
However his run is at an finish, for now at the very least, after failing to file a single on-target shot on Saturday, with the £36million-rated star solely capable of unleash one try on Edouard Mendy’s internet although seeing his effort blocked, through SofaScore.
Calvert-Lewin noticed so little of the ball that he registered fewer touches than Jordan Pickford, as effectively, with the Toffees’ shot-stopper recording 35 touches to the ahead’s 33.
Worse for the 23-year-old was that of his 33 touches, solely three got here contained in the Chelsea penalty space and with such little of the ball, Calvert-Lewin was solely capable of play 21 passes, of which simply 13 discovered teammates.
He was busy within the air, although, with 15 duels, but received simply seven of his contests – a distant comparability from his success in 5 of six floor duels whereas making an attempt and successful two dribbles.
Calvert-Lewin left his most telling imprint on proceedings early within the first-half when he went on a rampaging run by means of the Chelsea defence, shrugging the skilled Thiago Silva to the aspect earlier than inviting Mendy to have a rush of blood to the top.
The 28-year-old unnecessarily charged off his line and clattered into Calvert-Lewin, leaving referee Jon Moss with no selection however to level to the spot, awarding a penalty which Gylfi Sigurdsson would convert for the one purpose of the sport.
Everton’s top-scorer was lauded at half-time throughout BT Sport’s protection of the match by former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole for his capability to dispose of Silva with ease, noting:
“Calvert-Lewin is one thing else.
“To do what’s he accomplished to Thiago Silva, who has seen each kind of participant – the athleticism to win the flick on and get after the ball [was brilliant].”
Calvert-Lewin will little doubt have most well-liked to have left his mark on the match by means of his targets, however a defensive Everton aspect left their star ahead a passenger of the win as a substitute.
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