By Noel Whelan
Noel Whelan has insisted Everton must get the reintroduction of Dominic Calvert-Lewin right as he steps up his return from injury.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, compared the 25-year-old’s situation to that of Whites striker Patrick Bamford.
As per The Bobble on Twitter (8 September), Calvert-Lewin has returned to full training with the Everton squad.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has now returned to full training this week and is back within the Everton squad 🔵 pic.twitter.com/WeUoPj4lQb
The forward is yet to kick a ball this season after suffering a freak injury on the eve of the curtain-raising fixture against Chelsea last month (6 August).
The 11-cap England international made just 15 league starts in the 2021-22 campaign as Everton narrowly avoided relegation.
He scored five goals to bring his top-flight tally to 45.
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Whelan insisted the former Sheffield United star must build up fitness, match sharpness, and strength before being “thrown in at the deep end”.
He told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “It’s a similar situation to Patrick Bamford, isn’t it?
“You’ve got to maybe wrap him in cotton wool, ease him back into games – it’s important he’s not thrown in at the deep end.
“He’s got to build up that fitness, that match sharpness, the strength – or else you’re back to square one.
“They’ve got to get it right this time. You can’t be going 20 games in a season without your main number nine.
“It’s exactly the same situation as Leeds United with Bamford.”
Neal Maupay and Anthony Gordon have led the line for Everton in Calvert-Lewin’s stead.
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By Noel Whelan