Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin told to copy Alan Shearer trick to improve
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been given advice by former Everton defender Michael Ball on how to improve his play and the club’s chances of getting a result.
Everton have just one win in their last 14 Premier League games and sit in 16th place, four points above the relegation zone.
Goals have been a big problem for the club and top man Calvert-Lewin has struggled since returning from injury, meaning he has just three this season.
Ball believes that the players need to take more responsibility on the pitch when it isn’t going well, and has told the England striker to take something from the game of legendary striker Shearer in his Liverpool ECHO column.
“For instance, Dominic Calvert-Lewin was up against Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa, which means he’s in for a battle and a tough afternoon,” he said.
“But what really frustrated me was that we never looked to freshen things up and try something different. And when I say try something different, I don’t mean rip things up and change our approach, I mean mix things up.
“After Dom had won just two out of 10 headers against Mings and Konsa, we should have been looking to put him on Digne or Matty Cash and working to get the ball out wide instead of down the middle.
“We all know Digne isn’t as strong in the air as Mings and Konsa are, and Dom could have had some joy out there.
“In those situations I always think back to what Alan Shearer used to do. If ever he was struggling against two centre-backs, he would go and put himself up against one of the full-backs.
“But what is frustrating is that the players aren’t seeing this themselves. They are all intelligent and they should have the understanding to be able to freshen things up.
“At the end of the day, it is about taking accountability and not hoping that something might come off for you, or something might break your way.”
Ball is correct when he says that Everton players need to freshen things up and take more accountability.
For far too long the Everton players have got away with blaming poor managers, but at some point their own contributions need to be put under the limelight.
Calvert-Lewin isn’t one to shy away from responsibility, but he is also not exempt from criticism and what Ball has said is fair.
At 24-years-old, DCL is young enough to still add small wrinkles to his game that will see him go up a level and studying Shearer is only going to benefit him.
If Everton are to get out of this mess, he will be a key part of the reason why so he should heed the advice and take it on board.
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