By Sam Stone

13th May, 2022 | 9:17am

Everton will have to drop a midfielder and change system to accommodate misfiring striker - Journalist

Everton manager Frank Lampard will be forced to dramatically change his side if he wishes to give Dominic Calvert-Lewin a chance from the outset, according to Mark Wakefield of the Liverpool Echo.

Everton sit two points above the relegation zone despite their recent good form.

Crucially, Lampard’s side still have their fate in their own hands.

Lampard gave striker Calvert-Lewin a chance off the bench against Watford.

However, the England striker failed to make an impact after coming on in the 77th minute.

Writing for the Liverpool Echo on Friday [13 May], Wakefield said: “Dominic Calvert-Lewin came off the bench in the draw with Watford, but struggled to make much of an impact.

“If Lampard was to start the England international, a change of shape and system would likely be needed, with a midfielder probably needing to make way.”

Decisions for Lampard

With the situation that Everton find themselves in, Lampard would be inclined to persist with the players that have performed well for his side in recent weeks.

If Lampard was to show faith in Calvert-Lewin, then a midfielder would have to likely make way.

However, the likes of Alex Iwobi, Anthony Gordon and Abdoulay Doucoure have been some of the Toffees’ best performers in recent weeks and cannot be dropped.

Dropping one of these players for a misfiring Calvert-Lewin could be a risk.

Everton have two huge home fixtures, knowing that they have a great opportunity to avoid any last day nerves with two positive results.

The Toffees will be eager to have their fate decided before the final day clash.

Arsenal losing to Spurs on Thursday [12 May] means they will almost certainly have something to play for at the Emirates.

Everton face Brentford and Crystal Palace at Goodison Park in their next two fixtures.

In other Everton news, Martin Keown says that Everton must respond to a “tremendous body blow” in their “phenomenal” relegation war.

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