Everton boss Frank Lampard shares 'huge' Dominic Calvert Lewin contract view
Frank Lampard has gushed over “fantastic” Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin despite his lack of fitness during his time on Merseyside.
The England international hasn’t started a game since April, with his three goals in the Premier League a glaring example of how much he has struggled all season.
A host of clubs have eyed a move for the Toffees’ talisman as they flirt with relegation but the former Chelsea boss hopes he will honour the three years he has left on his current deal.
Lampard told Liverpool Echo: “He is a fantastic striker, the pedigree of striker that there aren’t many around. It’s been unfortunate for me, I think, that I haven’t had him fit.
“[There have been] little moments of fitness, but we know that strikers – particularly out of any position – probably need runs of games and fitness and confidence.
“We’ve never been able to get that for Dominic to be fair to him. But yeah, he’s a huge player, they are not very common. He is contracted to us, three years left on his contract, and I want to take this club forward and players like Dominic help that.
“I know he hasn’t been playing at the minute because he’s been getting fit, but now he’s fit, so hopefully he will contribute in the last few games for starters and then he’s our player.”
This season has been awful at the best of times and missing Calvert-Lewin has made it ten times worse.
Previously when the Blues have been playing badly, he has been able to get them up the pitch, linking up well with his teammates, and that was crucial.
Goals would seemingly come from nowhere at times with his presence in the box and killer instinct in front of goal, and that has been missed massively this campaign.
Make no mistake, things at the club have been dire and Everton would still find themselves near the bottom of the table if he had been fit all season but nowhere near as close to the relegation zone as they currently are.
Hopefully, he stays at the club because on his day he is one of the best strikers in the league – not many can do what he can do for the Goodison Park outfit and he would be very difficult and expensive to replace.
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