By Joe Ellis

15th Sep, 2022 | 5:10pm

Everton ace Dominic Calvert-Lewin seen in training, journalist makes 'crucial' claim

Everton could soon be boosted by the return to fitness of talismanic striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin as images emerged on Thursday.

The England international, who was understandably and rightly left out of Gareth Southgate’s most recent squad, has been putting in the hard work on the grass at Finch Farm over the extended period of rest.

There is a chance that he could be back in time to play some kind of part against West Ham on Sunday even if it means he can only play a few minutes off the bench.

Liverpool Echo journalist Joe Thomas shared the pictures of Calvert-Lewin on his personal Twitter account and he seemed very encouraged by the progress being made.

“Looks good for a Dominic Calvert-Lewin return against West Ham judging by these latest pics from training,” he said.

“Whether he is in contention to start or not will be interesting but whatever the case, getting him firing is crucial for Everton this season.”

Focal point

Before Neal Maupay arrived at Goodison Park towards the end of the transfer window, Frank Lampard did not have a competent focal point to his attacks with Salomon Rondon not cutting the mustard.

Anthony Gordon did what he could as a makeshift number nine but he much prefers being able to run in behind or at his opposite number than holding the ball up for others.

Maupay has helped somewhat in that regard but even he is not the target man that Lampard ideally wants but he was one of the few available at a reasonable price at the time.

Calvert-Lewin has always been the one he wants to lead the line and he has had to be incredibly patient with his sustained injury problems over his tenure on Merseyside so far.

The visit of David Moyes’ Hammers on Sunday might be the first time Lampard gets to play his ideal attack ever since he arrived at Everton and there can be no excuses about the result as a consequence.