By Peter Lynch

30th Mar, 2023 | 4:10pm

Simon Jordan admits 'Disrespectful' opinion of Everton star Dominic Calvert-Lewin, shares it anyway on national radio

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin is a player that is “quite happy to be injured”, according to talkSPORT pundit Simon Jordan.

The striker has been plagued by injuries during his Premier League career, with Calvert-Lewin limited to just 11 league matches this season.

He has not played for the Toffees since Sean Dyche’s first match in charge against Arsenal in early February and has now been accused of succumbing to his injury struggles.

“There are certain players, that I believe – and it’s easy for me to say as a former owner and it might be seen as slightly disrespectful – quite like being injured, or are quite happy to be injured, and quite comfortable with being injured,” Jordan said on talkSPORT.

“There’s a psychological approach to overcoming adversity, and I’m not sure that Dominic Calvert-Lewin isn’t one of those players. Maybe not quite likes, but is quite accepting of being injured, rather than pushing back and saying, ‘I’ll overcome this adversity, I’m going to make sure.’

“Because psychologically, people can be injured in their minds as much as they can be physically injured. And so when someone gets a tweak or an injury, they don’t want to overcome it, they want to succumb to it.”

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Huge frustration

Everton have missed Calvert-Lewin this season, and Calvert-Lewin has missed Everton. The striker is no doubt desperate to get back on the pitch and impress his manager.

But various injuries have limited his chances for the Toffees in recent months, with the club forced to turn to the likes of youngster Ellis Simms in his absence.

While Simms has impressed in his brief time on the pitch, the youngster is not at the level of a fully-fit Calvert-Lewin.

Sadly, as has happened with other injury-prone players, Everton may be forced to make a decision on their star striker at the end of the campaign, one that could end in disappointment for all parties.

Hope does, however, remain that the 26-year-old can make a recovery from injury soon and play a key role in Everton’s survival.

Frustration is the main word surrounding Calvert-Lewin’s career so far, but Toffees fans will be eager to see the striker back to his best as soon as possible.