By Declan Walsh

22nd Apr, 2023 | 6:40pm

Paul Merson stunned by 'phenomenal' Dominic Calvert-Lewin moment in Everton draw v Crystal Palace

Paul Merson was full of love for Dominic Calvert-Lewin after the Everton striker made his comeback from injury in the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Although the Blues dropped points in their survival bid at Selhurst Park on 22 April, it will more than likely be seen as a point gained due to the fact they finished the match with 10 men thanks to Mason Holgate’s red card.

Calvert-Lewin, 26, could’ve won the game, however, with the England striker just missing the target after a great piece of skill.

Alex Iwobi’s through-ball was poked wide of Sam Johnstone’s goal by Calvert-Lewin, who’s ball control had Merson purring on Soccer Saturday.

Speaking on Sky Sports News on Saturday (22 April, 5:43pm) when asked if Calvert-Lewin looked match-ready by Jeff Stelling, Merson said: “He did alright.

“The turn and the shot, the turn was absolutely phenomenal.

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“Massive lump up front by Pickford and he sort of goes up for it. He doesn’t win the header but it falls down to Iwobi and he just lays him in.

“It’s an unbelievable touch but he should hit the target and he scores if he does.

“When you see that, you think no one else in the Everton team could do that. If he stays fit, they do have every chance [of staying up].”


Calvert-Lewin’s long-awaited return to the Everton starting line-up wasn’t a goalscoring one but it was one that offers some encouragement ahead of a tricky run of games.

The former Sheffield United striker has scored just one goal this season and has had three different spells on the sidelines with injuries.

His latest hamstring issue saw him miss 10 Premier League matches with his start at Palace on Saturday being his first appearance since 4 February.

Sean Dyche hasn’t been able to utilise Calvert-Lewin due to this but you’d imagine that the 11-times England international is the kind of striker that he’d be able to get the best out of.

He did get Chris Wood scoring fairly regularly at Burnley so he should be able to do it with DCL.

Calvert-Lewin’s fitness won’t be there yet but his display at Selhurst will help massively.

Let’s hope he can do more of what he did against the Eagles but just add some goals.