Chris Sutton delivers worrying Everton v Bournemouth verdict after Dominic Calvert-Lewin injury
Chris Sutton has admitted he wouldn’t hang his hat on a Dominic Calvert-Lewin-less Everton getting a result against Bournemouth on the last day of the season.
The Toffees gave their Premier League survival chances a major boost with a last-gasp 1-1 draw against Wolves at the Molineux Stadium on Saturday (20 May) to move two points clear of the relegation zone.
However, Sean Dyche was dealt a double injury blow, with both Calvert-Lewin and Nathan Patterson forced off the pitch in the first half of the clash with hamstring injuries.
“We saw Everton yesterday, that Mina goal in the 98th minute, what an important goal,” Sutton said on 606 Football Phone In. [21 May, 18:30]
“But I mean, would you hang your hat on Everton to 100% get a result against Bournemouth?
“I wouldn’t. No Calvert-Lewin by the looks of it as well.”
The injury to Calvert-Lewin simply couldn’t have come at a worse time for Everton ahead of their showdown against Bournemouth next weekend.
By the looks of the striker’s body language when coming off the pitch on Saturday, he won’t be fit to feature again this season.
Despite the Toffees starting brightly in their clash against Wolves and the Englishman proving a strong focal point to play through, as soon as he went off the pitch, Dyche’s side struggled to create any further chances of note.
The only saving grace for Everton was that Sam Allardyce’s Leeds side fell to defeat against West Ham, meaning that the club’s fate is at least in their own hands heading into the clash at Goodison Park.
The Toffees might well have already done enough to secure their Premier League status for another year, however fans really don’t want to be put through a nerve-wracking 90 minutes if either Leeds or Leicester were to take an early lead.
This injury is a fatal wound to Dyche, but his team should still have enough to crawl over the line.