Dominic Calvert-Lewin back firing for Everton after Lucas Digne’s return

Everton’s frantic cup tie with Tottenham saw them progress into the quarter-final of the competition with a 5-4 win after extra-time, in part thanks to Dominic Calvert-Lewin once again.

In an absolutely crazy game of football, Jose Mourinho’s team took the lead early on thanks to Davinson Sanchez’s header from a corner. They dominated most of the first half until Calvert-Lewin picked up on an error at the back and smashed past Hugo Lloris for his third goal in three games. Minutes later, Richarlison scored a low drive from the edge of the box to put Everton ahead before Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a penalty to make it 3-3 just two minutes after that.

Erik Lamela was able to pull one back for Spurs just before half-time with a fine left footed strike from inside the box to make it 3-2. Sanchez got his second of the game with a tap in from another corner to make it 3-3 in the second half, before Richarlison scored again to make it 4-3 and then substitute Harry Kane equalised late on to send the game to extra time.

Everton retook the lead in extra-time thanks to Brazilian winger Bernard’s strike and it ended up being enough to seal progression into the next round for the Toffees.

Calvert-Lewin went off injured in the middle of the second half as a precaution but his performance particularly in the spell where Everton ran away with the game was very impressive.

Physically he is a unit, but he has a delicate first touch, great speed and is a very good finisher once in on goal whether it be with his feet or his head.

But recently he had been going through a tough patch in front of goal. He scored just once in eight games between the end of November and end of January, which just so happened to coincide with the absence of Lucas Digne at full-back.

The French left-back picked up an injury following the 3-2 win over Fulham in November, where he got two assists and Calvert-Lewin scored twice. He wouldn’t make his return to action for Everton until a cup game in January against Rotherham and wouldn’t share the pitch with the striker until the 27th of January.

In that time, Calvert-Lewin would score just twice. He equalised for the Blues in the 1-1 draw with Burnley before a six game drought that ended with a goal against Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.

Since getting back on the pitch together, the 23-year-old forward has scored in each of his last three games now and looks set to get back on the track that saw him earn his England debut earlier this season.

He’s already matched his total for Premier League goals from last season and has already surpassed his best goalscoring season for all competitions too. He is en route for a 25 goal season in all competitions, which should be more than enough to secure him a place on the plane for Euro 2020.

The return to action of Digne and the return of form of Calvert-Lewin coinciding with each other isn’t a coincidence and Everton couldn’t be happier. They’re still in the race for top four with a game in hand and are now in the last eight of a cup competition.

With his mid-season dip seemingly over with and Digne back and flying again, Everton are gearing up for a great end to their season.


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