'Huge heart': Ex-Toffee thinks Everton have best number 9 in the PL

Nathaniel Kay February 10, 2021
'Huge heart': Ex-Toffee thinks Everton have best number 9 in the PL
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Everton icon Daniel Amokachi has called Dominic Calvert-Lewin the “best striker in England” with the Toffees “not far away” from a trophy, speaking to the Daily Mail.

Calvert-Lewin has 17 goals in all competitions this campaign and is in the hunt for the Premier League’s Golden Boot.

Amokachi, who played 48 games for the Toffees, said: “As we saw against Manchester United at the weekend, in Dominic Calvert-Lewin I believe Everton have the best number nine in the country.

“(He has) a huge heart. I think a place in the top four and a trophy isn’t too far away.”

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Amokachi has previous

Amokachi is best known on the Blue half of Merseyside for one moment of madness in the FA Cup.

The Nigeria international managed to sub himself on against Tottenham Hotspur during the 1995 FA Cup semi-final, without the say so of angry manager Joe Royle. Paul Rideout had limped to the touchline.

Imagine trying that on Sir Alex Ferguson?

However, Amokachi scored twice as Everton won 4-1. The Toffees went on to lift the cup that year, the last time they won a major trophy. Royle called it the “best substitution I never made”.

Fast forward two and a half decades and the clubs meet again in the same competition at Goodison Park tonight (8.15pm).

Blame for lack of trophies

As well as chasing the FA Cup headlines, Everton aim to break into the Champions League places this season under the Carlo Ancelotti revolution.

Amokachi partly laid the blame for the Toffees’ long trophy drought at the feet of Ancelotti’s predecessors.

He said: “With Duncan (Ferguson) and Carlo, you have a good combination now.

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“It’s surprising we haven’t won a trophy since that one in 1995. But I don’t think Everton spent their money well, especially under Ronald Koeman.”

As at June 2020, Everton’s net spend on transfers for the previous five years stood at £225.42 million (planetfootball).

Part of that considerable sum was spent on Brazil international Richarlison. He joined from Watford in 2018 for £50 million (BBC Sport).

Amokachi was adamant expensive stars such as the Brazilian would have left Goodison Park if it wasn’t for Ancelotti.

Amokachi said: “If they hadn’t got Ancelotti as coach, I think players like Richarlison would have left already. But now they are starting to build.”

Everton’s trophy dreams may become a reality if they can keep their lethal number nine firing.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.