How Everton’s upgraded defense damaged Calvert-Lewin’s utility lines

Leicester 0-2 Everton

  • Gates: Richarlison (£ 7.8m), Mason Holgate (£ 4.8m)
  • Helps: Alex Iwobi (£ 5.9m), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£ 7.9m)
  • Bonus points: Holgate x3, Richarlison x2, Wilfried Ndidi x1 (£ 4.8m)

You just have to force yourself, God, this is war

Carlo Ancelotti has finally resolved his full-back crisis while improving Everton’s defensive potential.

Without Lucas Digne (£ 6.1m), Seamus Coleman (£ 4.8m) and Fabian Delph (£ 4.9m) Due to an injury, the Toffees boss admittedly took some time to find a viable alternative, eventually stumbled upon Chelsea – and also used it effectively on Wednesday.

In Everton’s last two games, Ancelotti have used center-backs to the left and right of a four-man defense Ben Godfrey (£ 5.0m) and Mason Holgate (£ 4.8m).

The end result was a sudden leap into the potential for clean leaves. They’ve had two of two possible exclusions since switching, more than the Toffees managed in their first eleven games of the campaign.

This is, of course, an achievement made all the more impressive by the caliber of the opposition during this period. Chelsea and Leicester both watched as Everton recently halted their hot attack form.

With Arsenal (home) and Sheffield United (away) next for the Toffees, anyone interested in a quick return on the defensive could find them on the blue half of Merseyside.

That said, fantasy managers should be careful before going any further Robin Olsen (£ 4.5m) who came in Jordan Pickford (£ 4.9m) for just his second start of the season in Leicester.

It appears that Ancelotti didn’t drop their English shot stopper and took the opportunity of a tight turn to give Olsen a few minutes instead of seriously fighting for the number one shirt.

“It’s a normal rotation. I would like to give Robin (Olsen) the opportunity to get involved in the squad. I have faith in both of them – Jordan is doing really well right now. “- Carlo Ancelotti

In the meantime, Everton could potentially suffer in the absence of a defensive midfielder Allan (£ 5.3m) who sustained a hamstring injury in the first half at Leicester that could prevent him from playing more than usual at this busy time of the year.


Meanwhile, Everton’s recent improvements seem to have had a negative impact on the back Dominic Calvert-Lewin‘s (£ 7.9m) imaginative potential.

He’s now two games without a Premier League goal, his longest dry run of the campaign to date, despite having contributed two fantasy assists during that time. And if it weren’t for an incredible salvation from Kasper Schmeichel (£ 5.5m) He would have found the network at King Power Stadium on Wednesday night.

Even so, it’s still worth highlighting a slight regression in Calvert-Lewin’s service on this redesigned Everton page, which shows much less proficiency in many areas.

Any team that replaces looting full-backs with center halves will have less fun with the flanks in the future, as we saw recently with the Toffees.

James Rodríguez (£ 7.7m) was a wonderful failure too, considering how unpredictable it is Alex IwobiThe crossing (£ 5.9m) took place while representing the right flank of the front three.

While the quality of the opponent in the last two games could also be a factor in Calvert-Lewin’s form, one should keep in mind that Everton remains under the last three in the season ticker in order to use the attack potential between now and Double Gameweek 19.


It was another disappointing result for Leicester at King Power Stadium, who have lost more games and conceded more goals than they have won or scored this season.

It only serves to reinforce the existing trend in terms of Jamie Vardy‘s (£ 10.3m) this season, with only 28 of its 89 FPL points (31.4%) earned so far in home games.

However, Vardy owners would be wise to maintain some confidence in the Leicester striker, not least because three of the Foxes’ next four games are on the road, where 61 of his points were scored in 2020/21 (68.5% ).

But the veteran center-forward was also a little unfortunate to dazzle against Leicester, certainly a lot more than earlier in the campaign when he was almost entirely dependent on penalties.

Vardy has settled down James Maddison (£ 7.1m) for a shot at range in the sixth minute and in the middle of the opening period, James Justin (£ 4.9m) managed to defeat Godfrey and put a cross on a plate for Vardy – whose attempt was caught by Olsen.

Leicester was then awarded a penalty in the second half which Vardy would of course have taken just to see VAR write it off beforehand Ayoze Perez (£ 6.0m) was deemed offside when the number nine header was spun into the net from a corner.

Leicester City XI (4-2-3-1): Flattery; Fuchs, Ndidi, Fofana, Justin; N Mendy (Iheanacho 73 ‘), Tielemans; H. Barnes, Maddison, Under (Pérez 62 ′); Vardy.

Everton XI (4-3-3): Olsen; Godfrey, Keane, Mina, Holgate; Doucouré, Allan (A Gomes 41 ‘), Sigurdsson; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin (Gordon 90 ‘), Iwobi.

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