Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin is in line to make his first start for the Toffees since his return from the hamstring injury that made him miss two Premier League games this month. The Everton player sustained the hamstring injury during the FA Cup fifth round clash with North London giants Tottenham Hotspur at home. He was one of the goalscorers as Everton beat Spurs 5-4 at the end of extra time to progress into the quarterfinals. Everton came out on the right side of the nine-goal thriller at home to Jose Mourinho’s men. Everton will now face in-form Manchester City next month in the FA Cup quarterfinals at home to determine who will go through to the semis. Manchester City are a difficult opponent at the moment as they have won 19 games on the bounce in all competitions. Manchester City have won their last 13 games in the Premier League.
Everton’s director of football Marcel Brands has indicated that the Toffees don’t have ‘big plans’ of strengthening the squad during the January transfer window. The Merseyside outfit were closing the gap to the top six by the end of November but they have since gone through a lean run of form which has dropped them to the bottom half of the table.
Owing to this, there has been speculation linking the Toffees with multiple players especially in the forward department but Brands has said that the chance of pursuing recruits in the window remain minimal, he quipped: “We don’t have big plans. It’s a very difficult period to bring players in. We don’t want to let our best players go, also other clubs don’t. I’m more focused on the summer window than the January window. If we sell or loan players, then maybe we have to do something, and if we do something, it has to be good.”