Calvert-Lewin started the current Premier League campaign in fire, scoring in each of Everton’s first three games this season but then was forced off onto the sidelines owing to multiple injury issues.


The hitman has started five games since returning to the first team fold, but is yet to find the back of the net again, while Everton continue to struggle to get results as they battle relegation.



Even though Calvert-Lewin is struggling with his rhythm in front of goal, former Toffees star Ball has insisted the hitman should not be criticised as he is still trying to get back to his best following a lengthy spell on the sidelines.


Ball added that no one can question Calvert-Lewin’s commitment on the pitch as he is always putting his body on the line and believes the goals will start coming for him as soon as he scores that first one.



“Unfortunately, because we’re in the situation we are, as soon as he [Calvert-Lewin] was 50-60% fit we’ve needed him”, Ball wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.


“That’s put the pressure on him to get a goal but you feel he’s just that half a yard short.



“I don’t think his hold-up play was great at Southampton but he was very isolated and the balls into him were atrocious to be honest.


“He’s still finding his rhythm but he’s putting his body on the line and wants to help the club and his team-mates and you can’t knock that.


“Right now, he’s not getting to the level that we know he can get to but he needs these games to get back there.


“We need Dom to start getting back on the scoresheet but I’m sure as soon as he gets one, it will bring his confidence back up to get more.”


Fans will be hoping Calvert-Lewin can find his scoring boot again soon with Everton gearing up to host league leaders Manchester City at the weekend.