Long term option up top do we reckon?
The pros are he's a multi faceted threat, in that he is dangerous in the box from any kind of cross, he can take a man on 1v1, has pace in behind and definitely has the strength and build to bully. Smells a goal, long term if you turn him into a functional striker you've got a potential superstar number 9.
The cons are that his hold up typically hasn't been very good, in my opinion (the weekend aside) he's actually been light years away from Calvert-Lewin in knowing the role and being able to bring the ball under control and lay it off.
At the weekend he seemed much stronger, maybe players closer to him with better options rather than Gylfi and Seamus when he's stuck on the right? Maybe the work he's been doing that he mentioned before the game has paid off and he is better at the role.
My personal feeling is that with the more fluid footballers in the side, we were able to build up through the middle with our best passing of the season by a million miles. This was helped by pellegrini playing hype job rice as a single pivot allowing Gomes, Davies and Iwobi to just pocket him and play however they wanted. With all that control of the pitch we had to go Keane - CF or DM - CF much less, so the balls pinged into Calvert-Lewin we usually see just werent there.
Perhaps in this set up DCL would be even better? Think he would personally but can understand going forward hell probably play when we need that stretching outball fired at his chin or 3 foot above him, while rich will probably play when we are confident of having the ball.