Ronald Koeman says Dominic Calvert-Lewin took his chance to impress when training with the first team to deserve being rewarded with his Everton debut.
The teenage forward signed from Sheffield United in the summer and has helped fire the Under-23s to the top of their league table, as well as earning his first England youth caps.
And this month his season got even better when he was called upon from the bench to make his senior Blues bow in the 2-1 comeback victory against Arsenal.
Speaking at Finch Farm to evertontv, Koeman explained how he was happy to throw the youngster into the action as his side sought a late winner and explains the potential he has seen so far.
“We know he’s a talented young player and he’s done enough sessions training with the first team to show his quality,” the Toffees boss said.
“He’s young but strong. He can play as a number nine or more wide. He had an impact in the last 10-15 minutes [against Arsenal] which is good because it’s always nice for a young player to make his debut.
“He needs to improve but he’s a good boy who likes to work hard and learn. He’s listening to every member of the staff and he has a big future coming up at Everton.”