Dominic Calvert-Lewin reflected on a “whirlwind year” after he began the Premier League season by teeing up Wayne Rooney to earn Everton three points against Stoke – as he vowed more is to come from him and the Blues.
Calvert-Lewin signed for the Club from Sheffield United on deadline day last August and quickly forced his way into Ronald Koeman’s first-team squad.
The 20-year-old made his Everton debut as a substitute in the victory over Arsenal in December and eventually started five Premier League games for the Blues last term.
And after a heady summer, which saw him score the goal that won the Under-20 World Cup for England in South Korea, Calvert-Lewin played the entire 90 minutes of the Goodison victory over Mark Hughes’s Stoke.
He crowned a promising individual performance by sending over the cross that Rooney headed past Jack Butland to settle the game in the Blues’ favour.
“It’s been a whirlwind year but I’m looking to kick on as far as possible and as best as possible,” Calvert-Lewin told evertontv.
“It’s a great start for myself to be in the starting XI on the first day of the season, so I’m just going to look to build on that and keep on improving.
“We’ve had competitive games under our belts. The lads have had a few 90 minutes, we were ready for Saturday and I think it showed in the team.”
With Premier League matches against Manchester City and Chelsea on Everton’s immediate horizon – and Europa League fixtures with Hajduk Split either side of next Monday’s clash with City - Calvert-Lewin stressed the need for Koeman’s side to seize the momentum gained from their opening-day success.
Asked if the Blues could improve on their display against Stoke, he said: “One hundred per cent, yes. I think we’ll only get better playing together and learning how each other play. I think the performances will only improve.
“It’s still early days, so we’re all learning how each other plays. It was a tough game against Stoke and we ground out the result.
“As far as first performances of the season go, it was always going to be tough. We did what we had to do and we will only get better playing together.”