Budding Partnership Excites Calvert-Lewin

by Mike Taylor

Dominic Calvert-Lewin hopes his budding partnership with Wayne Rooney continues to prove a fruitful one for Everton.

The 20-year-old spearheaded the Toffees’ attack in the 1-1 draw at Manchester City on Monday night and provided the assist for Wayne Rooney’s 200th Premier League goal.

It was the second time Calvert-Lewin had set-up Rooney in as many games, after supplying the cross for England’s all-time record scorer to net the only goal in last week’s victory over Stoke City.

And Calvert-Lewin, who got off the mark for the 2017/18 campaign in the 1-0 away win over MFK Ružomberok in the Europa League third round qualifier, says he is more than happy to turn provider if it means helping the Blues record important results.

“Obviously, Wayne is a great player and he showed his quality again with the finish,” said Calvert-Lewin. “It’s my second assist for Wayne now and I’m happy to be providing him with those.

“Whether he scores or I score, I don’t mind as long as we’re scoring and getting good results.”

England Under-20 World Cup winner Calvert-Lewin was disappointed Everton could not take full advantage of their numerical advantage when Kyle Walker was sent off on the stroke of half-time.

The two sides ended the contest with 10 men when, shortly after Raheem Sterling’s 82nd-minute equaliser, Morgan Schneiderlin’s tackle on Sergio Aguero was deemed a second bookable offence by referee Robert Madley.

But Calvert-Lewin says the Blues can take heart from their performance, with trips to Chelsea and Manchester United, as well as a home game against Tottenham Hotspur, coming up in the next three league games.

“We’ll take the point,” he added. “Obviously, the circumstances of the game meant we had a man advantage for a decent period of the game and and we wanted to make the most of that and come away with three points. But coming into the game, we knew it was going to be tough.

“To a man, we’ve worked extremely hard. We couldn’t make the extra man count in the second half, but we’ve come away with a point and it could have easily been three.

“I think in the second half, we looked to come out more aggressive but City played well under pressure. Fair play to them for that, they played well, got the equaliser and ended up coming away with a point.

“We’ll take confidence from this result and take it forward, knowing we can compete with anyone.”

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