Dominic Calvert-Lewin says he is feeling “fresh and ready to go” after scoring Everton’s goal at Arsenal on Saturday evening.
Calvert-Lewin and fellow substitute Tom Davies won praise from boss Sam Allarydce for their purposeful contributions during an otherwise forgettable 90 minutes for the Blues against Arsene Wenger's Gunners.
For 20-year-old Calvert-Lewin, his 29 minutes of action in north London represented the forward’s longest stint on the pitch since he started Everton’s match with Bournemouth on 30 December.
He has nevertheless featured in 25 of the Toffees’ 26 Premier League fixtures this term – the one exception coming when Allardyce left Calvert-Lewin out of his matchday 18 for the clash with West Bromwich Albion last month, the manager citing a need to allow his player to “rest and recharge his batteries”.
The former Sheffield United man leapt above Arsenal left-back Sead Kolsinac to power home his eighth goal of the season at the weekend, three minutes after coming on to the field at the Emirates Stadium.
“I do [feel refreshed], I am young and hungry and want to play every game,” Calvert-Lewin told evertontv.
“I am waiting for my chance – like today [against Arsenal]. I am working hard in training and feel fresh and ready to go.
“The manager told me to run hard: to get forward and back and try to affect the game. I got the goal but, arguably, it was a mistake from myself for Arsenal’s fifth goal, so it was a disappointing afternoon.”
Everton were trailing 4-0 when Calvert-Lewin came on for Theo Walcott on 61 minutes. But with the attacker and England Under-21 international counterpart Davies, a half-time replacement for Michael Keane, to the fore, the Toffees belatedly began to get a foothold in the game.
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, however, completed his hat-trick and restored the home team's four-goal advantage with 16 minutes to play, the Welshman sweeping home a cross from Henrikh Mkhitaryan after Calvert-Lewin had desperately scrambled to keep the ball in play deep in Everton territory.
He confessed his intention was to prevent the Gunners from being able to draw the sting from the contest – and admitted the Toffees had endured a difficult evening in the capital after going behind to Ramsey’s sixth-minute goal.
But Calvert-Lewin insists the 10th-placed Blues must quickly turn their focus to next Saturday, when they face a Crystal Palace team four points and four places below them in the Premier League table.
“It is nice to score goals but on a day like today it does not have the same effect," said Calvert-Lewin.
"We are a team, we win together and lose together, for me – and the rest of the lads – we are disappointed with the performance. All we can do is work on it and put it right next week.
“Every game is a big game and we have to get our confidence back this week and put it right.
“Because of the scoreline I tried to keep the ball in play and keep the tempo going, as opposed to letting them get the throw-in.
“It was, perhaps, naïve from me, when there were two players behind me, but I will have to learn from that.
“I wanted to come on and take my chance but it was a frustrating day for all the lads. We wanted to come here and get after Arsenal.
“We knew that if we let them dominate the ball they would punish us, and they did early on. The important thing then was to not concede another, but they got the second goal and it was a tough task from then on.”