Calvert-Lewin Backing Blues' Ability To Shine Through

by Paul McNamara

Dominic Calvert-Lewin insists Everton have the ability to achieve the consistency demanded by boss Sam Allardyce – and is excited about the prospect of linking up with “quality” Theo Walcott.

Calvert-Lewin spent eight minutes on the pitch alongside Walcott in the Toffees’ 2-1 victory over Leicester City nine days ago – having sat out the visit of West Bromwich Albion when the 47-cap England international made his Blues debut.

Walcott then made way for Calvert-Lewin just past the hour mark in the meeting with Arsenal last Saturday. The substitute netted shortly after his introduction at the Emirates Stadium but could do nothing to prevent Everton from slipping to a 5-1 defeat, a result which left Allardyce urging his side to string together a consistent string of performances.

The manager did, however, draw a sliver of solace from the fearless displays in north London of both 19-year-old midfielder Tom Davies and Calvert-Lewin, who has featured in all bar one of Everton’s 26 Premier League fixtures this term.

England Under-21 international Calvert-Lewin wants his promising outing against the Gunners to act as the spur for a strong personal finish to the campaign.

But his primary focus is on ensuring Everton lay the foundations for a productive run of form by beating Crystal Palace in Saturday's top-flight encounter at Goodison Park.

“I think the main thing we are looking for is consistency,” Calvert-Lewin told evertontv. “There is plenty of ability in the team. It is just a case of getting it right.

“We are working hard and looking to build on our better performances. Arsenal was a disappointing afternoon but we know what we need to do to get where we want to be.

“That is what we are working towards on the training pitch and what the gaffer has got us doing. The more we work, the more that will start to show on the pitch.

“We beat Leicester, but could not back that up. We want consistency in our performances and that will, hopefully, lead to good results.”

Former Arsenal man Walcott has made an electric start to life on Merseyside. He thrillingly scored both goals in the win over Claude Puel’s Leicester, after crowning his first Everton outing with an assist for Oumar Niasse’s equalising strike against West Brom.

The 28-year-old’s fellow new-year signing, Cenk Tosun, had his Goodison bow in the clash with the Baggies, and subsequently followed Calvert-Lewin off the bench at Arsenal last week.

Turkey international Tosun joined Everton after a stunning 18 months with Besiktas, where he hit 38 goals in the past 18 months and fired the Istanbul team into this season’s Champions League knockout stages.

Calvert-Lewin is delighted the Club can attract such pedigree footballers and is certain the resulting ferocious competition for places will act as a boon for his side in the long run.

“You have to welcome new players and they have only come in to strengthen the team,” said Calvert-Lewin.

“Cenk is direct competition for me at the top of the pitch, so, hopefully, that will push us both on to do better and score goals.

“You can see the quality Theo has. I certainly can. I have not yet had the chance to start next to him but it is something I am looking forward to.

“He brings pace and creativity and as a striker [playing with him] that is all you can ask for.”

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