Dominic Calvert-Lewin is working hard every day to become a complete centre forward, says Everton boss Marco Silva.
The 21-year-old was recently named England’s Under-21s Player of the Year by a panel of experts on BT Sport for a breakthrough year in 2018.
He scored five goals in eight appearances for Aidy Boothroyd’s young Lions as they secured their place at this summer’s European Under-21 Championship in Italy, going unbeaten throughout their qualifying campaign.
For the Blues, Calvert-Lewin added a further six strikes throughout a breakout 12 months.
His latest Everton goal – against Bournemouth in a 2-0 win at Goodison Park – demonstrated his all-round game. It was Calvert-Lewin who linked play beautifully with Idrissa Gana Gueye, Lucas Digne and Ademola Lookman before receiving the latter’s pass and drilling a first-time shot beyond Asmir Begovic.
But Silva knows there is more to come from Calvert-Lewin, and has been pleased to see that his young charge is “open to learning every day” as he bids to become a complete striker.
“Dominic has this quality,” the Blues boss told evertontv. “[With his goal], he is good when he has to keep the ball and after he is a player who is strong in the box and can finalise the actions.
“He has those skills. He is not just a player to attack from deep or run in behind the opponents’ backline. He is really strong in the box. In the air, also.
“Of course, he has to improve and we are working on that. He is able to improve and he is open to learning every day.
“He is improving in our model as well which is important.
“His [game awareness] is one of the things he has to improve. He has the physical capacity to do that. And now it is a matter of understanding the right moments to do things, the right moments to close space.
“He is doing well already and he is able to improve in future also.”
Calvert-Lewin stepped off the bench to score his sixth goal of the campaign for the Toffees in the win over the Cherries.
In doing so, he became the fifth Everton substitute to get on the scoresheet this season, with Cenk Tosun netting in wins over Fulham and Crystal Palace, with Theo Walcott and Richarlison doing likewise in the Carabao Cup tie with Southampton and the Boxing Day win at Burnley respectively.
Silva has called on his squad to carry on making sure they make an impact on games, be that from the start or introduced at a later stage.
“It is something I want,” he added. “If you play 90 minutes or 10 or five, always be ready to help the team.
“In some moments you might only play 10 minutes but you can really help the team like Dominic did in the Bournemouth game.
“It is really important for me when you can put new players in and they can help the team with goals like Dominic did, or with the other solutions.”