Dominic Calvert-Lewin says Evertonians have helped provide some of the most “amazing memories” of his life, as he declared his hunger to elevate his game to new heights and create more “special moments”.
Calvert-Lewin signed a new five-year contract with Everton last month, committing his future to the Blues until June 2025.
The 23-year-old was in scintillating form before the Premier League season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Calvert-Lewin’s predatory finishing, tireless work-ethic and competitive spirit has seen him shine as the focal point of the Toffees’ attack.
He had scored 15 goals in all competitions during 2019/20, with his power-packed centre-forward displays seeing him heavily tipped for a senior England call-up.
Speaking in an interview before the country went into lockdown as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, the striker described the thrill of scoring goals in front of Everton’s impassioned fans – and revealed the elements of his character that have underpinned his progress.
“The Everton supporters have given me some special, special moments,” Calvert-Lewin told evertontv.
“Some of those experiences the fans have given me over the past four years since I joined the Club have been some of the best of my life.
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"The feedback from the fans – I am well aware a tackle can lift them when things are getting tough at home, not only scoring goals – has given me some amazing memories.
“Every time I am on the pitch I try to give my best. Not only for the fans but for my own pride and respect.
“If someone can say you are not giving your best or trying hard enough, it is the biggest disrespect you can receive.
“For me, to give my all is the bare minimum of what I can do.”
Calvert-Lewin has flourished under the guidance of Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti.
The attacker hit the winner in the Italian’s first game in charge – a 1-0 victory over Burnley on Boxing Day – and has scored a total of eight goals in 11 Premier League matches since his appointment.
Calvert-Lewin, who joined Everton from boyhood club Sheffield United in 2016, says he is confident he will continue to make positive strides forward when football is deemed safe to return.
“For me, it is about building,” he added.
“I have worked very hard to get where I am. I have been working at it since I was a young kid.
“I’m very excited about my future here and I’m going to keep giving everything to try to keep improving.”