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Calvert-Lewin Determined To Answer Ancelotti Demand

Everton forward started season on 'perfect' note.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is aiming to answer Carlo Ancelotti’s call to be “more clinical” in front of goal following a “perfect” start to his Premier League season.

Striker Calvert-Lewin’s powerful header earned Everton three points from their opening day visit to Tottenham Hotspur – and the 23-year-old insists belief is growing in the Blues’ ability to stand up to any opponent.

More than half of Calvert-Lewin’s 25 top-flight goals came last season when the player elevated his game to new heights as the leader of Everton’s attack.

Everton were sufficiently impressed to sanction a new five-year contract, with Ancelotti duly asking Calvert-Lewin to refine his radar in front of goal.

The Englishman had two opportunities to go for goal at Tottenham, aiming both on target and ruthlessly converting from a Lucas Digne free-kick.

“It was a perfect start for the team and for me personally and it is something I want to build momentum from,” Calvert-Lewin told evertontv.

“I want to be more clinical in the box and score from every chance I have.

“It doesn’t always happen that way but it is important I continue to demand high standards from myself every day.

“I have the gaffer to ensure I do that and it will help me on the pitch.

“[The way to become more clinical is] every day, no matter where the chance is, or what you are doing in training, if you have an opportunity to hit the back of the net, hit the back of the net.

“And concentrate.

“Don’t ever lower your standards.

“Always keep your standards high and never get sick of hitting the back of the net – that has been the biggest thing for me.”

Everton followed Sunday's success at Spurs by defeating Salford City on Wednesday – when Ancelotti retained only defender Michael Keane from those who started in north London – to book a Carabao Cup third-round tie with Fleetwood Town.

Ancelotti is this weekend expected to revert back to the front three who began Everton’s Premier League campaign, letting loose Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison and James Rodriguez on West Bromwich Albion.

Calvert-Lewin was primarily employed in a front two by his Italian boss last term but is relishing his new assignment between the exceptional South American duo.

From a collective viewpoint, the attacker, who netted 13 times in the league last season, is convinced Everton boast the armoury to give anyone a game.

“I feel that,” confirmed Calvert-Lewin. “As a team we believe we can achieve and compete against anybody.

“It is all right saying it but another thing doing it.


“It is important we take action and do it on the pitch when it really matters and the pressure is on.

“The players we’ve brought in have added to the squad, definitely.

“I am looking forward to what the future has for us and continuing to work hard and enjoy my football.

“I am more on my own at the top of the pitch but have Richie on the left and James on the right.

“Me and Richie built a good partnership last season and enjoy playing with each other.

“Richie is good coming off the left onto his right foot and you know what James brings: his quality with the ball at his feet.

“It is an exciting time because you know we will get chances.”

Form Everton’s starting line-up against Tottenham, only captain Seamus Coleman has been at Goodison Park longer than Calvert-Lewin.

Signed from Sheffield United four years ago, he has played 135 games across all competitions – starting 86 – and scored 33 goals.

And Calvert-Lewin is welcoming his growing status at the Club.


“I enjoy the responsibility and my role within the team,” added Calvert-Lewin.

“I didn’t realise Seamus was the only player [who started last weekend] who’d been here longer than me.

“I have gone from being a boy joining the Club to slowly turning into a man, so I think with that comes responsibility I am willing to take on my shoulders.

“Whether that is being vocal or leading by example, I believe I am capable of both.

“It is important to be in the present moment and look around you and take in where you are and how hard you’ve worked to be where you are now.

“Sometimes, you can look too far ahead and think, ‘That is where I want to be, I will get there eventually’.

“And you take in too many external things.

“Since the start of this season I have focused on being present and enjoying training every day and the responsibilities I have.

“Taking them and running with them and enjoying all that is around me.

“I think that showed at the weekend with scoring the goal.”

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Calvert-Lewin Determined To Answer Ancelotti Demand

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is aiming to answer Carlo Ancelotti’s call to be “more clinical” in front of goal following a “perfect” start to his Premier League season.

Striker Calvert-Lewin’s powerful header earned Everton three points from their opening day visit to Tottenham Hotspur – and the 23-year-old insists belief is growing in the Blues’ ability to stand up to any opponent.

More than half of Calvert-Lewin’s 25 top-flight goals came last season when the player elevated his game to new heights as the leader of Everton’s attack.

Everton were sufficiently impressed to sanction a new five-year contract, with Ancelotti duly asking Calvert-Lewin to refine his radar in front of goal.

The Englishman had two opportunities to go for goal at Tottenham, aiming both on target and ruthlessly converting from a Lucas Digne free-kick.

“It was a perfect start for the team and for me personally and it is something I want to build momentum from,” Calvert-Lewin told evertontv.

“I want to be more clinical in the box and score from every chance I have.

“It doesn’t always happen that way but it is important I continue to demand high standards from myself every day.

“I have the gaffer to ensure I do that and it will help me on the pitch.

“[The way to become more clinical is] every day, no matter where the chance is, or what you are doing in training, if you have an opportunity to hit the back of the net, hit the back of the net.

“And concentrate.

“Don’t ever lower your standards.

“Always keep your standards high and never get sick of hitting the back of the net – that has been the biggest thing for me.”

Everton followed Sunday's success at Spurs by defeating Salford City on Wednesday – when Ancelotti retained only defender Michael Keane from those who started in north London – to book a Carabao Cup third-round tie with Fleetwood Town.

Ancelotti is this weekend expected to revert back to the front three who began Everton’s Premier League campaign, letting loose Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison and James Rodriguez on West Bromwich Albion.

Calvert-Lewin was primarily employed in a front two by his Italian boss last term but is relishing his new assignment between the exceptional South American duo.

From a collective viewpoint, the attacker, who netted 13 times in the league last season, is convinced Everton boast the armoury to give anyone a game.

“I feel that,” confirmed Calvert-Lewin. “As a team we believe we can achieve and compete against anybody.

“It is all right saying it but another thing doing it.


“It is important we take action and do it on the pitch when it really matters and the pressure is on.

“The players we’ve brought in have added to the squad, definitely.

“I am looking forward to what the future has for us and continuing to work hard and enjoy my football.

“I am more on my own at the top of the pitch but have Richie on the left and James on the right.

“Me and Richie built a good partnership last season and enjoy playing with each other.

“Richie is good coming off the left onto his right foot and you know what James brings: his quality with the ball at his feet.

“It is an exciting time because you know we will get chances.”

Form Everton’s starting line-up against Tottenham, only captain Seamus Coleman has been at Goodison Park longer than Calvert-Lewin.

Signed from Sheffield United four years ago, he has played 135 games across all competitions – starting 86 – and scored 33 goals.

And Calvert-Lewin is welcoming his growing status at the Club.


“I enjoy the responsibility and my role within the team,” added Calvert-Lewin.

“I didn’t realise Seamus was the only player [who started last weekend] who’d been here longer than me.

“I have gone from being a boy joining the Club to slowly turning into a man, so I think with that comes responsibility I am willing to take on my shoulders.

“Whether that is being vocal or leading by example, I believe I am capable of both.

“It is important to be in the present moment and look around you and take in where you are and how hard you’ve worked to be where you are now.

“Sometimes, you can look too far ahead and think, ‘That is where I want to be, I will get there eventually’.

“And you take in too many external things.

“Since the start of this season I have focused on being present and enjoying training every day and the responsibilities I have.

“Taking them and running with them and enjoying all that is around me.

“I think that showed at the weekend with scoring the goal.”