Dominic Calvert-Lewin says he is reaping the rewards from Carlo Ancelotti’s training ground guidance after hitting his first professional hat-trick in Everton’s 5-2 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Everton produced a vibrant attacking performance at Goodison Park to sustain their 100-per-cent start to the 2020/21 season, with James Rodriguez marking a sparkling home debut with a fine goal and Michael Keane scoring for the second game in succession.
Calvert-Lewin followed up his match-winning header in Everton’s Premier League opener at Spurs with a trio of predatory finishes against West Brom.
The 23-year-old’s strength, hold-up play and sharp movement also impressed as he delivered a complete centre-forward display.
Calvert-Lewin explained how boss Ancelotti’s expert advice has been instrumental to his blistering start to the campaign.
“The manager is on me every day about one-touch finishes and being in the box - being in the right areas to put the ball in the back of the net," he said.
“Thankfully, today I was. It’s nice to know what I’m working on in training is coming off on the pitch and that’s the biggest reward, really.
“Obviously, it was a nice day for myself – my first hat-trick in professional football and in the end a good team performance.
“But it’s important not to get carried away.
“For me, personally, in every game I’m aiming to get a goal.
“I just need to keep taking care of business here, scoring goals, playing well and keeping my standards high.”
Goodison hat-trick 🎩 🎩 🎩 pic.twitter.com/ImytrIA9Wl— Dominic Calvert-Lewin (@CalvertLewin14) September 19, 2020
Calvert-Lewin opened his account for the afternoon with a brilliantly improvised backheel.
He then tapped in at the back post following excellent work from James and Richarlison, before completing his treble by turning home an inviting corner from the Colombian.
James was an influential presence throughout and showcased his ability to devastating effect with a precision drilled finish from the edge of the area to put Everton 2-1 ahead.
“James has settled right into the team and into the Premier League,” Calvert-Lewin added.
“He’s got his goal today and I’m delighted for him.
“As a centre-forward, it’s great to play with him.
“He’s creating chances for me, which obviously I’m very happy about.
“He’s played at the highest level and you can see the quality he’s got already.”
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ANCELOTTI ON HOW EVERTON CAN GET EVEN BETTER
Everton’s opening three games of the campaign have seen the Blues score nine goals and rain in 64 shots on goal.
Next up for the Blues is a Carabao Cup clash at Fleetwood Town on Wednesday night before Ancelotti’s men return to Premier League action against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park next Saturday.
Calvert-Lewin says Everton will be focused on building on their display against West Brom.
He added: “I think we started a little bit slowly but then we got right back in the game.
“We created space, penetrated we needed to and created chances. I was happy to be in the box to tap them in.
“You can see the quality we’ve got on the ball now.
“We’re taking it game by game and will strive to to continue putting in good performances and getting good results.”