Calvert-Lewin's Gratitude To Everton Teammates

Dominic Calvert-Lewin says being flanked by Everton's irresistible South American duo James Rodriguez and Richarlison is accelerating his football education.

Everton centre-forward Calvert-Lewin has nine goals from six club appearances this term and added an international strike on his England debut last week.

Calvert-Lewin’s extraordinary hit-rate and a supply-line featuring two arch-creators are combining to steadily increase expectation on the 23-year-old – a situation he is savouring.

The former Sheffield United player is prospering under the guidance of Carlo Ancelotti, notably heeding the Everton manager’s advice to aim at goal first time.

Calvert-Lewin nevertheless demonstrated his wider repertoire when netting a hat-trick in Everton’s Carabao Cup victory over West Ham United on the eve of his England call, adding two one-touch finishes to a glorious piece of cushioned control and subsequent strike beyond goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

“When I came in to the dressing room after that game the manager asked me, ‘All one touch?’,” Calvert-Lewin told evertontv.

"But I don't think he minded me taking two touches for that goal.

“He is on at me every day to be in the right areas, to stay aware, to be on my toes in the box.

“I was as happy when I scored on the rebound after one came off the post.

“I had to be on the move and sniff where the ball was going to go.

“You have to be excited and learn every day playing with Richi and James.

“We enjoy playing with each other.

“For me, it is about taking care of my business and making sure I am in the right place at the right time to put the ball in the net.

“The only person who puts expectation on me is myself.

“I don’t concern myself with anything outside that.

“I demand high standards from myself every day.

“I continue to work hard, like I always have, to get into this position.

“I am just grateful the quality behind me is producing the opportunities for me to score the goals.”

Calvert-Lewin celebrated his first England cap with a goal against Wales last Thursday.

He started again in the Three Lions’ Nations League victory over Belgium on Sunday, with the potential for a third appearance when England host Denmark this Wednesday.

Everton resume their Premier League campaign with a Goodison Park Merseyside derby on Saturday.

Manager Ancelotti’s side has won all four league games this term and progressed to a Carabao Cup quarter-final with Manchester United following three victories in that competition.

Richarlison opened his account for the season with a cup double against Fleetwood Town, adding another goal in the success against West Ham 12 days ago, four days after getting off the mark in the Premier League when Everton won at Crystal Palace.

“He is a top player and improving every day,” said Calvert-Lewin.

“He has aspects to his game you can’t teach.

“For him – and me – you have to hone those skills you have and fine tune them to become a top player.

“He is electric and his workrate off the ball cannot be underestimated.

“As a winger, getting up and down the pitch and creating chances and scoring goals, he has everything.

“We are the same age and maturing at a similar rate.”

Four of Everton’s seven wins across the competitions this season have come after their opponents drew level in the matches.

And, in Calvert-Lewin’s view, the team’s resilience is a key ingredient in their flawless start.

“You couple that character with the ability and work rate we have and it is coming together nicely,” he added.

“In the cup, we have a great chance to bring some silverware to Goodison Park which is the standard we set for ourselves now.

“For me, I keep my targets to myself but I want to score as many goals as possible.

“The expectation I set for myself going into every game is to score.”


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