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Gary Neville Is Full Of Praise For This Everton Centre-Forward: Is He A Star In The Making?

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In a recent edition of the Gary Neville Podcast, Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville was full of praise for Everton centre-forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin following his goal-scoring display in the 2-2 draw versus Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Saturday. Neville said, “Calvert-Lewin now is thriving under Ancelotti and looks a top player. I thought he looked fantastic last week against Belgium for England in the way he handled that game. Now, he’s convinced his own people – which is something you have to do as a young player.”

Calvert-Lewin’s Magnificent Start To The 2020-21 Season

The English striker has made an outstanding start to this campaign, so it is no surprise that Neville has words of encouragement for Calvert-Lewin’s incredible contributions under the stewardship of Carlo Ancelotti at Merseyside.

The 23-year-old has already banged in ten goals in his first seven appearances of this season across various competitions which sheds light on just how much he has matured as a striker over the past few months.

Even though Calvert-Lewin has been lethal in terms of goal-scoring, yet his all-around contributions have a lot of room for improvement as he has averaged 4.0 shots, 0.2 key passes and 0.4 dribbles per game in the Premier League. He has also been sloppy with his ball-distribution after making only 71.6% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

Gary Neville is full of praise for Everton's Calvert-Lewin who is seen in the photo
Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 17, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Peter Byrne – Pool/Getty Images)

What Does The English Frontman Bring To The Table?

Standing at 1.87m, Calvert-Lewin is a towering presence inside the opposition penalty box and can bully defenders into creating a goal-scoring chance for himself. He is proficient at using his strength to get the better of his marker in the attacking third.

The England international is a deceptively quick forward but needs to be more penetrative with his runs up top. Plus, he can sometimes give away the ball cheaply, which is something that he needs to address if he wants to become a future star in Premier League football.

Is Calvert-Lewin A Star In The Making?

At the moment, Calvert-Lewin is playing the best football of his career as he can’t stop scoring for both his club and country. However, his overall impact on the pitch has been far from convincing despite his prolific goal-scoring record for the Toffees this season.

Calvert-Lewin has shown that he is a consistent goal-getter in recent weeks and could even be a star in the making but only if he works hard in improving his all-round game with each season. At 23, he still has plenty of time to work on his shortcomings and become a more complete forward under the watchful eyes of Ancelotti at Goodison Park in the coming seasons.

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