Alan Shearer has told Match of the Day (broadcast on BBC; 7/12; 23:04) that he was hugely impressed with Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s performance during Everton’s victory over Chelsea.
The Toffees have kicked off the post-Marco Silva era with a victory. Duncan Ferguson oversaw a superb 3-1 win against Frank Lampard’s men. The victory has perhaps taken a little pressure off the Everton hierarchy as they search for Silva’s successor, and has brought an end to a run of three straight defeats.
There were a number of brilliant performances from the home side. But Calvert-Lewin proved to be the match-winner as he scored twice to bag his first goals since October.
And Shearer was full of praise for the 22-year-old’s display and suggested that his performance evoked memories of the man who seemed to be running up and down the touchline all afternoon.
“I was hugely impressed with him today because he absolutely battered the two centre-halves, Zouma and Christensen,” he told Match of the Day. “He didn’t give them a moment’s peace. When you’re a forward, if you can’t win the header then make sure the defender doesn’t win it either. He did it all afternoon.
“Big Dunc would have been proud of that because he used to do that as a player. He used to bully centre-halves, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin did that to those two today. Brilliant.”
There looks to be a real opportunity for Calvert-Lewin right now. Everton have struggled for goals this season, and no striker has been able to take hold of the position. Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin are the only players to have scored more than twice in the top flight.
But if Calvert-Lewin can build on Saturday’s performance, he stands a fantastic chance of making sure he is a key player for the next manager.