Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been named in Garth Crooks’ latest Premier League Team of the Week, along with Toffees newcomer James Rodriguez.
Carlo Ancelotti’s charges ran out 5-2 winners against West Brom at Goodison Park in the day’s early kickoff, the six points from their first two games taking them to the summit.
The visitors struck first, Grady Diangana opening the scoring after a fine solo run, but Calvert-Lewin equalised in the 31st minute with a close-range backheel, allowed to stand after a VAR review.
A dramatic end to the first half saw James Rodriguez put Everton ahead with a clinical finish, before Albion defender Kieran Gibbs and boss Slaven Bilic were both sent off.
Despite being a man down and with their manager sent to the stands, the away side drew level after the restart through Matheus Pereira’s impressive free kick.
However, Everton retook the lead in the 54th minute as Michael Keane poked home after Sam Johnstone parried Richarlison’s header.
Calvert-Lewin then made sure of victory with a quickfire brace, a close-range strike on 62 minutes followed by a header four minutes later, with Rodriguez involved in both.
“This lad went 10 games without scoring last season,” Crooks wrote on BBC Sport.
“There were even some who were beginning to doubt whether the England Under-20 World Cup winner was good enough to lead the Everton attack at all. They are not thinking that now.
“Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s first Premier League hat-trick against a West Brom side frustrated by events is very much in keeping with the player’s continued personal development.
“Ever since club coach Duncan Ferguson got his hands on the Everton striker he has grown in confidence at an alarming rate.
“Now with Carlo Ancelotti at the helm, and Rodriguez providing the ammunition, anything is possible.”
It has taken Calvert-Lewin a while to completely win the Everton fanbase over.
In 2018-19, many praised his work rate but wondered whether his finishing was that of a top-flight striker.
The 6ft 2in marksman has gone on to answer his critics emphatically, as shown by his impressive tally and a much improved eye for goal.
Even better for Everton, Calvert-Lewin is now contracted to Everton until 2025, so Toffees fans can look forward to a lot more from the 23-year-old, whose best is surely yet to come.