Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti singled out Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin for his individual display last night against Southampton.
The Toffees secured a hard-fought 1-0 win at Goodison Park against Southampton.
Richarlison’s first-half goal was the difference between the teams in the Premier League fixture, with the result seeing Everton draw level with Merseyside rivals Liverpool having played a game less.
Everton know a win in their game in hand would lift them into the top four and supporters are now looking at finishing in the Champions League positions as a realistic target.
Ancelotti gave credit to centre-forward Calvert-Lewi post-match for contribution against Southampton, albeit he didn’t manage to get on the scoresheet.
The 23-year-old put in a real shift in attack, something fans have become used to seeing.
“Calvert-Lewin didn’t score but had a fantastic game and worked hard. We were really strong defensively and, I think, deserved to win,” Ancelotti said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
Calvert-Lewin has a remarkable return of 18 goals in 27 games across all competitions this season.
Fortunately, even when the England international is not scoring he’s still contributing.
The Sheffield-born striker has really developed into a top attacker during the past 18 months and no doubt the arrival of Ancelotti on Merseyside has helped him elevate his game.
He looks a guaranteed member of England’s squad for the European Championships in the summer, where he’ll have to put up with understudy to captain Harry Kane.