Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin moved to the number nine shirt over the summer, which is a reflection of the status he now has at the club.
The young hitman now has competition from Moise Kean to be the Toffees’ top marksman but has said that he embraces the pressure – and has already taken new-boy Alex Iwobi under his wing as well.
He told Sky Sports: “It’s a dream come true to wear the number nine shirt at such a big club with such a great history. It’s something you dream of as a kid. With such a big number comes great responsibility, I have to live with what comes with it – good and bad.”
When asked how close he’d got with any of the new signings, he said: “Alex Iwobi’s settled in quite well, with me and Tom Davies. He’s a good lad – I didn’t really know him before but I know him a little bit more now and he’s joined the breakfast table.”
TBR’s View – Calvert-Lewin must step up and regularly contribute goals to keep Kean out of the team
Everton have needed a reliable goalscorer since Romelu Lukaku left the club and Calvert-Lewin has the attitude to fit the bill, but he needs to become a regular on the scoresheet.
The competition for that place up front has increased with the arrival of Kean, who is young like the Englishman, but has more obvious talent.
The challenge for both strikers is to shoulder the burden of being a first-choice striker for a club with Everton’s ambitions, and that requires Calvert-Lewin to make a considerable leap.