Everton captain Seamus Coleman has waxed lyrical about Toffees teammate Dominic Calvert-Lewin, praising the “incredible” hard work he’s put in over the years.
The 23-year-old has enjoyed a superb start to the season, boasting an incredible tally of 11 goals in 9 games, including 8 in 7 Premier League appearances.
Calvert-Lewin’s efforts helped Everton go top of the table last month, and despite the Toffees’ form slipping since the last international break, the forward continues to shine.
In addition, the 6ft 2in sharpshooter was called up to the England squad this month and won his first three caps, even netting on his debut against Wales.
“It’s great for the club, for himself, his family to be getting that international recognition,” Coleman told the Everton media team.
“I heard him say in an interview that he wasn’t an overnight success, and he’s right, because the work you have to do in the background to get to that level is incredible.
“That’s one thing I could never question about Dominic. Once he gets on that training pitch or the gym, he gives 100 percent and he always wants to get better.”
It seems like a long time ago that Calvert-Lewin was subject to a lot of criticism, but now the £1.5million signing looks like the bargain of the century.
He’s a young player who simply needed time to develop, and coaching and trust from a top-class manager like Carlo Ancelotti always helps.
Calvert-Lewin has gone on to answer his critics emphatically, and now boasts a Ronaldo-esque goal ratio as well as a great opportunity to play in next year’s Euros.