Everton playmaker James Rodriguez has set teammate Dominic Calvert-Lewin the target of scoring 30 goals this season.
Rodriguez, 29, has made a big impression on Merseyside since he joined Everton in the summer on a permanent basis and the right-winger appears to have raised the standards.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side are only four points off the top of the Premier League in an extremely congested table, which is why they have realistic ambitions of finishing in a European position this campaign.
Toffees centre-forward Calvert-Lewin has been an integral player so far, scoring 14 goals in 19 games across all competitions this season.
Despite a mini goal drought in the past few matches, the 23-year-old has taken his game to another level under the tutelage of Ancelotti and his best years should be ahead of him as he gains more experience on the big stage.
Rodriguez, who has played alongside top-class stars at the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, has given a glowing verdict on Everton teammate Calvert-Lewin.
“He’s a player always willing to score, he’s hungry to score goals,” Rodriguez said, as quoted by the club’s official Youtube account.
“That’s a great thing because all strikers are always looking for opportunities to score. I think he’s the same. He’s also a very young player, but still, he seems to be so ambitious. He’s hungry to score. I hope this year he’ll score 30 goals. That would definitely help the team achieve great things and get points.”
Calvert-Lewin is everything you could want in a modern day forward – he’s quick, physical, athletic and has great movement. If he could receive a supply line off any creator in the division, surely Rodriguez would be high up on his wish list.
The England international is a rising talent establishing himself as one of the top forward in the league, but he now needs to try find consistency and a 30-goal target is one he should definitely strive towards.