Lee Dixon thinks Everton striker Dom Calvert-Lewin is on a similar playing field to Tottenham Hotspur ace and England captain Harry Kane, after he scored on his Three Lions debut against Wales on Thursday night.
Calvert-Lewin, 23, was handed a start as Kane was left out of the entire squad against Wales – after the former Sheffield United star began the 2020-21 campaign in scintillating form, scoring a whopping nine goals in six appearances for the Toffees.
Kane remains England’s first-choice striker, but Calvert-Lewin has certainly done his England Euro 2021 chances no harm – as has Danny Ings after the Southampton ace scored an excellent overhead kick from a Kalvin Phillips corner.
During his co-commentary role with ITV Sport (Thursday, 8:40pm), ex-Arsenal man Dixon claimed it is fair to compare Calvert-Lewin to Tottenham striker Kane – claiming he makes the same runs as Kane and has a similar predatory instinct.
“Yeah why not, his physique over the last season has improved. It is easy to compare goals, but he has always made those runs like Kane and as Ian Wright says, he knows where the middle of the goal is,” Dixon said.
TBR’s view – Is Calvert-Lewin on a level playing field?
Not yet. Kane has 146 goals in 214 Premier League matches and 32 England goals in 47 caps. Right now, the two strikers are churning out similar performances and a similar rate of goals – but Kane has been doing it for some years now.
Should Calvert-Lewin continue to do it over the next three or four seasons, then it would certainly be fair to compare him to Kane – but he has a long way to go to be on a par with the England skipper, who easily remains first choice.