Martin Keown has admitted he’s been serious impressed by the development of Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The 22-year-old striker has taken giants strides forward in his individual game this season and many are expecting him to earn a first senior call-up to the England squad as a result.
He’s managed an impressive 15 goals in 31 games across all competitions this campaign, with the mid-season arrival of experienced manager Carlo Ancelotti really helping him.
The Telegraph has reported that the centre-forward is poised to sign a new five-year deal as a reward for his progress at Goodiosn Park.
Ex-Everton defender Keown has explained that he’s a big fan of Calvert-Lewin and has raved about his form.
“He’s impressed me. He’s always been a willing runner, very quick, he’s got good attributes. Now he’s bringing the game together he’s got a real package,” Keown told talkSPORT.
“He can support the play, link up well and is scoring goals. He’s getting better in those areas. I always felt a little bit in front of goal he didn’t quite have the composure, now he’s finding that with a top manager working with him. He’s getting better and better.
“I think it’s really good news [for England] that he’s doing exceptionally well. When you play international football you have to have pace and he has that.”
Calvert-Lewin is getting used to playing in a two-man attack at Everton and looks excellent next to Richarlison, but he’s got the tools to play a lone role too and should definitely come into Gareth Southgate’s thinking for England.
It looks like the penny has finally dropped for him in terms of becoming a goalscorer and he needs five more this campaign to reach the 20-goal mark, which would be a brilliant individual season from him.
The Merseyside club are right to tie down his long-term future and he could be their number nine answer moving forward if he builds on this year.