Martin Keown has told Match of the Day (broadcast on BBC One; 22/11 from 11:40) that Dominic Calvert-Lewin has transformed his career as he lauded the Everton forward’s display against Fulham on Sunday.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men got back to winning ways after losing three of their last four before the international break. And unsurprisingly, Calvert-Lewin played a vital role in securing the Toffees the three points.
The 23-year-old is now into double figures for the season after scoring twice in the 3-2 victory. Remarkably, he is only three goals away from equalling his best Premier League tally to date.
And with his 10 goals coming in just nine games, Keown suggested that he was in awe of his development as he named the youngster the man of the match.
“I think he’s been immense today,” he told Match of the Day. “Both of his goals today, his hold-up play, his link up, really emerging now as a top talent.
“Gareth Southgate has two top-class strikers to choose from. I know it’s about getting into an area that makes it look easy but he’s completely transformed his career this season.”
There is surely no question that Calvert-Lewin has taken his game to another level in recent times. Ancelotti certainly deserves a lot of credit. But the striker is rightly receiving a lot of the plaudits.
It was not the easiest afternoon for the visitors at Craven Cottage. Fulham set up a nervy finish with an impressive second-half performance.
But Everton will take a lot of confidence from seeing the game out. They have put an end to their run without a win. And now, the supporters will be expecting them to kick on from here.