Paul Merson believes that Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin has adapted his game to focus more on playing around the penalty area, which he pinpoints as a big reason behind his success lately.
The 22-year-old has enjoyed a brilliant individual campaign so far on Merseyside and some feel he’s on the brink of a senior call-up to the England squad.
He’s played 27 games across all competitions this season for the Toffees and scored a decent return of 12 goals.
The striker has netted five times in six Premier League matches since the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti as manager and has gone up another level under the Italian boss.
Sky Sports pundit Merson has noticed a change in Calvert-Lewin’s game to play more centrally and feels he is now reaping the benefits of that.
“I think he’s changed his game. He’s not charging down the channels so much all the time any more. I thought he almost used to work too hard,” Merson wrote in the Daily Star.
“Centre forwards need to score goals. He’s doing that now. Someone’s had a word with him and told him to play in the box more.
“He’s quick and strong and I think he’s quite intelligent as well. He makes good runs. He’s a real handful on his day and those days are coming more often now.
“Now he knows he’s the top dog at Everton and that’s given him a lot of confidence. You can see it in the way he plays. I’ve always thought Calvert-Lewin was a good player. His problem was that he was too unselfish.”
Calvert-Lewin is playing his best football to date right now and there should be plenty more to come from him.
The youngster has so much potential to keep developing into a top player and reaching double figures in the league by January is a decent achievement for a goalscorer.
He’s such a threat in the air with his power and heading ability, while he’s starting to look a more composed finisher every week that passes.