Roberto Martinez has told Sky Sports – as per Football Daily – that he has been following the progress of Everton star Dom Calvert-Lewin, and believes the England striker is on a par with Harry Kane.
Calvert-Lewin, 23 is in the form of his life for Everton this season after netting nine goals in six games so far – including two hat-tricks against West Ham and West Brom. It earned him an England call-up, and a start against Wales.
He scored on his England debut, and with Kane struggling with muscle fatigue, Calvert-Lewin was thrown into the starting line-up on Sunday evening against Belgium. He impressed again on Sunday, before being replaced after 66 minutes.
Belgium manager Martinez – who left Everton before the arrival of Calvert-Lewin in 2016 – stated that he had been watching Calvert-Lewin’s progress from afar, and compared the on-fire Toffees ace with Tottenham star Kane.
“As a former Evertonian, I have been following Calvert-Lewin’s progress,” Martinez said. “I think that is as good as any number nine in that England squad. Of course, he is still a young player compared to the experience of Harry Kane.”
TBR’s view – Calvert-Lewin finally handing Kane competition
Danny Ings is a top striker, Tammy Abraham has shown quality in bursts and others have certainly impressed when given the chance for England. But none have been able to prove that they can rival Kane, like £20k-a-week (Spotrac) Calvert-Lewin.
Kane is still first choice, he is the captain and probably England’s best player. But Calvert-Lewin is showing the kind of form that finally hands England competition for Kane. Whether that brings the best out of him remains to be seen.