Everton assistant manager Davide Ancelotti has waxed lyrical about Toffees striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin for his quality and attitude on the pitch and in training.
The 23-year-old has enjoyed a superb season so far, boasting an incredible tally of 14 goals in 16 games, including 11 strikes and an assist in 14 Premier League appearances.
Calvert-Lewin’s efforts helped Everton go top of the table earlier this season, with 14 league games played, they continue to fly high, currently sitting fourth and just one point off second.
Ancelotti Jr has told talkSPORT that the England international is improving with every game he plays, and has the potential to become one of the world’s top players.
“He is a special player,” the 31-year-old coach said. “He has fantastic abilities. Game-by-game you can see his improvement and how he is able to make the difference in this league. It’s not easy to make the difference.
“Especially from a physical point of view, it’s difficult to see a player in this league that is better than the others because the level is really high. But Dominic is able to impress from this point of view.”
Ancelotti Sr has coached legendary strikers such as Ronaldo, Filippo Inzaghi, David Trezeguet and Didier Drogba and, asked whether Calvert-Lewin can reach their level, Ancelotti Jr replied: “I think he has all [the attributes] to be the same.
“Of course, he is at the beginning of his way. But as I said, game-by-game, I’m seeing big improvements. Also in training he is working very hard to improve.
“The special ability he has, that all the big talents have, is that he knows his body really well. He knows his feelings really well and that’s not so common. For example, [Cristiano] Ronaldo was a player like this. He was able to understand his body.”
It seems like an eternity ago that Calvert-Lewin was subject to a lot of criticism, but now the £1.5million signing looks like the bargain of the century.
He’s a young player who simply needed time to develop, and coaching and trust from a top-class manager like Carlo Ancelotti always helps.
Calvert-Lewin has gone on to answer his critics emphatically, and now boasts a superb goal ratio as well as a great opportunity to play in next year’s Euros.