Everton midfielder Tom Davies has waxed lyrical about Toffees teammate Dominic Calvert-Lewin following his impressive efforts for the Goodison Park outfit.
The 24-year-old has enjoyed a superb season so far, boasting a superb tally of 19 goals in 32 games in all competitions, including 14 strikes and two assists from 26 Premier League appearances.
Calvert-Lewin hit the ground running early in the season but injuries have sadly disrupted his momentum, and he remains unavailable due to the abductor problem that kept him out of Monday’s goalless draw at Brighton.
Davies is proud of the way the Toffees striker has answered some of his critics and says his development is no surprise given the work he puts in behind the scenes at Goodison Park.
The midfielder also believes Calvert-Lewin is still improving and “will reach” new levels in the coming years.
“I am so proud of him, he has been fantastic this year,” Davies told Sky Sports ahead of Everton’s Premier League meeting with Spurs on Friday night.
“I think he has had a lot of people maybe putting a bit of doubt on him in previous years, but this year he has put all that to bed.
“Working with him every day, I can see the work that he puts in, how much time off the pitch he thinks about things, and really gets himself in the best frame of mind and physical state that he can be to perform how he has done.
“It is not a surprise to me how well he is doing, and I still think he has a lot of levels to reach – and will reach – because of the person he is and how professional he is.
“You always want to see your friends doing well, we are all buzzing for him and long may it continue. Off the pitch, the way he has grown as a person is also fantastic.”
It seems like an eternity ago that Calvert-Lewin was subject to 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 star in the European Championships this summer.