Duncan Ferguson believes Dominic Calvert-Lewin “ticks all the boxes” as a striker and praised the Everton man for finally nailing down a starting role last season. The England u21 international missed only three Premier League games in 2018/19 and impressed in a lone role up front after January.
Calvert-Lewin has made 67 Premier League appearances in the previous two campaigns for Everton, scoring and creating 19 goals. The 22-year-old wasn’t a regular during the first-half of the season, but his upturn in form in 2019 led to Silva backing the youngster to lead the line over Cenk Tosun.
Ferguson believes Calvert-Lewin has “done very well” and backs him to keep his spot next season, saying on Sky Sports: “Dominic has done very well and has managed to lock himself into that centre forward position as a regular starter. “I think he’s got a bit of everything, he ticks all the boxes for me.
“He can run in behind, he can cover the physicality side of it, he can come short, he’s great in the air, his touch is improving. His stats to goals ratio is very very good, we think we can improve and we’re looking forward to Dominic kicking on next year.”
Calvert-Lewin joined Everton from Sheffield United in 2016 and has gone on to make a total of 93 appearances in all competitions, contributing 27 goals. The 22-year-old couldn’t find his feet in his early years at Goodison Park, with previous managers using him in a variety of attacking roles.
Silva, however, is getting the best from Calvert-Lewin, and now he’s one of the first names on the teamsheet – playing a full 90 minutes against Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United in 2019.