Date: 20th February 2018 at 9:36am
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Dominic Calvert-Lewin has promised to ‘keep pushing to get better’ as he looks for further Everton success in his breakthrough campaign this season.

The 20 year old attacker has featured in 37 matches across all competitions so far this season and that’s more than any of his colleagues and the England Under 21 international did sign a new contract extension at the club earlier in the campaign, keeping him with us until June 2023.

With eleven games to his name last season following his arrival from Sheffield United, he featured in our opening 23 Premier League matches this year and having made his breakthrough now in his mind, he’s focused on further improvement and providing more of a product to further cement his first team place.

Having been rested by Sam Allardyce for the clash against West Bromwich Albion with the gaffer noting that he needed to ‘rest and recharge his batteries’ that seemed to do the trick given an uplift in his performances since when he has been called on. An uplift also noted by Allardyce with him coming in for praise – especially the goalscoring cameo in north London a fortnight ago.

Speaking to the Official Site with eight goals and six assists to his name so far this year, Calvert-Lewin explained.

‘I want to play as much as I can and score as many goals as I can. I love walking out at Goodison Park, so my aim is always to play as many games as possible. Hopefully, in turn, the league position will keep rising every season. We want to keep pushing to better ourselves every year.’

Calvert-Lewin went on to say that his involvement so far has obviously been a delight as he wasn’t expecting to be this involved, but he knew he had to keep justifying his inclusion by having an effect on matches.

‘It is a massive positive for me to be affecting the games because I am an attacking player and that is my job, so it has been a good breakthrough season so far. I think having the rest against West Brom probably has benefited me. I played more games in that period of time than ever before. As a person and a player I want to play every game I can. But the gaffer made the decision to take me out and I probably am feeling a lot fresher in my legs and ready to go now.’

He added.

‘I have played 37 out of the 40 games, so I am delighted with how much I have been involved. It is great experience and I am thoroughly enjoying it.’

With Allardyce keeping faith in him, DCL had plenty of praise for the gaffer.

‘He is an experienced manager and has worked with so many top players over the years. I think for a young player, like myself, he is a good man to have. I am taking on board any little pointers he gives me. The fact it is such a great club and that I settled in so well when I came here initially made signing a new deal an easy decision. To extend my stay here is great for my career. The fans love football and love to get behind you. They welcomed me to the Club and, with the reception I get when I walk out at Goodison, it was a no-brainer. It is a club going places and I am looking forward to the future.’

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