Everton striker transformed under Carlo Ancelotti should get England Euro 2020 call-up.
Carlo Ancelotti took the reins of Everton on the 21st of December and has since transformed the Toffees into a mid-table team. When the manager took over for Marco Silva, Everton were just coming out of the relegation zone courtesy of interim coach Duncan Ferguson.
Ancelotti’s Everton are unbeaten in eight of 10 matches since his appointment and Sunday’s 1-1 draw was another example of the improved play the squad has had under him.
Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the most transformed player under Ancelotti’s management. The young English striker has scored 15 goals in 31 games in all competitions. Thirteen of those goals have come in the Premier League where Calvert-Lewin has played 1,836 total minutes.
Calvert-Lewin’s fine form continues
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singles out Manchester United target Dominic Calvert-Lewin after Everton draw https://t.co/QtaNkK0gEz
— Breaking Sports News (@breaknewfb) March 1, 2020
Calvert-Lewin’s first-half strike on Sunday gave Everton an early lead thanks to David De Gea’s error. The Everton striker has now scored in three consecutive games and is one of the most in-form forwards in the Premier League.
Since Ancelotti was named Everton manager on the 21st of December, Calvert-Lewin has scored 10 of his 13 Premier League goals. After struggling under Silva, Calvert-Lewin has broken out under his new manager and is deserving of a call-up to the England national team for the Euro 2020 tournament in the summer.
You know who was better? Dominic Calvert-Lewin!
— Stephen Howlin (@SteHowlin) March 1, 2020
The 22-year-old has not received a call-up to the England senior squad but his fine form warrants a place in the senior team. England manager Gareth Southgate was on hand at Goodison Park on Sunday to see the Everton striker in person and should have been impressed by what he saw.
Southgate’s striker options are limited going into the Euro 2020 tournament. Harry Kane suffered another long-term injury in the second half of the season. Although he could return ahead of schedule, Kane showed last season that he couldn’t find form quick enough after a long injury layoff.
Jamie Vardy is also suffering from an injury and missed out on Friday night’s Leicester City loss to Norwich City. The striker was well out of form even before the injury after a strong start to the season. Although retired from international duty, there were calls for Vardy’s inclusion. Marcus Rashford’s injury problems and return date timeline could see him miss the tournament.
Calvert-Lewin could be the answer the Three Lions need in attack and a young player to have in the side for years to come.
How good has the Everton striker been this season?
Dominic Calvert Lewin has turned into a proper striker by the way, the lad could play in any side in the world for me now.
— Matt (@matt1878) March 1, 2020
His 13 goals have him fifth in the Premier League goalscoring chart and is just four goals off of the lead for the Golden Boot. Calvert-Lewin has tallied 35% of Everton’s goals making him vital to Everton’s push for the upper half of the table. Everton are just five points off of the top five and could make Europe. The team will need to find more consistency gaining all three points against teams above them to reach European qualification, however.
Calvert-Lewin averages 2.5 shots per game, 0.5 key passes, 38.9 passes per game, and 2.4 aerials won, according to WhoScored.com. The Everton striker has exceeded his 12.57 expected goals (13 goals). According to Understat.com, all of Calvert-Lewin’s goals have come in the penalty area. He has been a fox in the box capable of finishing chances.
Will the Everton striker get into the England national team for the Euro 2020 tournament? Right now, he deserves a chance but needs to continue his fine form to be added to Southgate’s squad.