Carlo Ancelotti has praised ‘clinical’ Dominic Calvert-Lewin after the striker continued his rich vein of form with a hat-trick in Everton’s 4-1 Carabao Cup victory over West Ham.
Calvert-Lewin has enjoyed a fine start to the new season and is the joint-leading scorer in the Premier League with five goals in just three league fixtures, with the forward netting his second treble of the season to fire Everton into the quarter-finals of the League Cup.
It was another excellent display from the 23-year-old who is continuing to grow in stature as Everton’s number nine, opening the scoring with a wonderful touch and finish before two quick-fire goals late on sealed the win and took his tally to eight for the season in all competitions.
Ancelotti was full of praise for his side and the performance of Calvert-Lewin, who must surely be in contention for a first senior call-up to the England squad ahead of next week’s international break.
“It was a very good performance, we did well and have good momentum,” Ancelotti told evertontv.
“We are focused, we have motivation and we will keep going.
“We reached the quarter-final… and I am really pleased the women reached the FA Cup final. It is a good night for Evertonians.
“Dominic is at a good level, he scored a lot of goals in these five games.
“It is important he has consistency and for him to stay focused to score goals for us. He has more confidence… because he played a lot of games.
“He is improving a lot in the box, he is really focused and clinical, this is the most important part.”
A positive evening for Everton was somewhat tainted following injuries to Richarlison, Jonjoe Kenny and Allan, though Ancelotti eased concerns over the trio with an optimistic assessment of their problems post-match.
“I have to see tomorrow,” Ancelotti said,
“It seems not so bad. Two twists on the ankle, for Jonjoe and Richarlison.
“Allan had a little muscular problem we have to check tomorrow.”
Everton’s victory over West Ham made it six wins from six in all competitions to start the new season, the Toffees playing with increased confidence following their early season form.
Ancelotti’s side host Brighton in the Premier League this weekend looking to maintain their perfect record ahead of the international break.