Dominic Calvert-Lewin has discussed the influence of Carlo Ancelotti on his progress and how the Everton manager has pointed towards the example of goalscoring great Filippo Inzaghi.
Calvert-Lewin has enjoyed a blistering start to the season as the spearhead of a new-look Everton side, scoring nine goals in just six appearances in all competitions including back-to-back hat-tricks at Goodison Park.
The forward’s fine form has helped the Toffees to six consecutive victories and earned the 23-year-old his first call up to the senior England side, where he will be hoping to earn his international debut when the Three Lions take on Wales in a friendly tomorrow evening.
Calvert-Lewin’s sensational start is the latest evidence of the marked improvement he has made under the guidance of Carlo Ancelotti on Merseyside, with the Italian holding up compatriot Inzaghi as an example of one-touch finishing as he bids to develop his youthful number nine.
Ahead of a potential England bow, Calvert-Lewin discussed Ancelotti’s influence on his ever-improving play and admits the Inzaghi example is one he has been quick to study.
“Carlo’s definitely had a positive influence on me,” Calvert-Lewin told a press-conference on Tuesday.
“I think, for me, with the age I’m getting to now, I’m evolving as a centre-forward, I’m learning my craft and fine-tuning certain aspects of my game.
“Beforehand, I think I was guilty of doing a lot of my best work away from the goal. Now, I’m focusing on getting in between the sticks and putting the ball in the back of the net.
“I think that analogy from Carlo was just an emphasis on being in the right place at the right time, not to say that I’m a carbon copy of Pippo Inzaghi.
“But if there’s elements of his game that I’ve been showing in my game at the moment, them one-touch finishes and being in the right areas and putting the ball in the back of the net.
“Funnily enough, he mentioned it to me before he came out and said it in the press, and I had a little YouTube of his goals, like a 15-minute reel of him. Obviously, a lot of his goals are one-touch finishes and he’s got great movement.
“You can always learn. I’m still learning now, so I always try to take it in.”
Calvert-Lewin has become a virtual ever-present in the Everton side since Ancelotti’s arrival last year and his regular involvement has seen his game go from strength to strength, the former England youth international insisting he now feels ready to make the step up to the senior side.
“I knew what I needed to do to make that step, which was ultimately to score goals and play with that consistency,” he added.
“You get freaks of nature that come on the scene and get straight in there [for England]. I recognise that at 20, 21, I wasn’t ready but I never stopped believing I would get there with the right work ethic and the right training.”