'Amazing' - Exclusive: Pundit gushes over 'Fantastic' Everton mainstay silencing his critics

Noel Whelan has been left raving over the performance of Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin after he “answered a few critics” with his goals against Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds United striker says the Toffees forward has had a tough start to the season and that some serious pressure has been building on his shoulders.

Calvert-Lewin fired Everton through to the next round of the League Cup with a brace over Wednesday with what were just his second and third goals across all competitions this season.

Whelan says that the 22-year-old did well to snatch two goals against a decent Championship side in midweek and that his goals demonstrated a desire to succeed, not to mention helped silence a few of his doubters.

Whelan told Football Insider: “It doesn’t matter who it’s against, you can see he’s got fire in his belly, that he wants to succeed at Everton and wants to be their number nine, which is great to see.

“He’s had a tough start, people questioning his ability, whether he is the right man to lead the line at Everton but he’s gone out there and just hit the tennis ball back over the net. Answered a few critics, answered a few questions.

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“We know he’s got amazing pace, we know he’s good in the air, all round he’s a fantastic young striker. Scoring two goals, away from home, against a Sheffield Wednesday side who are doing pretty decent in the Championship will do him the world of good.”

Wednesday’s outing at Hillsborough was Calvert-Lewin’s 100th appearance in an Everton shirt, during which he has scored 20 goals and contributed 10 assists in attack.

He had featured in every one of Everton’s Premier League games before being left on the bench during the 2-0 defeat to Sheffield United, Moise Kean and Cenk Tosun preferred by Marco Silva.

In other Everton news, Football Insider can reveal that the club are prepared to offload one of their senior players for a significant loss.