Everton emerging star trains with first team, shares key player influence
By Harvey Byrne
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has revealed he is training with the Everton first team and keeping a close eye on star striker Romelu Lukaku.
The 19-year-old made the switch to Goodison Park in the summer from League 1 outfit Sheffield United.
He is waiting to make his debut for the senior side, but he has trained with Ronald Koeman’s group at Finch Farm in recent weeks and also made the bench in the Premier League clash against West Ham in October.
Now the young starlet has insisted that he’s improving each day and that he’s learning from Belgium international Lukaku.
“I’m really enjoying myself,” said Calvert-Lewin to the official club website. “I’ve started training with the first team a little bit now, which I’m really enjoying. I’m improving every day, just listening and learning, picking up on little things that will make me a better player and just pushing on.
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“I’m learning from Lukaku, who’s in the first team scoring goals, and that’s an experience in itself. Obviously there’s loads of little bits you pick up from everybody; from the boss, Erwin [Koeman], Duncan [Ferguson], people like that, so it’s a good experience all round.
“I’m all eyes just looking and learning really. It’s a different battle when I’m up there. I have to be that extra per cent better, each training session is like playing a game and I’m only going to get better from it.”
Calvert-Lewin attracted Everton scouts after playing for both Sheffield United and Northampton in the last campaign.
He played in 35 fixtures for the duo, bagging eight goals and one assist from his forward position, earning plenty of experience in the professional game.
Now watching one of the best strikers in the country in Lukaku, it is hoped by Everton that his game will only improve as the 23-year-old Belgian is in fine form again this season with seven goals in 12 fixtures.
Everton could prove to be the right club for Calvert-Lewin with fellow forward Oumar Niasse’s future at the club looking over, while Arouna Kone is below Lukaku in the pecking order.
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