'Wow' - Exclusive: Whelan makes bold claim about Everton youngster for 20/21
Noel Whelan claims Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin could score 20 goals for Everton next season after saying he looks “reborn” in recent months.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds forward credited Duncan Ferguson and Carlo Ancelotti for the 22-year-old’s rich vein of form.
Calvert-Lewin has made 22 appearances in the Premier League this season, scoring 10 times for the Toffees who sit 12th in the table.
The performances of the former England under-21 international have led to calls he should be included in Gareth Southgate’s upcoming England squad, as the European Championship draw ever closer.
With injuries to the likes of Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Tammy Abraham, Whelan believes it is more than likely that the Everton striker’s services will be called upon.
“Wow, Calvert-Lewin has been reborn under Duncan Ferguson and Ancelotti,” the former Coventry striker told Football Insider.
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“He is now banging in the goals. Can he get you 20 a season? The way he is going at the minute, it seems like next season he probably can.
“Strikers thrive on confidence and he is getting it from both sides; the coaching staff and himself.
“It seems like he is loving life at the minute and is probably turning the head of Gareth Southgate, especially with the number of injuries to strikers for the national side.”
Calvert-Lewin added to his tally in the midweek clash against Newcastle United, a game in which Moise Kean scored his first goal for the Toffees since his summer move.
After being knocked out of the FA Cup earlier this month by rivals Liverpool, Ancelotti’s side will have the weekend off before a trip to Nigel Pearson’s Watford next Saturday.
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