Noel Whelan says that Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin looks like a “different player” after the departure of Marco Silva.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds hitman says that the 22-year-old appeared to have a new lease of life under caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson and that his confidence remains with Carlo Ancelotti in the dugout.

Having scored against Burnley on Boxing Day, Calvert-Lewin put Newcastle to the sword in the Toffees’ last game of 2019, his well-taken brace securing a 2-1 win at St James’ Park.

Whelan says that he was blown away by the clear difference in the striker’s performances under Ferguson and insists nothing has changed despite the new man in charge.

Whelan told Football Insider: “Calvert-Lewin, well, under Duncan Ferguson I think he was a changed player. I think again, now, still, he’s still got the confidence and the belief and he’s got the bit between his teeth.

“He’s going all out to show he’s the number nine there at Everton, at Goodison Park. His goal versus Burnley, what a fantastic goal, great header.

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“Getting across the man, using that skill to guide the ball inside the post, it was a great header, it really was. I’ve not seen too many better headers this season.” 

Calvert-Lewin’s double on Tyneside takes him to 10 goals across all competitions this season, eight of those coming in the Premier League.

The Toffees’ first game of 2020 sees them take on reigning champions Manchester City before visiting Anfield for a Merseyside derby in the FA Cup.

In other Everton news, Paul Robinson claims Carlo Ancelotti could turn an “underused” ace into a “completely different player”.