By Kevin Phillips

2nd Oct, 2020 | 4:23pm

Kevin Phillips Exclusive: I was wrong about Everton summer signing

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin is one of the best strikers on current form in Europe at the moment, according to Kevin Phillips.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former European golden shoe winner believes the 23-year-old has benefited greatly from the arrival of James Rodriguez and admitted he was wrong about the blockbuster Real Madrid signing.

Calvert-Lewin has scored eight goals in five games this season, including two hat-tricks, and earned his first call up to the England senior side this week.

The striker has now scored 16 goals for the Toffees since the arrival of manager Carlo Ancelotti in December of last year.

Asked by Football Insider whether it’s fair to say Calvert-Lewin is one of the best strikers in Europe on current form, Phillips said: “Yes, definitely. You can’t argue with it.

“He’s playing in one of the best teams in Europe at the moment as well with the start they’ve had.

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“He’s certainly benefiting from Rodriguez who has settled into the Premier League really well. I thought he’d struggle but he hasn’t.

“You get the right players in and around him, which I think they have done, it gives him a bit more licence to roam and get on the ball and show his skills.

“Some of the goals he’s set up already with little flicks over the top.

“Calvert-Lewin is thriving on that and he fully deserves his call up.

“Is he our best striker in the country at the moment? You’d debate it because of Vardy’s performance at the weekend, Kane with his creativity and Ings has started the season really well.

“All of sudden, with Vardy retired you’ve got three really good strikers for England.

“Calvert-Lewin, credit to the young lad, he’s thriving at the moment and I’m delighted, I just hope now he gets an opportunity in an England shirt.”

In other news, Football Insider can REVEAL Everton are finalising a blockbuster signing after late-night London talks.