By Guy Giles
Everton youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin has spoken out in defence of under-fire caretaker manager David Unsworth, and insists the Toffees will return to winning ways soon.
Calvert-Lewin, 20, has known Unsworth since his days at Sheffield United, where Unsworth was head of academy coaching when he signed scholarship terms with the Blades.
Now Calvert-Lewin finds himself playing under Unsworth at Everton, and insists that the players are happy despite consecutive defeats to Chelsea and Leicester.
“The match at Chelsea showed we have those good performances in us, then in the second half against Leicester, they had a two-goal cushion but we were trying to break them down for the full 45 minutes and were the better side,” Calvert-Lewin told Everton’s website.
“If we can keep bringing that intensity and standard of play to our performances, then we will win games,”
Calvert-Lewin has enjoyed a somewhat meteoric rise from those early days at Sheffield United – he was bought by Everton last August and made his way into the first team just three months later, before going on to score the World Cup-winning goal for England U20s – and he credits Unsworth for helping him along in his development.
“He is good with a lot of the young lads. I think it is probably his honesty, he will tell you when you are doing well, but he will tell you when you are not, too.
“He is there when you need to speak to him, from a young person’s point of view,” Calvert-Lewin added.
Calvert-Lewin has impressed this season, making 19 appearances so far for the Toffees, contributing four goals and three assists.
In other Everton news, this star forward will miss their clash with Watford on Sunday.