Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin admits he needs to prove himself despite scoring the winner in a World Cup final this summer
Dominic Calvert-Lewin led the line for England’s Under-20s at the World Cup His goal against Venezuela saw them become world champions in South Korea Calvert-Lewin has started well at Everton and hit the winner against Ruzomberok However he admits he cannot rest on his laurels if he wants to keep progressing
Dominic Calvert-Lewin secured a place in English football history this summer but admits he will start the new season with everything to prove.
Life has changed significantly for Calvert-Lewin over the past 12 months; at the beginning of the last campaign, he was hoping to make his mark at Sheffield United but by the end, after moving to Goodison Park, he led the line for England’s Under-20s in South Korea.
The experience could not have ended any better for Calvert-Lewin as his goal against Venezuela in Suwon enabled the Under-20s to become England’s first world champions since 1966, but he has quickly found that goal did not secure any future guarantees.
In Slovakia on Thursday, after Calvert-Lewin’s late strike propelled Everton into the Europa League play-off against Hadjuk Split, Ronald Koeman made it clear he wants to sign two new forwards; Everton’s manager will not pick anyone in his team just because they are young and have potential.
It is a message Calvert-Lewin has taken on board. Some could allow such a big moment to affect their focus but since returning to training, the 20-year-old has become rapidly aware that past achievements will stand for nothing in Koeman’s eyes.
‘It's still one of those strange feelings to think that I have scored in a World Cup final,’ said Calvert-Lewin. ‘It's a moment that will live with me forever. I know I am in very select company, but it is down to me to kick on with that.
‘With scoring a goal of that importance, I won't say there is expectation but people are more aware of who I am. I have got people around me who will help me keep my feet on the ground. That is the way it has always been.
‘As for the manager, he does let anyone get carried away with themselves and you have to work hard for your opportunities with him. I’ve got to prove I’m good enough to play for Everton. I’ve got to do things like I did against Ruzomberok, come on and affect games when I get a chance.’
In a perfect world for Koeman, he would sign Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud before the start of the season to go alongside the addition of Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson; Everton continue in discussions for the Icelandic midfielder and a £45million deal with £5million in add-ons is close to agreement.
Yet obtaining Giroud is not going to be straightforward and Calvert-Lewin could find himself in a position where he is involved from the start against Stoke on August 12; the only way that will happen, though, is if he continues to apply himself in the correct fashion.
‘Every season gets bigger and I know there is going to be competition for places,’ said Calvert-Lewin. ‘I just have to keep doing what I am doing, scoring goals and working on my development so I am there fighting for a spot. I just have to keep scoring goals.
‘The main objective against Ruzomberok was to come on and affect the game; thankfully I did that. We have got the result but this is great for me and I am looking to kick on in my Everton career. It just mean working hard and thankfully I have got my goal.’