Dominic Calvert-Lewin has revealed that he was buoyed by his first goal since March when he struck the back of Bournemouth’s net on Sunday, but left the Vitality Stadium disappointed, as told to the Liverpool Echo.
Marco Silva trusted the Sheffield United product with leading the Blues’ attack at the weekend, despite the former England Under 21 international failing to score in his past eleven Premier League appearances (TransferMarkt).
Calvert-Lewin scored six times across his 22 top-flight outings last season, but he had failed to break the goal line for six months going into Everton’s trip to Bournemouth at the weekend despite featuring extensively in the fixtures in between.
But Silva named the 22-year-old as his leading man on the south coast in place of Moise Kean, and saw his decision rewarded with a goal in the 44th minute to pull Everton back level going into the break, when the Sheffield-born forward flicked Richarlison’s cross into the back of Aaron Ramsdale’s net.
The game was an otherwise quiet affair for Calvert-Lewin, though, as he had attempted just two other efforts on goal prior to his strike, and fashioned no more after the break before being hauled off in the 71st minute (WhoScored).
Being taken off having scored a goal left the striker feeling downbeat as he made his way to the bench, but finding the back of the net had improved his confidence, even though his lengthy drought had failed to dent his spirits.
“Not really, no,” Calvert-Lewin told the Liverpool Echo, when asked if his struggles to score had concerned him. “I’m confident in my ability, so as long as I’m confident on the pitch, I’m sure I’ll score goals.
“Every day the manager speaks to me about what he wants from me as a striker. Obviously, he picked me to lead the line [on Sunday] and has shown confidence in me [in the previous games].
“When you hit the back of the net you gain confidence. Personally, it was disappointing to come off when we were chasing a goal, but that’s the way it is.
He added: “I was happy to get on the scoresheet but we didn’t get the three points so it’s disappointing.
“We went into the break with momentum and we couldn’t carry that on which was disappointing. I thought that we dominated the game for phases in the second half but not to be able to get in front was a shame.”
Calvert-Lewin’s confidence not being dented while failing to score is a promising sign, as his head could have dropped over the past six months, and been hard to pick back up if the drought continued for much longer.
The former youth international does not always get himself into a position to score, though, and that is something that needs to be worked on with Silva if Calvert-Lewin is to avoid his strike at Bournemouth just being a restart to his record.
In his previous four top-flight games, Calvert-Lewin was only able to record one shot on goal in three of them, and failed to register any against Watford (WhoScored).
He has not been a creative force, either, with just one key ball to his name coming in the curtain-raiser draw at Crystal Palace, where he also recorded his best pass accuracy rating of the term at 73.3%.
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