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Everton: Dominic Calvert-Lewin showed his assertiveness to get number 9 shirt

Everton: Dominic Calvert-Lewin showed his assertiveness to get number 9 shirt

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has spoken about getting the Everton number 9 shirt to the club’s official website.

The 22-year-old wore the number 29 last season, but has made the switch to the more prestigious number for the 2019/20 campaign.

Speaking about the conversation that led to the change, he said: “It hadn’t been on my mind but I knew the shirt could be coming available so, naturally – I played 10 games on the bounce at the back end of last season – I asked the question, we had a little conversation and the manager said: ‘If you want it, you can have it’, so I took it.

“Coming into the team as a young player, you have to go through that transition to being viewed as an established player.”

Calvert-Lewin was Everton’s most used striker last season, making 19 starts and 16 substitute appearances across the campaign, scoring six goals and assisting twice, as per WhoScored.

Despite the signing of Moise Kean from Juventus this summer, the Englishman has managed to keep his starting spot for the season’s opening fixtures, playing from the beginning against both Crystal Palace and Watford.

However, he hasn’t had the greatest impact so far, failing to score or assist, while averaging 0.5 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per game

In addition, he has been successful with just 57.7% of the passes he has attempted so far, getting an average rating 0f 6.7.

Calvert-Lewin has done well to get himself into his current position, but the 22-year-old will need to improve his early-season performances if he is to keep hold of his place.

Having moved to Goodison Park, Kean will not just let Calvert-Lewin have an easy ride as Everton’s main striker, so the Englishman must now ensure he doesn’t give the new man any chance to steal the striker spot.

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