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Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin talks confidence, control and No.9 pressures

Dominic Calvert-Lewin could not wait to put the ball on the penalty spot and later spoke about the possibility of forming a partnership with Harry Kane.

If ever there was a striker whose game is deeply rooted in confidence, it appears to be Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Maybe that is why he has been known to go on hot AND cold streaks.

Calvert-Lewin regularly credits Carlo Ancelotti and Duncan Ferguson with his surge in form but in the latter stages of last season, he went TEN Premier League games without a goal.

Earlier in his career, that might have unnerved him but Calvert-Leiwn clearly believes he has matured psychologically.

He explained: “The pressure that comes with being a number nine is that sometimes if you don’t score, you are not fit to wear the boots but if you do score, you are just doing your job.

“My experience so far has taught me to control what I can control, the rest will take care of itself.

“There will be times when there are dips in form, there will be times when I hit heights.”

And he is certainly hitting the heights this season.

Calvert-Lewin, 23, has eight Premier League goals, an EFL Cup hat-trick and two international goals.

The way he dispatched his second England goal from the spot typified his current bullishness.

He said: “I was told I was on penalties before the game so as soon as Bukayo went down, I grabbed the ball.

“I have no problem taking penalties. I want to take them for my club as well.

“This was a chance to showcase my ability. I am completely confident at the minute.”

It is significant how many times Calvert-Lewin returns to the subject of confidence, hinting it has something he has struggled with in the past.

He went on: “If I didn’t believe then perhaps circumstances would have got the better of me. When you go many games without scoring a goal, your confidence can get low.

"You can start to take your eye off what you can control and what is really important.

“I always believed this moment would come. It was just a matter of getting a bit of momentum and confidence. You look at things that have happened: Carlo coming in, working with Dunc.

“They have instilled that confidence in me from outside the pitch, which is perhaps what I needed.

"I always believe things happen for a reason and I wouldn’t change my journey in the slightest.

“I am happy how it has gone and happy to be here now. That has made me into the person and player I am today.”

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