Dominic Calvert-Lewin has suggested that he wants to keep his place in Everton’s starting line-up, after impressing against Hull at the weekend.
Ronald Koeman showed great faith in the 20-year-old by selecting him to start against Hull, and the youngster repaid his manager’s trust by scoring Everton’s first goal in the contest.
Calvert-Lewin was on hand to poke home Tom Davies’ square ball, to score his maiden goal for the Toffees on just his second start for the Merseyside club.
The youngster’s contribution helped Everton on their way to a 4-0 victory over Hull.
And now Calvert-Lewin has had a taste of the action, he is eager to be given more chances.
"The manager’s shown big belief in me," the former Sheffield United man admitted. "Getting injured, I thought it might be a bit longer before I got my opportunity again. But the boss thought I was ready and so did I, so I like to think I’ve repaid him with my performance.
“Everyone wants a run in the side. Obviously I’ve got the internationals now [with England Under-20s] and I’ll go away to France and hopefully get a couple of games. I’ll come back and then be ready to go.”
Whether Calvert-Lewin will be handed more starting opportunities between now and the end of the season remains to be seen, but Koeman has shown great faith in youngsters since taking charge at Everton.
The Toffees appear to have a large amount of talented prospects breaking through, with the likes of Davies, Calvert-Lewin, Mason Holgate and Ademola Lookman all being handed chances of late.
Everton are next in action in two weekends’ time, when they face Liverpool at Anfield in what looks set to be a thrilling Merseyside derby.