Nedum Onuoha told ESPN that Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the most improved player in the Premier League ahead of Luke Shaw.
It was suggested to the former centre-back that Manchester United’s £27 million star (BBC Sport) is perhaps the most improved, but he was having none of it.
Whilst Calvert-Lewin’s performances have always been strong, he always lacked goals and that killer instinct in the final third.
But ever since Carlo Ancelotti arrived on Merseyside, he has transformed the 24-year-old into one of the most feared forwards in the league.
And Onuoha explained why DCL is the most improved and why Shaw, who has perhaps been the best left-back in England this season, shouldn’t be spoken about.
On Shaw being at the top of many people’s lists: “No, he’s been at Manchester United for a few years, and obviously he has had his issues, but there was one point where he was very good.
“But I would say Dominic Calvert-Lewin because in years gone by he has never really been spoken about as being a talisman.
“But this year when he doesn’t play for Everton, I think they are a poorer side. So, for that to be the case and for him to be playing for England now then I have to put him in that conversation.
On Shaw also playing for England now: “Yes, but he was doing it before, whereas, Calvert Lewin was not.”
Only Cristiano Ronaldo could claim to leap as high and as powerfully as Calvert-Lewin does because it’s a weapon in his game that he has showcased throughout the season.
Everton legend, Duncan Ferguson, who works closely with the England man, will be proud of some of the headed goals DCL has scored this term.
But after a productive and successful campaign, he will be hoping it all leads to Everton securing a European finish and a spot for himself at the Euros.