Everton boss Ronald Koeman has no doubt forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin is taking “big steps” at the moment.
Having been brought into the starting XI for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash with Sunderland, the 20-year-old shone brightly in a 3-0 victory for the Toffees, scoring twice as well as hitting a post.
Calvert-Lewin, who has four Everton goals in total, made headlines over the summer as he notched the winner for England in the Under-20s World Cup final.
And this week he was nominated, alongside the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele, for the 2017 Golden Boy award, given to the player aged under 21 deemed the most impressive in Europe during the calendar year.
Koeman feels the man signed in August 2016 from Sheffield United needs to improve “in most aspects” but rates him as “really a big talent”.
Asked ahead of Saturday’s Premier League home clash with Bournemouth how good he felt Calvert-Lewin could be, the Dutchman said: “That’s all about the future.
“I think he’s making big steps at the moment, and nobody knows where it will end.
“In most aspects of football I think he needs to improve – in holding the ball, in his movements. He can be more clinical.
“But if you are looking at other strikers of his age, he is really a big talent.
“He’s strong, he’s fast, and he showed (against Sunderland) he can score goals.
“I think the boy is really disciplined, he’s hard-working and he likes to improve. He’s listening, and if you ask something (of him), with all his commitment he tries to show that.
“He can play in different positions – he was playing as a nine, but he can also play as an 11, a seven, with two strikers. There’s a lot of possibilities with Dominic in the team.”