Everton coach says he’s been very impressed by 25-year-old in training

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin endured a tough campaign last season as he struggled with injuries.

The 25-year-old only managed 18 appearances for the Toffees after suffering a fractured toe at the beginning of the season under former boss Rafael Benitez.

But it seems the England striker is stepping up his efforts ahead of the new season, with first-team coach Chris Jones telling the Liverpool ECHO that he’s been impressed with him in training.

He said: “Dominic is looking good. He had a tough season last year in terms of his injury to him. He came in really good at the end with the important goal that he scored for us.”

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Calvert-Lewin managed five goals last season despite his prolonged absences from the team. But it was a significant drop-off from the 21 goals I managed in the campaign before.

Everton boss Frank Lampard lost the team’s star performer in Richarlison to Tottenham Hotspur this summer, for a fee worth up to £60 million (BBC). While Calvert-Lewin was slightly off the pace last season, the Brazilian stepped up and played a huge part in the team avoiding relegation.

With Richarlison gone, it seems vital that Calvert-Lewin rediscovers his scoring touch and Jones told the ECHO that he looks fit in training.

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He said: “I think he looks like the athlete that he wants to be now, and through the rest of the pre-season we will be looking to develop that.”

The England International has been linked with a move to Newcastle United in recent weeks, with reports stating that the club fear they will receive a bid.

But it looks like Calvert-Lewin could be staying put for the time being, especially after the Toffees received a good fee for Richarlison. And if Lampard’s team don’t want to be dragged into another relegation battle, it will be important that the striker stays fit.

TBR’s View: Calvert-Lewin needs a big start to the season ahead of the World Cup

There is no doubting Calvert-Lewin’s ability and goalscoring record for Everton before last season. But after struggling with injuries, he will be desperate to get back amongst the goals – especially with the World Cup looming.

Lampard will also be desperate to avoid another relegation battle at Goodison Park and to make sure that doesn’t happen again, Calvert-Lewin will have to rediscover his goal scoring touch.

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