He is top of the Premier League scoring charts, an instant England star and the man behind Everton ’s remarkable ascent to the top of the table.
Yet for Carlo Ancelotti, his striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin is only at the start of what he can achieve as the coming man of the English game.
The Italian coach has worked with some of the all time greats. He turned Filippo Inzaghi into one of the most lethal goalscorers of his generation, gave a platform to Andrei Shevchenko, and even further honed the talent of Zinedine Zidane.
And as the Blues head to Southampton looking for the win which will all but guarantee they head into November at the top of the Premier League, he offered an insight into the transformation of Calvert-Lewin, with a wonderful story of training ground tutoring.
“I was joking with him today! “ Ancelotti explained. “I said to him in training, ‘What is the most important goal that you scored?’. He was thinking and thinking about what was the most important.
“So I said, 'Don't think about it. The next one is the most important so be focused there, the most important goal will be the next one. That is what you always have to remember’.
“And that’s it. The last one is the past. That has to be his motivation. He has to be ready to show a little bit more.
“He's doing really well, but for the fact that he has done so well everyone expects a little bit more. That is the key.”
Calvert-Lewin has already revealed how Ancelotti is constantly working with him in small moments on the training ground, quietly talking about taking up positions in the penalty area, where he can cause most damage.
It has taken him into the England side, and his manager believes that he must always keep in mind Everton’s motto – which states that ‘Only the Best is Good Enough’.
"Everyone here tries to follow what is the spirit of this club, the spirit of the club is really well explained in that phrase. Of course we are trying to follow this, I think it's a good motivation for us – that is what we have to do.”
Ancelotti confirmed that new signing Ben Godfrey will continue to deputise for the injured Seamus Coleman at Southampton, after replacing him in the derby.
He also suggested that James Rodriguez will be fit to play, and insisted he wasn’t points scoring by suggesting the Colombian forward could miss the game, after being hurt in a challenge with Virgil van Dijk at the derby.
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