Between The Lines: Calvert-Lewin hints Everton youngsters can outdo senior teammates

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Everton attacker Dominic Calvert-Lewin spoke to the club’s official website following his side’s 2-0 defeat to new Premier League leaders Manchester City at Goodison Park on Wednesday night, and some of his comments were a little eye-catching.

What’s the word, then?

Well, despite the reverse the Merseyside outfit certainly put in an improved display from the one that saw them beaten 3-1 at home by Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend, with Calvert-Lewin and Jonjoe Kenny two of the younger players to come into the starting XI in place of Cenk Tosun and Seamus Coleman.

The two 21-year-old’s impressed and the attacker was quick to send a message to manager Marco Silva post-match that hinted that he and a few other starlets should continue to start for the foreseeable future, at least.

The England U21 international told Evertonfc.com: “We played to our strengths, we put the ball in behind when we needed to. Also, there was me, Tom [Davies] and Jonjoe [Kenny] in the team. All young lads who love playing together.”

How could his comments be taken?

Firstly, he is clearly saying that Silva should invest in the youth even more with the team struggling for form and results in recent weeks, with himself, Kenny and Tom Davies all knowing each other’s games really well.

In addition though, the quotes could easily be taken as a dig at senior players such as Coleman, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison – all of whom were left on the substitutes’ bench against City – that the younger players can make more of an impression than their more senior and experienced teammates.

Silva showed he isn’t afraid to be ruthless with his selection against Pep Guardiola’s men, and it will be interesting to see what he does when his team travel to Watford on Saturday.

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