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Everton assistant manager Davide Ancelotti insists Dominic Calvert-Lewin can become as good as some of football’s greatest ever strikers.

The England forward has scored 14 goals in only 16 appearances for the Toffees this season, earning plaudits and even international recognition for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions.

The Toffees are flying high with Calvert-Lewin leading the line, and Ancelotti, who is No.2 to his father Carlo at Goodison Park, told talkSPORT the 23-year-old is improving with every game he plays.

Calvert-Lewin’s form was rewarded with an England debut – and he even scored on his maiden appearance

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Calvert-Lewin’s form was rewarded with an England debut – and he even scored on his maiden appearance

“He is a special player,” the 31-year-old coach said. “He has fantastic abilities.

“Game-by-game you can see his improvement and how he is able to make the difference in this league. It’s not easy to make the difference.

“Especially from a physical point of view, it’s difficult to see a player in this league that is better than the others because the level is really high.

“But Dominic is able to impress from this point of view.”

Ancelotti Sr has coached legendary strikers such as Ronaldo Nazario, Filippo Inzaghi, David Trezeguet and Didier Drogba.

Calvert-Lewin ‘knows his body really well’ like Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Ancelotti Jr

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Calvert-Lewin ‘knows his body really well’ like Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Ancelotti Jr

Asked if Calvert-Lewin could reach their level, Ancelotti Jr, who has worked with his father at Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain, replied: “I think he has all [the attributes] to be the same.

“Of course, he is at the beginning of his way. But as I said, game-by-game, I’m seeing big improvements. Also in training he is working very hard to improve.

“The special ability he has, that all the big talents have, is that he knows his body really well. He knows his feelings really well and that’s not so common.

“For example, [Cristiano] Ronaldo was a player like this. He was able to understand his body.”

Monday marked a year to the day of the two Ancelottis arriving at Everton.

Now, the Toffees are chasing a Champions League spot and sit fourth in the Premier League with 14 games played.

Ancelotti Jr has worked with his father at Real Madrid, PSG, Bayern Munich and Napoli

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Ancelotti Jr has worked with his father at Real Madrid, PSG, Bayern Munich and Napoli

Next up is a Carabao Cup quarter-final clash against Manchester United on Wednesday, with full commentary of the match-up LIVE on talkSPORT from 8pm.

Ancelotti Jr believes Everton can take inspiration from Liverpool’s success under Jurgen Klopp to win silverware.

During his five years in charge, Klopp has guided the Reds to a sixth European Cup and ended their 30-year wait for a league title.

Davide added: “If you look at the starting line-up when Klopp came in, it was completely different [to now].

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“With the planning, to be patient and to try to build year-by-year, you can reach objectives if you are ambitious. Everton is ambitious.

“Last year we arrived in 12th place and this is just the second year so we don’t have to think we are going to win the league. We don’t have to put too big objectives for us.

“But we have to be competitive as we’ve shown in the last three games [in wins over Chelsea, Leicester and Arsenal], build the mentality year-by-year and improve the team year-by-year.

“Everton can follow the way Liverpool have in the last years.”

talkSPORT brings you full LIVE commentary of Everton vs Manchester United in the Carabao Cup, kick-off 8pm on Wednesday



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