Duo Reflect On Everton's Start To 2017/18
Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Tom Davies have used the November international break to reflect on Everton's start to Premier League life in 2017/18.
With plenty of business done over the summer by former manager Ronald Koeman, we didn't quite replace Romelu Lukaku and we've certainly paid for that so far as arrivals continue settling into the club and we sit in 15th place with only three wins from eleven games.
Speaking to the Official Site recently, Dominic Calvert-Lewin spoke of his own role within the team, insisting that playing as a solo striker 'does not faze' him but also how he believes Oumar Niasse can bring us a 'different dynamic' in the front line as we go in search of more points.
'The more you play with someone, the better you get to know them and their game. I played with Oumar in the Under-23s last season, so we learned how each other plays. As a team, it gives you a different dynamic when you have two strikers. It can sometimes cause opponents more problems. It is good to have a hand up there sometimes. You can share the workload but I am happy to play up there by myself or with a partner. It does not faze me as long as I am playing.'
Having spoken ahead of the Watford game about his desire to add more goals to his game, the 20 year old opened his league account for the year in the much needed victory and he reflected.
'It was a good time to win. We have time, now, to reflect on it and think about how we can improve our performances. There is quality in the team and we are just looking to gel together and strike the right balance. Hopefully, this win can improve our future performances.'
He went on to say.
'I have put in some decent performances this season but been lacking goals. That is the most important thing and it is nice for me to get off the mark in the Premier League. To put in the performance I did to help the team win the game, in the situation we were in, was an even better feeling. Sometimes, you never know how your goal is going to come. I just managed to judge the flight of the ball at the back stick and nod it in. It does not really matter how it comes, as long as it hits the back of the net.'
As for Davies, with his long association with the club starting in the stands, he admitted in his own interview that he's certainly felt the disappointment from our start to the year.
The 19 year old explained.
'It hurt. You`ve grown up watching it and you know how it feels to the fans when the team is losing. But I don`t go out there to perform badly - I go out there trying to do my best, and it`s just that sometimes that doesn`t happen. It`s the same with the team. We always go out there with the belief that we can win and put in a good performance. We are working on getting the squad together. We`ve got a lot of new signings and the players that we`ve brought in are all quality players. We just need to gel and we are working on that. It`s been going well in training and we now need to put that into the games.'
On a personal level, 2017/18 has been stop-start for Davies compared to his run in the team in the second half of last season, but under caretaker gaffer David Unsworth he's fared better in terms of starts following our summer recruitment that sees us overloaded with midfielders.
'I didn`t expect my career to be all flowers and roses when I started out, and I don`t expect it to be like that for the rest of my time in football. It`s just another part of my career, really, and it`s a good challenge for me to show that I can play in the team and hopefully show how good I am to the coach and fans. I`m definitely going to work on that. It`s also good in training to have the new players so I can learn from them. For me, this is a great development part of my career and if I can get ahead of the players that have been brought in, that can only be good for me.'
With struggles, the faith shown in him by Unsworth also took praise as he knew the easier decision would've been to rely on more experienced players.
'Of course. Because it`s tougher to throw younger players in when it`s difficult. I had it a bit in the early part of last season when I felt I could have been more involved but it was a difficult time for the team and it`s hard to put people in under those circumstances. If they don`t play well, that could be the end of it and the young players can sometimes go under. It`s hard for people coming through to show how good they are in tight games and when the performances are low. It`s much easier to come into a team that`s doing well and perform at a high standard.'
'As in any form of life, if you are confident doing something, then you are going to be doing it better. And if your confidence isn`t there then you start to doubt yourself. For me, I`ve just got to go out there believing I`m going to do well and I try to bring that to the table. If I work hard and do my best then that is the least I can give, and I think that`s the general idea for the team.'
With the return of Wayne Rooney to the club during the summer transfer window, Davies knew the squad had the quality to turn our form around and that's what everyone's working hard on.
'I was young but I remember his goal against Arsenal (October 2002) and stuff like that. Just seeing him here was quite surreal at first to be honest. But then once you got used to being around him, it felt normal. Just having him around every day is so good for the team and for me, because I can pick up little bits from him.'
Davies went on to say specifically about Rooney.
'If you look at his career, it`s unbelievable really. He grew up supporting the club, and when you look at all the stuff he has won, that is something I would love to do. He`ll always have a chat with me about what`s happened, and the game, and of course that`s something else that can only be good for my development.'