Carlo Ancelotti believes his star striker Dominc Calvert-Lewin can get even better but has warned he won’t be given penalty duties to boost his chance of winning the Golden Boot.
The Everton striker sits above a roll-call of world class goalscorers as he currently tops the Premier League scoring charts, with 10 goals from 10 games with a impressive minutes per goal ratio of 88.
But as he prepares to face the physical challenge of Burnley, Ancelotti has told the England forward he can still improve.
“He can improve – for a striker to keep consistency, it is (about) scoring goals.
“So I know he is going to have moments when he will not score as frequently as he does in this moment, but for a striker it is the consistency to continue to score goals, even then.
“I told him he can improve. More I think, outside the box, control the ball, he can be more clinical, it is not easy because they mark him powerfully but there he can improve.”
Ancelotti though, showed his serious side as a top manager, when he insisted that Calvert-Lewin will not be taking penalties for Everton, even though he grasped the chance to perform the job with England in the absence of Harry Kane.
Brazilian striker Richarlison was given the job on the only occasion the Blues won a penalty in the Premier League this season, against Palace in September, and the Italian boss said: “As I said I am not so focussed on (whether) he is able to win the Golden Boot.
“I am not focussed there, I am focussed to help the team to win games, not the Golden Boot – it is not our target.”
Everton need to stop a poor streak of form that has seen them win just one in their last six Premier League matches, and drop from top spot to eighth, and Ancelotti said his defence must do better.
“We have to be more focussed, defensively, we have to find the right balance between attacking play and defensive play. I talked to the players and they had the same idea that I have, that we have to be more balanced,” he explained.
“This is the key point, we are really good in front of goal because we score a lot of goals, we are one the teams who score most goals, but we have conceded too many.”
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