Joe Thomlinson has been heaping the praise on Dominic Calvert-Lewin and his aerial presence on the Football Daily YouTube channel.
It has been a stark contrast from the start of last season to this year for Calvert-Lewin who managed to score 11 in his first 11 league games last campaign, whereas this year he’s netted three times but has a fractured toe, which has forced him to miss the last two league matches as well as the latest England camp.
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Despite his annoying and stop-start season, it’s not stopped Thomlinson from making a glowing comparison to Cristiano Ronaldo in his prime, because of the height and overall package that Calvert-Lewin has to his game, which was highlighted prior to Euro 2020 when the striker jumped higher than Austrian defender Aleksandar Dragovic, who stands at 6ft 1in.
Thomlinson was wax lyrical over Calvert-Lewin.
“Calvert-Lewin, I think is just the most athletic number nine I can remember in like, decades, in terms of aerial ability, it’s scary.
“He’s obviously not Ronaldo, but he’s potentially the best header of a ball in attacking positions I’ve seen since like prime Ronaldo, like when he can climb up above players by three foot.”
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Despite Everton bringing in Salomon Rondon on deadline day, Calvert-Lewin is the out-and-out number-one in the striker position at Goodison Park given the volume of starts he’s been handed over the last few seasons, as well as the fact that he is now a trusted player in the top flight with 32 goals in his last 65 starts in the Premier League.
Last season was a standout one for Calvert-Lewin, who managed to score 16 goals in the Premier League – his best in front of goal – and that certainly didn’t go unnoticed, with Manchester United linked with a huge £80 million move over the summer, before they eventually decided to go for the very striker he was compared to during the recent window.