Carlo Ancelotti said Dominic Calvert-Lewis is “on fire” after the striker hit his second hat-trick of the season to power Everton into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup and give Gareth Southgate a timely reminder of his talents before the next England squad is named on Thursday.
Calvert-Lewin opened the scoring against West Ham in the 11th minute and then, after Robert Snodgrass levelled for the visitors and Richarlison restored Everton’s lead, netted twice more late on to move on to eight goals from five games this season.
“He is doing a fantastic job in the moment, he is really on fire and scoring a lot of goals,” Ancelotti said of the 23-year-old.
“He’s in a very good moment. Whether he’s the best (English striker) I don’t know, but I don’t care. For me, for us, he is.”
No hatty no sleep. Let’s keep it going. 🦋💙 pic.twitter.com/rGcFYVTcI5
— Dominic Calvert-Lewin (@CalvertLewin14) September 30, 2020
Victory may have come at a cost however, as Richarlison hobbled off shortly after firing Everton back in front in the 56th minute, while there were also problems for Allan and Jonjoe Kenny.
Ancelotti played down those injuries, but admitted Allan and Kenny may now miss Saturday’s game against Brighton.
“Richarlison has a twist on his ankle but I think it’s not so bad,” Ancelotti said. “Allan had a muscle problem and Kenny a twist on his ankle. We have to check them tomorrow but it seems no so bad…
“Richarlison I think can recover for Saturday, Allan and Kenny will be more difficult.”