Dominic Calvert-Lewin has flourished at Everton because their team is tailored to help him score.
The 23-year-old striker has hit the ground running with six goals in the opening four fixtures of the new Premier League season – all of which have all ended in convincing victories for the Toffees.
Carlo Ancelotti has watched Calvert-Lewin fire his side to the top of the table ahead of their Merseyside derby clash against Liverpool, and John Barnes knows what why he has been so effective of late.
Although the former England winger wouldn’t go quite as far as comparing the England intentional to Reds icon Robbie Fowler, he understands why he is beginning to showcase his full potential.
Barnes told Daily Star Sport: “Calvert-Lewin is improving because he is playing it in the right areas.
“The way Everton played before forced him to do a lot of his work out wide, he didn’t have the creativity of James Rodriguez or work rate of Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure behind him to allow the full-backs to get forward and create chances.
“Calvert-Lewin is very good in the air, he is strong and direct. I won’t say he is as clinical as Robbie Fowler, but if you get him in the right areas he will score goals.
"In the past he has done a lot of hard work chasing back and running down the line – but now he is getting the ball exactly where he wants it – inside the six-yard box.
“The team has changed around Calvert-Lewin to allow him to play in the right areas to score goals.”
Barnes, who scored over 100 goals for Liverpool in 403 appearances between 1987 and 1997, believes the home side have an advantage at Goodison because they won't be urged forward by ambitious fans.
He added: “The lack of a crowd benefits Everton more than Liverpool.
“In the derby last season at Goodison, it was a draw but Everton should've won because the home crowd wasn’t there to drive them on.
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“When you take on Liverpool you don’t want it to be a physical and open game because Liverpool are the best team in the world at that.
“I think that the Everton crowd, my brother-in-law being one of them, really do drive the team on – but against Liverpool you don’t want that, you want to sit back and catch them on the counter attack.
“The crowd at Goodison demand to see the team go forward, and without the crowd they can play a much smarter game against Liverpool which is what they did at the end of last season.
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