Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been challenged to reach Didier Drogba levels of Premier League greatness.
Everton striker Calvert-Lewin scored his fifth goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Crystal Palace and was then tipped for an England call-up by Carlo Ancelotti.
The Toffees boss has already told the 23-year-old to learn from the likes of fox-in-the-box Filippo Inzaghi this season and has now given him a new reference point.
Ancelotti said: “It would be an honour for Dominic Calvert-Lewin to be compared to Drogba.
“He has to work a lot to reach the level of Drogba but he’s on the right way, I think.”
Ancelotti managed Drogba during Chelsea’s 2010 Double-winning season and there are times when Calvert-Lewin’s battering ram approach does resemble the Ivory Coast striker.
Palace defender Cheikhou Kouyate kept him mostly under wraps here – but that didn’t stop his manager talking up his England credentials.
Ancelotti said: “The staff of the national team is going to have a look at him no doubt.
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“He’s doing well because now he is more focused in the box. Playing with only him as the striker, he has to be ready in the box. At the moment, he is.”
Meanwhile, angry Palace star Kouyate says VAR is killing football.
A Joel Ward handball – awarded after referee Kevin Friend was sent to his monitor by VAR Anthony Taylor – helped Richarlison score a penalty winner at Selhurst Park.
But Roy Hodgson blasted the decision afterwards and defender Kouyate feels that interventions like that are destroying too many matches right now.
He said: “For me it is not a penalty. This is the VAR sometimes, they come in to kill the game. We can do nothing.
“It is very, very hard to take it because after the penalty everything changes. We tried to push and it comes to nothing. It is hard.
“He doesn't push the hand and the VAR say no, the referee goes to see. It is hard to take. What can we do? We have to forget it.”
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