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Mark Hughes praises Calvert-Lewin's improvement this season

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Former Everton striker Mark Hughes has praised the development of Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Hughes has spoken about his first encounter with Calvert-Lewin in 2017 when he was Stoke manager.

Calvert-Lewin was confusingly deployed at right wing-back that day by Ronald Koeman, but still managed to impress Hughes.

The Toffees won 1-0, thanks to a goal from Wayne Rooney, on his first appearance of his second Everton spell.

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“Dominic is progressing really well,” said Hughes. “He has always had physical attributes, he has a huge leap and his ability in the air is exceptional.

“He’s quick, moves intelligently, his finishing is consistently improving. There are a number of traits you need to succeed as a striker and he has quite a few of them.

“I am excited by what is ahead for Dominic. You could see back (in 2017) that he was a young man who was able to get around. He had that youthful energy; that is one thing you want when you introduce a young player.

“Dominic played really well and you sensed he was a young player who was going to have a career. He just needs to continue developing that knowhow – to understand how to work the spaces in the box.”

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Hughes knows what it takes to be a top striker and won the PFA Player of the Year twice – in 1989 and 1991.

Like Everton assistant manager Duncan Ferguson, he was an uncompromising, physical frontman.

Ferguson has helped instill some of those traits in Calvert-Lewin, to go with his natural attributes.

His goalscoring form has tailed off slightly in recent weeks, but Carlo Ancelotti will hope his top striker can return from international duty and hit top form in time to guide Everton into the Champions League spots.

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