KEOWN TALKS TACTICS: Carlo Ancelotti turns Dominic Calvert-Lewin into a predator … the Everton boss made the most of Filippo Inzaghi in Milan and now his Toffees striker looks just as deadly in the box
- Carlo Ancelotti’s influence on Dominic Calvert-Lewin at Everton is clear
- The England international benefits from the Italian’s top coaching
- Calvert-Lewin is more predatory – he gets a lot more touches in the box
- As a result, Calvert-Lewin has enjoyed an electric start to the new campaign
Carlo Ancelotti’s influence on and off the field is clear. On top of that, Everton’s improved team form is proof of his good work on the training field.
This shows that the arrivals of James Rodriguez and Allan are the caliber of the player he can attract.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin will benefit from partnering with Ancelotti, who got the best out of Filippo Inzaghi. He was deadly in the penalty area and Calvert-Lewin looks more predatory too.
Carlo Ancelotti’s influence on Dominic Calvert-Lewin (pictured) at Everton is clear
Calvert-Lewin will benefit from partnering with Ancelotti, who brought the best out of Filippo Inzaghi
The forward’s first three starts of 2019/20 under Marco Silva saw him make two touches in the Crystal Palace box, one at Watford’s, and one at Aston Villa’s. On a later trip to Burnley, he managed to get zero in their box.
Ancelotti arrived in December, claiming that he had been keeping an eye on the youngster while managing Napoli.
His first game, at home against Burnley, saw Calvert-Lewin net the winner and hit the ball in their penalty kick seven times.
That’s what Ancelotti wants from his forwards and last Saturday against West Brom, the 23-year-old scored a hat-trick – all from the box.
That did not happen by accident. It came thanks to his anticipation and movement, which he is sharpening under Ancelotti.
Under Ancelotti, Calvert-Lewin looks more predator-like and looks deadly in the box
ANCELOTTI HAS FOUND ITS FOX IN THE BOX
The touch maps above show how Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s play develops under Carlo Ancelotti, with the blue dots indicating his touches.
The card on the left is from last season against newly promoted Aston Villa under Marco Silva. Calvert-Lewin hit the ball once in the penalty area and did not score. On the right is Calvert-Lewin against newly promoted West Brom last weekend. He hit the ball seven times in the box – four in six yards – and got a hat trick.
After the win at West Brom, Ancelotti said: ‘I had a fantastic striker in Filippo Inzaghi, who scored 300 goals and 210 with one touch. An attacker has to be focused in the sixteen and Calvert-Lewin understands that. ‘
THE NEED TO FEED RICHARLISON
Richarlison pushed next to Calvert-Lewin against West Brom while Rodriguez came in from the right wing.
When centered, the Colombian is lethal from long distance and has great vision when it comes to finding runners. His beautifully timed ball over the top for Richarlison sparked one of Calvert-Lewin’s tap-ins. But it was Rodriguez’s switch to the left that stood out. He completed five passes to left-back Lucas Digne and seven to left-sided midfielder Andre Gomes.
It’s a nice ball for Rodriguez to play in Digne’s path, but I want Everton to feed their Brazilian more. Richarlison has the most potential. He can become a big match winner for Ancelotti.
Everton’s front three are set in stone, but there is competition for places elsewhere in their 4-3-3, especially in midfield.
Richarlison has the most potential at Everton and could be a big match winner for Ancelotti
Gomes may not be defensive enough and Abdoulaye Doucoure got used to roaming in Watford and now needs to show more discipline. Doucoure is a great addition, but Grady Diangana was allowed to continue unimpeded to open the score for Albion.
Allan’s place seems safe, but Bernard’s weekday performance at Fleetwood suggested he’s pushing to start, possibly for Gomes. And judging by Niels Nkounkou’s showing on the left, Digne has competition too.
Meanwhile, center-backs Michael Keane and Yerry Mina may not have enough speed and mobility, while Jordan Pickford was excellent at Tottenham, but strangely nervous against West Brom, then guilty of both goals at Fleetwood. Still, there has been a great improvement under Ancelotti.
MARTIN’S SUPER STAT
1 Chelsea have kept just one out in their 20 Premier League away games under Frank Lampard – a 2-0 win at Tottenham in December 2019.
ROY’S PERFECT START
Crystal Palace players are fully committed to Roy Hodgson’s tactical plan. They scored early, beating Southampton and Manchester United with only 29 and 24 percent possession. They have scored a goal for every 115 steps!
Palace’s formation is listed as 4-4-2, but it’s more like 4-2-4 if they insist, and Wilfried Zaha looks stronger than I’ve seen him before. He gets his body between his marker and the ball and wins free kicks that offer Palace reprieve.
One oddity of Hodgson’s system is that wingers Andros Townsend and Jeffrey Schlupp turn into makeshift fullbacks.
Against United, the right and left back, Joel Ward and Tyrick Mitchell, would press, and Townsend and Schlupp would fall to fill the gap. If Palace gets it wrong, the opposition could do damage, but it worked against United. Let’s take a look at how it fares against Everton.
Andros Townsend and Jeffrey Schlupp turn into makeshift fullbacks in Roy Hodgson’s system