Calvert-Lewin over the moon to be fit and firing again
responded with what was a terrific season for him personally in Carlo Ancelotti’s only full season at the club, even if the campaign eventually fizzled out along with the club’s charge for Europe.
“I absolutely know the responsibility that it comes with and I relish it,” he expained. “I think it comes from who I am as a — my character and what’s engrained in me. I come from Sheffield, the steel city, and I think the people here — Everton Football Club and the city of Liverpool — are not too dissimilar to the people I grew up around.
“I understand them. I’ve always accepted and enjoyed the challenge of how they perceive me as a number nine. I’ve always used that as motivation. It’s definitely something that fuels me. I think, when I’m fit and flying, I play with aggression and energy – and I think that’s how the Evertonians want their number nine to play.
“It gives me great confidence that I can play a big part because I do care about the Everton fans and I’m not one that would ever say ‘I don’t care, I come in and do my job’… I do care about this club. I do care about how the fans perceive me as well. I can be honest and say that.
“I’ve been here since I was a young kid and I’ve grown into a man. I wear that number 9 shirt with pride. I want the fans to back me and put out performances where they can say, ‘He’s our number 9’.”