Delighted Silva believes Everton 'goals will come' for Calvert-Lewin
A run of five consecutive starts, featuring two goals, tells only part of the story for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, the young English striker who is looking increasingly capable of shouldering the responsibility of being Everton's primary centre-forward.
Calvert-Lewin produced another impressive all-round performance against a dreary West Ham United in their 2-0 win on Saturday, holding the ball up, weaving past challenges and creating plenty of chances for his fellow attackers.
All the attributes are there for the 22-year-old, both physically and technically, and now the only question is whether the goals will follow.
There have been eight in total this season, from 33 appearances. It is a decent return, but Calvert-Lewin will know his scoring must be dialled up a notch if he is to truly become Everton's undisputed No 9.
"He is improving, he is growing and developing as a football player," said Everton manager Marco Silva (right).
"I am happy because he is helping the team. He didn't score, but he helped with a good performance. In other moments, he could have been more clinical.
"Sometimes when you play with one striker, he does not score, but he can help the team in a different way, making one or two assists. It's not because he scores or not. When I say to him 'more clinical', it's sometimes the last decision, the last pass. The goals will come for him."
The victory at the London Stadium, secured by goals from Kurt Zouma and Bernard, marked Everton's most impressive display of the season across the full 90 minutes. They were helped by a dreadful West Ham showing, but their momentum is building.
Everton are now just one point behind Wolves in the battle to be the best of the rest behind the so-called 'big six'.
The away fans were enthused again by Andre Gomes, who has been so impressive since his loan move from Barcelona.
Silva reiterated after the game how important it is for Everton to sign the midfielder permanently this summer.
"It's a very, very good opportunity for us," said Silva. "We have a player with high quality, a fantastic team-mate for all his colleagues."
In contrast, West Ham produced a performance that was everything you would not expect from a team of their quality.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini was both unwilling and unable to sugar-coat the defeat. (© Daily Telegraph)