Everton working hard to improve team in January – Rafael Benitez
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Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be like a “massive signing” for Everton when he makes his comeback from injury this month, according to Rafa Benitez. Calvert-Lewin has been out injured since August, but is set to return from the treatment room for Everton’s Premier League match against Brighton on Sunday.
The 24-year-old striker was the Toffees’ stand-out player last season, netting 21 goals in all competitions.
He carried that form into this season, scoring in all three of his Premier League games in August as Everton picked up two wins and a draw before getting injured.
Calvert-Lewin has been a huge miss for Benitez since then, with Everton finding goals hard to come by.
Everton are 15th and are desperate for a win against Brighton on Sunday, having not played since their 1-1 draw with Chelsea on December 16.
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The match will be Calvert-Lewin’s first since August 28 due to a niggling thigh injury and Benitez is delighted to have him back available.
“I can say that it’s a massive signing for us for the second part of the league,” he said.
When asked if Calvert-Lewin can handle the pressure that comes with that title, Benitez added: “Yeah I think so. He was the top scorer last year, he was growing and getting better and better as a player.
“He has now the experience to manage [it].
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“He knows he is an important player. I’m not expecting him to score three goals every game and win the games on his own.
“I’m expecting him to give everything and be an important player because the others know that he can score goals, he can help the team.
“It’s just more about how important he is for the team, not that he has to make the difference on his own.
“The team has to be sure they support him, and at the same time he has to be sure he is linking with the players around and that the players around know that if they give him a chance he will score.
“But, not, not too much pressure on him that ‘he has to win the games’, he has to help the team to win the games.”
Calvert-Lewin won’t be Everton’s only addition in the January transfer window, with Dynamo Kiev left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko set to be announced soon.
“I hope that we can say something in a few days,” Benitez added on transfers.
“I’m quite confident that we will do it. I say to you, I don’t know it was 10 days ago, that I was 200 per cent confident that we will do something at the beginning of January, I’m still convinced about that.
“But my focus now is just to be sure that we approach Brighton with the right mentality.”
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