Everton forward Richarlison has hailed the stellar development of teammate Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The Brazilian has compared the Englishman’s prolific start to the season to legend Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Toffees number nine has scored nine goals in six appearances in all competitions this season. He is leading the scoring charts in the Premier League, with six goals from four matches.

The 23-year-old has scored in every league match to date this campaign, including a first career hat-trick against West Brom. That was one of two trebles the striker has bagged at Goodison Park this term. He netted three in the Carabao Cup fourth round triumph over West Ham United.

Calvert-Lewin also scored the winner against Tottenham Hotspur in their league opener. He also found the net in wins against Crystal Palace and Brighton with towering headers, a trait he shares with Ronaldo, according to Richarlison.

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‘Like Cristiano Ronaldo’

Speaking to the official FIFA website, Richarlison said: “He’s had a superb start to the season and without doubt deserved his England call-up.

“He must be a nightmare to play against and he has an incredible leap on him, like Cristiano Ronaldo.”

Last season was the first time Calvert-Lewin registered double figures for goals in a campaign since joining from Sheffield United in August 2016. He scored 15 goals overall, 13 of them in the league.

‘Complete striker’

He is on course to reach the milestone again and Richarlison, who netted 13 league goals in each of his last two seasons since joining Everton in July 2018, insisted his teammate’s transformation was down to hard work.

The Brazil international said: “Dominic’s development has been really impressive. He’s transformed into a complete striker. I remember when I got here he was nothing like the player he is today. It’s down to the work he’s put in.

“He’s in the gym every day. He’s always working on his finishing. And playing under [Carlo Ancelotti] he’ll keep getting better and better.”

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