Ronald Koeman confirms he's counting on Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Beth Cruz
August 5, 2017

The signs of rust are still there, but with the result more important than style points, Everton came away from Slovakia with a 1-0 win to go through to the Europa League playoff round.

Joan Carrillo's side finished third in the Croatian league last term and defeated Danish club Brondby, 2-0 on aggregate, in the third qualifying round.

"Maybe Dominic feels a bit more comfortable as one of two strikers".

Replace Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the only objective on the evening after the forward slotted residence when placed tidy via on goal by Davy Klaassen with 9 minutes remaining.

The England Under-20 global scored once in 11 appearances for the club last season and has already matched that tally - needing just two games and less than two hours of playing time to do so. "We are through to the next round and I'm really happy".

It was his first goal for Everton in 19 games.

They laboured to a pair of 1-0 wins over Slovakian minnows Ruzomberok to set up the clash with Split.

"I like to be in Europe - it's important for our experience".

"Two victories, two clean sheets and we did better defensively tonight than we did last week", Koeman said, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.

It is all about productivity that we need and of course I will count on him this season. "We need competition and it's good that he is providing that".

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