Graeme Souness has told the Pitch to Post podcast that he doesn’t believe Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin can be considered world-class right now.
Calvert-Lewin has excelled in the Premier League this season and has forced his way into the England squad.
But Souness insists that the Everton striker should not be hailed as a superstar, as he has not even achieved his full potential yet.
“He’s got the potential to be a proper player, that’s all. It’s like all these young guys – they’re not stars. They have lots of potential and are proving they can play in the Premier League,” he said.
“We are very quick to turn around and say they are world class, or they are superstars – no. Superstars are Lionel Messi or Ronaldo.
“[He needs to keep] doing it over five, six, seven or eight years. It doesn’t happen overnight. That’s what great players do.”
Calvert-Lewin may not be regarded as a ‘superstar’ yet by Souness, but he is competing with some high profile players for goals this term.
The Everton man has 13 goals to his name this season, which is the same amount as Harry Kane and Heung Min Son and one more than Jamie Vardy.
Everton will be desperate for the 23-year-old to be fit for their game this weekend too, when they take on Liverpool.
Calvert-Lewin has missed the Toffees last two matches with injuries, and Everton haven’t looked the same attacking force in his absence.
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