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Calvert-Lewin the key - Tarkowski

Dominic Calvert-Lewin and James Tarkowski
Dominic Calvert-Lewin and James Tarkowski

Captain James Tarkowski says Dominic Calvert-Lewin's return to fitness and form is a key reason behind Everton's confidence and momentum.

The Toffees are five points clear of the bottom three following three wins in five matches, so the Carabao Cup last-16 tie against the centre-back’s former club Burnley is now something to look forward to.

That is in stark contrast to a year ago, when former manager Frank Lampard put out a second string against Bournemouth on the back of four defeats in six matches and saw his side thumped 4-1.

However Everton's recent form has changed the mood around the club and given hope of avoiding a third successive relegation battle.

“Results always help build confidence, for sure,” Tarkowski said.

“Performances have been pretty good and now results are important to keep building that confidence and momentum.

“We seem to have a bit of consistency in the team, performance levels have been good, training levels good as well, competition for places within the squad, a fit Calvert-Lewin - who is scoring goals - so we seem to be in a good place.

“But we definitely can’t be complacent. We need to continue to build rather than thinking we are doing all right now.

“This tie is a good cup game for us to go and win and get into the quarter-finals and then there are opportunities at the weekend [at home to Brighton] to pick up more points and move up the table.”