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Rafael Benitez impressed with Everton start and expects more

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Written by Quincy Charles

After a spectacular start to the season, boss Rafael Benitez is certain that the team’s capabilities are better than previously assumed.

Some would argue that the summer transfer window didn’t go quite as planned for the Spaniard—just £1.8 million was spent, with most of the business being free transfers, and there are holes in the team that remain, but they got two wins and a draw on the first day of the market.

The fixture list has been fair so far having faced Leeds, Southampton and Brighton, but expectations are sky-high for the former Reds manager.

“I am really pleased. We are doing well, the team in this period is very good with their commitment and the way they are playing,” he said ahead of Monday’s visit of Burnley.

“We are scoring goals, we had a clean sheet (against Brighton last time out) so there are a lot of possibilities.

“But it is still too early because we have to expect even more from this group of players as they have the quality and right mentality, so they will be better.

“In football sometimes the approach of the players, the commitment, the desire and way they play is good enough but you cannot get the results you are looking for.

“I am expecting – and not because I am not happy – better things and better play and more exciting games because I think the players can do it.”

Everton manager Rafael Benitez has faith in forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who had netted in all three Premier League games so far this season, but thinks an attacker who scored 16 league goals last season, has even more to offer.

“He is doing well but is one of the players from whom we are expecting more,” added Benitez.

“Why? Because he was not fully fit and he was making an effort to be on the pitch, he has been training with pain so I am really happy to see him trying in the training sessions when he is not fully fit.

“I know we can talk about strikers and goals but I think he has a contribution for the team in terms of effort, assists and goals and am convinced he will do it.”

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