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Dominic Calvert-Lewin 9

Joining Everton Academy from Sheffield United in the summer of 2016 for the paltry sum of just £1.5m, Dominic Calvert-Lewin was regarded as one for the future, but it didn't take long before manager Ronald Koeman wanted to see what he might be able to do for the first team. 

Described as being physically strong with good aerial presence, Calvert-Lewin was named in England's U20 squad, having made it into the Blades' senior sidee the previous year following a very successful loan spell at Northampton Town.

He went into Everton's Under-23s side under David Unsworth who said: "This is an opportunity of a lifetime for him. To go from League One to the Premier League is a massive jump but he certainly has all of the attributes to make that jump, given time, hard work and the desire I know he has.”  

After a few appearances from the subs bench in December 2016, including the match against Hull City when he was unlucky not to score a goal that could have won the game,Calvert-Lewin was given his full Everton debut by Koeman in a Premier League fixture against Southampton. He would last just 5 minutes, however, before he turned his ankle in a tackle and was forced off to spend the next two months on the sidelines.

Koeman's faith in the youngster was rewarded when he returned, though, and "DCL" scored a lovely opening goal in his first start back, again against Hull City in the reverse fixture at Goodison Park, with a sweet finish. The striker had only played in 10 senior games, scoring one goal, when his contract was renegotiated to run for another year with significantly increased remuneration.

And he was picked by Koeman to play in a surprising number of games, albeit often out of position wide on the right before he left early to play for England in the U20 World Cup in South Korea. He would go on to feature in most games and was there when it really mattered, in the Final, where he scored the only goal of the game to win the trophy for England and the unprecedented group of five Everton players in the side. 

By 21, Calvert-Lewin was emerging as a highly competent, mobile young forward with an excellent first touch, good distribution, aerial prowess and ability to bring other players into the game. What he lacked, despite coming up with the occasional "pearler" or vital striker off he bench, was regular goals, a need that became acute during Marco Silva's first season as manager at Everton following Koeman's dismissal and the interim tenure of Sam Allardyce.

With the Blues having largely failed to replace Romelu Lukaku, it appeared as though the new manager felt as though he had enough firepower in the side with Calvert-Lewin, new signing Richarlison and Allardyce acquisitions Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun. However, while Richarlison would finish top scorer in 2018-19 with Gylfi Sigurdsson on 13 goals, his best form came from out wide and there was a big onus on Calvert-Lewin to start scoring.

He would manage eight that season but his greatest value to the team was still coming from his tireless running, workrate and aerial abiilty which allowed the other forwards to operate in space around him.

Marcel Brands and Silva would make what was widely regarded as an obvious move during the summer 2019 transfer window with the purchase of teenage striker Moise Kean from Juventus, a player of whom much was expected and who promised to pose stern competition for the centre-forward role. Calvert-Lewin, however, was handed the famous No 9 shirt for the season, adding, perhaps, further incentive to lift his game and increase his strike-rate leading the line for Everton.

 

 

FactFile

Squad number 29, 9
Position Striker
Nationality English
Born 16 March 1997
Place of Birth Sheffield
Height 6'-1½" (1.87 m)
Joined from Sheffield United
Joined on 31 August 2016
Signed under Ronald Koeman
Transfer fee £1.5m
Contract duration 4 + 5 years
Contract expires June 2022
Debut (sub) v Arsenal (H)
14 December 2016
Debut (full) v Southampton (H)
2 January 2017
 
Previous Clubs Sheffield Utd
Northampton (loan)
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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2016-17 29 5 (6) 1 0 (0) 0 5 (6) 1
2017-18 29 18 (14) 4 6 (6) 4 24 (20) 8
2018-19 29 19 (16) 6 3 (0) 2 22 (16) 8
2019-20 9 3 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 3 (2) 0
  Totals 45 (37) 11 9 (7) 6 54 (44) 17


Academy Career

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
2016-17 Under-23s  9 (0) 3 (0) 4 1
2017-18 Under-23s  0 (0) 0 (0) 0 0

Previous Clubs

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
2013-17 Sheffield Utd 3 (8) 0 (1) 0 0
2015-16 Northampton (loan) 7 (13) 4 (2) 5 3




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