Dominic Calvert-Lewin's new deal runs for five years
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has earned a new five-year contract to stave off interest from the likes of Arsenal.
The 20-year-old, who was a surprise signing from Sheffield United last August, already had three years left on his current contract, but the new one runs up until 2022 and will see his wages bumped up to around £40,000 a week.
Calvert-Lewin has made just 10 appearances in the top flight this season, four of them starts, scoring his only Premier League goal in the 4-0 victory over Hull in March.
Ronald Koeman has been playing Calvert-Lewin out wide, but his natural position is as a central striker, and he should be more prolific in that role, but for the presence of Romelu Lukaku, who remains the Premier League's leading goalscorer.
“I hadn't expected things to move as fast as they have and to have played against the teams I have done, so I'm very grateful for that and I'm working hard every day to improve,” said Calvert-Lewin. “I'm learning every day in training and in the games, so I can't ask for much more.
“It only feels like yesterday when I was signing for Everton, so to be here now is a great feeling. My leap into the first-team was a bit quicker than expected and I've played a few games now. I came in with the Under-23s initially and I'm now really enjoying being part of the first-team squad.
“Around Christmas I got my chance with the first-team, got on the bench and made my debut. It's taken off from there and I've tried to take it in my stride day-by-day.”
Ronald Koeman handed Calvert-Lewin a first-team opportunity at the end of 2016 following his early-season form for the Club's Under-23s side. He struck five goals for the young Blues in all competitions this term, helping them to secure the Premier League 2 title.
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1 Posted 03/05/2017 at 05:55:03
Don't get me wrong, I hope the lad becomes a star, but I don't see it in him at the moment. Lookman on the other hand does have clear natural talent.
2 Posted 03/05/2017 at 05:55:04
Personally I don't rate him as highly, but I'm happy to see Koeman giving young lads a chance... especially seeing as our season is pretty much over.
3 Posted 03/05/2017 at 06:25:09
4 Posted 03/05/2017 at 06:27:23
5 Posted 03/05/2017 at 06:35:11
A decent prospect but has he really done enough for that? He must have one hell of agent.
6 Posted 03/05/2017 at 07:33:31
7 Posted 03/05/2017 at 07:48:55
8 Posted 03/05/2017 at 08:13:32
I would love to see him and Lookman play together as a 9 and 10 just to see what we really have on our hands. However, I must admit to liking the lad, he has something about him.
9 Posted 03/05/2017 at 08:18:59
10 Posted 03/05/2017 at 08:23:28
I like Calvert-Lewin, I think there might just be something there given time. Works harder than Rom for starters and can actually win a header.
11 Posted 03/05/2017 at 08:32:31
I'd like to see more of Lookman too. He has that selfishness and confidence about him that can change games.
12 Posted 03/05/2017 at 08:52:26
13 Posted 03/05/2017 at 09:01:49
He reminds me of the very young Graeme Sharp who would not have looked much good himself if played out wide at 20 years old but what a player he became.
Hopefully he will progress and with Joe and Dunc on the staff he has the right mentors.
14 Posted 03/05/2017 at 10:01:17
Physically he can hold his own with the toughest of defenders and he has shown strength of character to bounce back quickly from the ankle injury he suffered on his full debut versus Southampton.
I expect him to be in the team for the early rounds of the Europa League. 㿔k is a lot of money but in this day and age it is no more than the average Premier League squad player would expect. If Calvert-Lewin maintains his current rate of progress this will prove a sound investment.
15 Posted 03/05/2017 at 10:10:59
Makes me wonder about the Barkley situation... More and more worried that he is off in the summer.
16 Posted 03/05/2017 at 10:18:50
17 Posted 03/05/2017 at 10:36:39
18 Posted 03/05/2017 at 10:42:55
19 Posted 03/05/2017 at 10:51:03
From what I've seen of him so far I'd be very surprised if he gets many starts in he next couple of years.
Just like the Gibson and Barry extensions, mind boggling.
£40k a week ffs!
20 Posted 03/05/2017 at 10:58:10
21 Posted 03/05/2017 at 11:27:17
22 Posted 03/05/2017 at 11:43:48
Apart from the season we had with the self-absorbed goal-machine Lineker (the season we won nowt by the way) the goals when Sharpy played were also spread out between his ever changing strike partners, Trev, Sheeds and Kevin Richardson (whose scoring ratio was better than either of the more famous twosome by the way!) and Sharpy, a crafty grafter on top of his scoring duties, was recognised by most as the catalyst for a lot of them.
23 Posted 03/05/2017 at 12:07:38
What are you basing this on? Richardson's scoring ratio for Everton was not better than Steven's or Sheedy's. At Everton Richardson had an average of 1 goal every 6 games whereas the later two had an average of 1 in 4.
24 Posted 03/05/2017 at 13:58:44
He is very strong and quick and his ball control is good, he could be a real find when played in his proper position. Let's not forget is is just 20 years of age.
Ron sees him every day and is obviously suitably impressed.
25 Posted 03/05/2017 at 14:15:15
I know there is a lot of money for Premier clubs but its only 5 years ago that our top earner was getting 㿲,000 per week.
26 Posted 03/05/2017 at 14:27:06
27 Posted 03/05/2017 at 14:27:46
28 Posted 03/05/2017 at 14:32:12
Liverpool have a reserve player Stewart, he hasn't played many times, it was reported over the weekend a club wanted him and were quoted as ready to pay 㾶M for him.
Yes, it's crazy but is today's price for footballers.
29 Posted 03/05/2017 at 14:39:44
30 Posted 03/05/2017 at 14:40:51
I think Dom would benefit greatly from a season-long loan at a Championship club next year. I'm still surprised at the new contract though.
31 Posted 03/05/2017 at 14:50:45
Is that definite?
Not 'could see his wages bumped..' or 'might see his wages bumped..' etc?
Just curious as to where that (very specific sounding) detail has come from.
32 Posted 03/05/2017 at 15:16:31
Thought he started well against Chelsea, and showed glimpses. Played in his natural position, he might flourish.
33 Posted 03/05/2017 at 15:24:08
34 Posted 03/05/2017 at 16:53:34
If Calvert-Lewin is on £40k, I hope Davis is on at least double that.
35 Posted 03/05/2017 at 17:17:28
(Still think that if RK had subbed in Lookman instead of DCL, we would have won that damned game.)
36 Posted 03/05/2017 at 17:19:07
I'm trying to look at this as a sort of investment in that they are currently banking these appearances and the learning for the future of themselves and the club.
Hopefully it will pay off, maybe next season as part of a stronger set up.
I continue to live in hope!
37 Posted 03/05/2017 at 17:32:43
Okay so that was 20 years ago but in my industry wages are not quite double what they were 20 years ago if you're in the high end. Many earn about the same as 20 years ago.
So given that we pay Premier League wages via gate receipts, TV money or through buying stuff from advertisers, how long can this continue?
38 Posted 03/05/2017 at 17:36:45
39 Posted 03/05/2017 at 17:55:06
I'm completely indifferent to the money. They get paid the going rate.
I can also see hes decent in the air, and quick, he lacks power but at 20 that will come.
Based on our missing champions league quality centre forward in the last month or so, the undroppoble, unsubbable one should have made way for DCL in the last 10mins of games, allowing Lookman into left wing. Lets see at the very least him given a proper opportunity at CF? Not like anyone else is pulling up trees right?
Is Koeman damaging the lad making him play left midfield almost left back in some games? Lets face it our manager loves a dour defensive set up.
Lookman was played there against Bournemouth and was shredded at left midfield and was culpable for one of the goals, not been seen again much has he?
Thats what worries me, DCL, Lookman or anyone else asked to play in a front three always end up been defensive, yet the art of that formation is to occupy the back 4 and defend higher up the park. Either the players can't play to instructions or thats what their orders are. As we've played several people up top with Rom its feels like the latter to me.
Hope see DCL and Lookman play an attacking role in the last three games.
40 Posted 03/05/2017 at 19:07:03
I hope he will gain a lot of experience from being played out wide for now, and that it will help him if (as seems quite possible by now), Lukaku either goes this summer or EFC needs to train someone to eventually shift into Lukaku's position if he leaves the next summer!
41 Posted 03/05/2017 at 19:44:54
Athlete, good feet, great attitude, intelligent.
I'd love to see him given a go in the central role I think he will surprise a few people.
42 Posted 03/05/2017 at 20:20:05
43 Posted 03/05/2017 at 20:30:05
Decent pace and decent in the air but I'm not sure about his finishing: he's missed a few including a bloody header against the shite that would have put us 3-2 down with 20 mins to go.
I want my strikers to score goals above everything else (which is why I don't dislike Lukaku aside from his inability to turn up for matches that matter).
Wish we had a team that could beat the shite. But I'm going off on one.
Good luck, Dominic. Prove me wrong, son.
44 Posted 03/05/2017 at 20:33:30
45 Posted 03/05/2017 at 20:42:28
46 Posted 03/05/2017 at 20:43:32
47 Posted 03/05/2017 at 20:55:31
48 Posted 03/05/2017 at 21:00:52
49 Posted 03/05/2017 at 21:02:53
Paul (47) if you mean the UKIP fella, I don't know if he is minted, but I think he is minty.
50 Posted 03/05/2017 at 21:03:31
51 Posted 03/05/2017 at 21:04:08
52 Posted 03/05/2017 at 21:06:47
53 Posted 03/05/2017 at 21:07:42
54 Posted 03/05/2017 at 21:14:23
He may even turn up against the top 6 sides.
55 Posted 03/05/2017 at 21:21:58
56 Posted 03/05/2017 at 21:27:05
57 Posted 03/05/2017 at 21:41:49
59 Posted 03/05/2017 at 22:48:02
Not sure it Moyeseque playing Calvert-Lewin out of position but what I do know is there is a ready made able young inside forward in Lookman who has been kicking his heels.
Is the bigger crime here playing a player because he is more defensively reliable or not trying to use a more offensive player who would make defending less likely because he has the ball?
60 Posted 03/05/2017 at 23:21:24
61 Posted 03/05/2017 at 23:31:43
I agree but the money is so crazy now I think we just have to overlook it; otherwise, we will drive ourselves insane with envy.
62 Posted 03/05/2017 at 23:57:01
Guessing your insights on brain surgeons would read They just make an incision, fiddle about, close it up, piece of piss.
Re Calvert-Lewin, the bit you omit (nb: the most important bit) is that the player's coaches and manager see him each and every day and over a period of time (months, years) use their professional judgement to decide whether he's good enough or not.
Not a science, I admit, and no guarantees of success (the case with any player) but for now, I'll take their reading of the player's abilities over your summing up.
(And I've still yet to see any proof of £40k a week.)
63 Posted 04/05/2017 at 05:54:49
Some of the criticism is harsh. He is a striker who has been asked to match up and chase left wingers and wingbacks. It's a similar scenario to when Holgate gets stick, or Davies is labelled "headless".
This manager gets credit for playing kids (when he has to). He's playing regularly selecting three at the moment, but he is playing them all out of position. Holgate a centre back, is playing right back. Davies a DM being asked to play further forward. and then there's Calvert-Lewin himself.
Perhaps if Lukaku does go, Koeman thinks he has a ready made replacement in Liam Walsh... All three of these kids have equipped themselves fantastically but, as already pointed out above, this "square peg, round hole" lark is all very Davey Moyes.
This is a good bit of business, but the kid will not really shine until he is playing for somebody who doesn't play him everywhere but his natural position.
64 Posted 04/05/2017 at 06:59:05
Let's face it, Lukaku is off and I'm sure Koeman knows a £1 million buy from Sheffield United's academy is not going to replace him.
65 Posted 04/05/2017 at 16:38:20
66 Posted 04/05/2017 at 16:39:42
Hopefully he will get a chance to play in his right position in the cup games, or Europa League games when we have already qualified. Posters on here might be pleasantly surprised by his heading ability!
67 Posted 04/05/2017 at 23:47:15
He has had a few cameos and looked okay, no more or less, or am I missing something?
68 Posted 05/05/2017 at 06:09:22
I hope the the lad proves and justifies his wage increase then you can moan when the lad wants to play for a bigger football club who play Champions League. Let's see what happens before you judge, eh?
69 Posted 05/05/2017 at 06:11:19
70 Posted 05/05/2017 at 07:48:23
71 Posted 05/05/2017 at 08:50:20
72 Posted 05/05/2017 at 08:58:55
73 Posted 05/05/2017 at 11:08:34
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