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Dominic Calvert-Lewin 29

Joining Everton Academy from Sheffield United in the summer of 2016 for the paltry sum of just £1.1m, Dominic Calvert-Lewin was regarded 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 squad 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. He was given his full Everton debut in the Premier League against Southampton but lasted barely five mins before he turned his ankle when tackled, and was forced off with just 11 minutes gone.  It was a real blow when he would then spend the next two months on the sidelines.

Koeman's faith in the youngster was rewarded when he returned, however and DCL scored a lovely opening goal in his first start in the return game against Hull. The youngster had only played in 10 senior games, scoring one goal, when his contract was renegotiated to run for another year with significantly increased remuneration.

He continued to be picked by Koeman to play in a surprising number of games, albeit out of position wide on the right before he left early to play for England in the U20 World Cup, taking place 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. 

Blessed with decent pace, a robust physique, excellent aerial ability and a good first touch, Calvert-Lewin had all the ingredients to be a top-class striker if he could add consistent goalscoring to his repertoire, something he continued to develop over the next two seasons, the second of which was under new manager Marco Silva. With Everton failing to sign a recognised, out-and-out striker in the summer of 2018 and only Oumar Niasse and Cenk Tosun fitting that description, Calvert-Lewin would find himself leading the Blues' line as first-choice striker for much of the season.

The Sheffield lad weighed in with some crucial goals but couldn't find the prolific scoring streak needed to ensure that he would keep the starting role the following season as pressure mounted on Silva and Director of Football, Marcel Brands, to add a top-class, 20-a-season man to play up front. Regardless, still aged 22, Calvert-Lewin had established himself as a credible and reliable centre-forward whose work off the ball and in unsettling Premier League defenders often didn't get the credit it deserved. 

FactFile

Squad number 29
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 by 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
   
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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
  Totals 42 (36) 11 9 (6) 6 51 (42) 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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