Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin is a 21-year-old attacking talent who is impressing fans with sterling performances and memorable goals. But how good could he become?
Calvert-Lewin moved to Goodison Park from Sheffield United in the summer of 2016, and has since made over 80 appearances for Everton. Calvert-Lewin has steadily made more appearances for Everton each season. He made 11 Premier League appearances in 2016/17, 32 Premier League appearances in 2017/18 and 26 so far this season.
When it comes to scoring goals, he’s steadily improving his goal tally by scoring one in 2016/17, four in 2017/18 and five in this season’s Premier League campaign so far. Though he is also improving year-on-year beyond the statistics, he seems to be growing prowess, gaining muscle and becoming a bigger name player.
Calvert-Lewin’s impressive Premier League performances won him a place in England’s 2017 U20 World Cup squad. He starred for England as they won the tournament. He continued his international form last year, and followed England first team stars Jordan Henderson and Jordan Pickford in winning the U21 Player of the Year honors.
After scoring for Everton on Tuesday in their win against Cardiff, Everton captain Phil Jagielka highly praised Calvert-Lewin and described his talents. Jagielka told journalists: “Dom deserved his goal, I told him that – he had an important role for us on his own up front against two big, strong defenders and when he came back to defend set pieces he got his head on a few things… I was delighted he got on the scoresheet.”
Jagielka’s comments speak of Calvert-Lewin’s attacking talents and his sheer level of strength. Jagielka highlighted the prowess of the young man and showed the level of his physical presence. However, Calvert-Lewin is much more than a brute force center forward; he has a brilliant technique and good running power. He possesses the speed and running ability of a young Theo Walcott and the physical strength of Wayne Rooney. He is well built, and athletic, but also slender and agile, a perfect blend of two Everton stars.
The Sheffield born forward is forging quite an international pedigree and is undoubtedly on Gareth Southgate’s radar. If Southgate selects Calvert-Lewin, he will bring a blend of youthful exuberance and tactical nous to the England fold. He will also carry an ever-expanding lot of experience with him and a talent that could challenge the likes of Raheem Sterling for their positions in the starting 11.
Calvert-Lewin will undoubtedly get an international opportunity sooner or later. And when he does, I am sure he will grab it with both hands. Calvert-Lewin is a player who is full of potential and is shining in a decent Premier League team. He is standing on the legacy of English Everton greats from years gone by and steadily living up to expectation. Only time will tell if Calvert-Lewin can continue to build on his Everton form and translate his English youth team class to the senior ranks. But, if Calvert-Lewin does reach his potential, he could be one of the greatest English players of his generation.