Dominic Calvert-Lewin seemingly has the world at his feet.
The Everton forward is a key part of Marco Silva’s Premier League plans and has impressed on several occasions when called upon by the Merseyside-based club this season.
His meteoric rise to the top tier can be channelled all the way back to the age of eight when he was signed by Sheffield United in 2005. One of the Blades’ brightest prospects, Calvert-Lewin spent nine years in the club’s youth academy before finally making his senior debut whilst on a short-term loan at non-league side Stalybridge Celtic.
Making an immediate impact in the National League North, he scored six goals in just five appearances before moving back to Bramall Lane where he was handed his first United appearance by then-boss Nigel Adkins against Leyton Orient in April 2015.
Despite impressing in pre-season ahead of the following campaign, the Blades decided to loan him out again, with League Two side Northampton Town being his next destination. Under the guidance of Chris Wilder, Calvert-Lewin benefited significantly from learning about all the tricks and trades that lower league football can offer to an aspiring young forward. Playing in an attacking-minded side, the striker scored five goals and impressed throughout his time at Sixfields before returning to Yorkshire.
However, despite his performances for the Cobblers, he was only handed one start by Adkins who preferred the likes of Billy Sharp and Che Adams up-front whilst in charge of the Blades, leading to an ultimatum for the forward to deal with. Despite only being a teenager, Calvert-Lewin was not playing anywhere near enough football for United considering the undeniable talent of which he possessed and so when Everton came calling for his signature in 2016, he decided that it was the right time to move on.
In a deal reported to be in the region of £1.5m according to Sky Sports, the England under-21 ace made the switch to Goodison Park, making his Toffees debut in a 2-1 home win over Arsenal. His first goal for the club came in his first ever Premier League start against Hull City and he hasn’t looked back since. With now 86 appearances to his name, Calvert-Lewin has scored a further sixteen goals and has fought off competition from the likes of Cenk Tosun and Oumar Niasse to hold down a regular position in Silva’s starting eleven.
Yet for all of his exploits at club level, arguably his greatest moment of his career to date came for England in the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup final. Facing an exuberant Venezuela side, the Three Lions triumphed due to a single goal scored by Calvert-Lewin who followed up his own effort to tap-in.
If the 22-year-old continues his upward trajectory as a player it won’t be long before he is handed a senior call up for England. A re-union with Wilder may not happen in terms of moving back to Bramall Lane for Calvert-Lewin yet they could meet on opposing sides if the Blades manage to seal promotion to the Premier League at the end of the season.
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