Everton supporters have been in high spirits in recent times after seeing their side move into sixth place in the Premier League table at the weekend.
Marco Silva’s men went into their clash with lowly Cardiff City off the back of drawing 0-0 with in-form Chelsea in their previous league encounter, and thus full of confidence ahead of the visit of Neil Warnock’s Bluebirds. And the Toffees just about got the job done at Goodison Park as a Gylfi Sigurdsson strike in the second half was enough to secure a 1-0 success for the Merseysiders, a result which moved them up to sixth place in the table ahead of the derby against Liverpool next weekend.
Thus, there have been many thrilled Evertonians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are wondering just how good their side might become given the summer signings are beginning to become increasingly integral members of Silva’s team.
There is also a good blend of youth and experience in this Everton squad, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin, a £1.62 million (as per Transfermarkt) signing from Sheffield United in 2016, certainly one that falls into the former category.
It was Ronald Koeman who lured the young Englishman to Goodison Park little over two years ago, and while the 21-year-old hasn’t always been a regular feature in Silva’s side, there is no doubting that he is set for a bright future at the club – as such, the Portuguese owes Koeman a lot for equipping him with a future Toffees great.
Ultimately, in a summer of big spending for ex-boss Koeman, the move to bring Calvert-Lewin to Goodison Park went under the radar, with the Toffees parting with just £1.62 million for a player who had done reasonably well at Northampton Town in the 2015/16 season.
And there have certainly been plenty of glimpses of promise from the 21-year-old throughout his time at Everton, as although he struggled for regular game time under Koeman in the 2016/17 campaign, he certainly became a key member of the squad last term with 44 appearances in all competitions – more than any other Everton outfield player.
And with eight goals in that time, four of which coming in the Premier League, the 21-year-old was proving himself to be an adept forward at top-flight level, while his tally of seven assists underlines that he also has the creative flair needed to flourish in an attacking role.
And he has made a decent start to this season as well under new boss Silva, scoring four goals in 13 appearances in all competitions, although the move to play Richarlison as a number nine, alongside Bernard’s return to fitness, has seen Calvert-Lewin fail to start any of their last six league matches.
Nonetheless, at the tender age of 21 and with 11 England Under-21 caps to his name already, there is little doubting that the forward has a bright future ahead of him – and with Everton seemingly heading in the right direction under Silva, that potential could be realised at Goodison Park.
As such, while he maybe isn’t at the forefront of Silva’s plans right now, the Portuguese has Koeman to thank for equipping him with a potential Everton legend.
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