Who Is He?
- Name – Dominic Calvert-Lewin
- Age – 03/16/1997 (23 years old)
- Rookie Season/ Team – 2014 / Stalybridge Celtic
- Nationality – English
- International Caps (Goals) – 3 (1)
- Position – Striker
- Current Team / League – Everton / English Premier League
Introduction / Overview
Born in Sheffield in 1997, Dominic Calvert-Lewin joined the Sheffield United Youth Academy in 2005, eventually signing onto a scholarship to become an official part of the Academy when he was sixteen. While he is recognized as a striker today, he actually began his career as a box-to-box midfielder in the vein of Bastian Schweinsteiger. He was included in the squad, but did not make a senior appearance in an FA Cup game against Aston Villa in 2014, and he was loaned out to Northern Premier League club Stalybridge Celtic at the end of the year.
It was at Stalybridge where he first played as a striker, scoring twice on his debut and then netting a further four times across the next four games. In February, he returned to Sheffield United and signed a new contract. In April, he made his first team debut for the Blades, coming on as a substitute in the 66th minute.
Despite then-Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins hinting that Calvert-Lewin could may get a chance in the first team, he was loaned out to Northampton Town from August to January, scoring 8 goals in 25 appearances. Before the start of the 2016/17 season, he completed a transfer to Everton for £1.5 million.
While not yet a first-team player, he still managed to get some minutes, and scored his first goal for Everton in a 4-0 win over Hull City. The following season, he netted his first brace for the Toffees, in a Europa League qualifying round, and on his 100th appearance for Everton, he netted twice against Sheffield Wednesday, rivals of his boyhood club.
Standing 6 foot 2, Calvert-Lewin can win headers against even the best defenders in the league, and this has been proven so far this season. His first goal of the 2020/21 season was a header that came in Everton’s first game against Tottenham. He built on this form in the following game, scoring a hat-trick against West Bromwich Albion, and then repeated the heroics in a 4-1 dismantling of West Ham United in the EFL Cup. This proved that his quality was not a fluke, and he finished the month as the joint-top scorer alongside Son Heung-min, with six goals, which earned him the Player of the Month Award for September.
Dominic Calvert Lewin is the main attacking threat for Everton, and like any decent striker, he can score with both his head and his feet while also having a knack for following up on rebounds. This makes him a vital asset to any Premier League team, as well as his country, scoring with a header on his debut.
As he has not had as many first-team opportunities as established strikers such as Harry Kane, it’s difficult to analyze his stats thoroughly. However, looking at the current season, he has six goals in four games in the Premier League, and three goals in two games in the EFL Cup. When you add his recent appearances for England, including his debut goal, it brings his total goal contribution up to 11 goals in 10 appearances, with a ratio of 1.1 goals per game.
All players go through peaks and valleys no matter how good they are, but for the start of the season, these figures are impressive for anyone, no matter how much experience they have.
Why Has His Value Increased?
There are many reasons why a player’s value increases. With Calvert-Lewin, these are some of the potential factors behind a recent surge in his price.
- He has made a flying start to the new season
- He looks to be an essential part of Carlo Ancelotti’s plans
- Partnerships with Richarlison and Rodriguez mean he is likely to score more goals
- Recently won Premier League Player of the Month
- Won his first England cap and scored in the 3-0 win over Wales
- Increased interest in soccer cards
- Worldwide appeal of the EPL
Predictions for the Future
We all know by now that anything can happen in soccer, which is why it’s always difficult to make predictions on the future. However, that won’t stop us from trying, anyway. While Calvert-Lewin did not necessarily burst onto the scene as a rookie, his performances over the last twelve months are nothing to sniff at. His form last season (aside from the minor drought he experienced after the restart), showed plenty of promising signs, and with an incredible start to the new season, he looks sure to build upon his recent performances.
- Consistency: With sky-high confidence and the likes of Richarlison and Rodriguez on the flanks, Calvert-Lewin can easily maintain his consistency.
- Form: Calvert-Lewin is undoubtedly in the form of his life, which could easily continue throughout the season.
- Club Form: Everton and flying high in the EPL, and are unbeaten after four games.
- Honors: Calvert Lewin was recently awarded Player of the Month for September, and Everton could win some silverware come the end of the season.
- International Performance: He has only recently made his international debut, but he topped this first game with a goal, and has made two appearances since then.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has started the season impressively, but this value potential will depend on whether he is capable of maintaining this quality throughout the season. While he may have started his career a little slower compared to other top strikers, the fact he is playing under a world class manager in Don Carlo, and flanked by the quality of Richarlison and Rodriguez means there’s a definite chance for him to continue this excellent form throughout the season and beyond.
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