Dominic Calvert-Lewin: The stunning transformation of a blossoming talent

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Chelsea FC at Goodison Park on December 07, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

England Under-21 striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been an irresistible force time and time again since Carlo Ancelotti took to the helm in December.

Everton are a team revitalized and have undergone a stunning transformation under Ancelotti. They’ve gained fresh momentum from his arrival and Calvert-Lewin has been the man of the moment on the scoring front – notching 8 goals in 10 appearances to extend his tally to 13 goals in the Premier League.

Southgate will undoubtedly be casting his eye on the mid-season revolution and Everton have been quick to persuade the 22-year-old to sign a new five-year contract at the club. His sixth sense of sniffing out chances has provided Everton with an indispensable front-man capable of hauling them to victory against the odds.

The Toffees have a plethora of creative midfielders, including Andre Gomes and Gylfi Sigurdsson. The issue under Marco Silva was the lack of a clinical striker capable of bursting the net on a regular basis.

Calvert-Lewin has filled the void which was left gaping when Romelu Lukaku switched to Manchester United in 2017 and is forming a formidable partnership with Richarlison. The Brazilian had failed to reach the heights of his debut season until a late flurry of goals during the latter stages of the Silva era gave him newfound confidence.

Richarlison (4) and Calvert-Lewin (5) have scored a combined 9 goals alone since the turn of the year. He’s been on board with Ancelotti from the very beginning and he’s more than likely to play a decisive role in whether Everton finish the season with a flourish.

“For me personally I am enjoying my football as you can see, but for the lads it has been a great period,” he said in December. “We have got that togetherness back in the team. We are getting back to where we want to be after a below-par start.

“It was not good enough and it was vitally important we turned it around. We wanted first to get into that middle cluster and go beyond that.”

Everton have indeed hauled themselves clear of the relegation dogfight and they could perhaps make a last-ditch challenge for Europa League qualification. The Toffees have lost just 2 league games during Ancelotti’s reign (W5 D3) and the Italian has lifted them 10 points clear of the relegation zone.

Calvert-Lewin along with Southampton forward Danny Ings has blazed an unexpected trail this term. England had become heavily reliant on Harry Kane in the centre-forward position but a new generation of prolific net-bursters have well and truly broke onto the scene.

His manager Ancelotti has fully backed him to earn his first England cap, saying: “Of course he can play. He showed a lot of quality in the last game, he can play for England, no doubt about this.

“Dominic is doing really well, he has to keep going, he is showing good qualities in this moment.

“I don’t have to tell Southgate to look at Dominic because he already did this. Southgate has his own right to decide.”

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