Despite Everton getting the cheque book out and splashing the cash in recent years, one of their least expensive purchases in Calvert-Lewin has started to show the fans his raw talent.
Signed for just £1.5m from Sheffield United back in 2016, Calvert-Lewin has become a regular within the matchday squad for Marco Silva’s side.
During his time at Sheffield United, he was sent out on loan to Stalybridge Celtic to help learn his trade and toughen him up in the non-league. A return of six goals in five games clearly caught the eye of the Everton hierarchy who snapped him up.
Since his arrival, he’s featured in 71 games for the Toffees – although, so far, he won’t be too happy with a goal tally of 11. Yet, over recent weeks, he has shown exactly what he can offer to Silva’s frontline and is proving difficult to keep out of the starting eleven.
Following a 2-0 win over Chelsea, hopes are renewed that the Toffees will finish the season in the top half, with Premier League betting seeing them sit at 5/6 odds of doing so. Calvert-Lewin will hope to play his part in making sure that happens..
The youngster has not been able to force his way into Gareth Southgate’s plans as of yet, but he has scored four goals in eleven appearances for England under-21s.
Everton’s recent result against Newcastle saw Silva’s side throw a two-goal lead away to lose 3-2. Though, from a personal point of view, Calvert-Lewin was able to score and put in a professional performance.
The striker said on reflection: “It is extremely disappointing, we were so comfortable in the first half but did not stick to the game plan after half-time. We knew they would come out fast and it was disappointing to not see the game out.”
With little to play for, it is expected that Calvert-Lewin will be rewarded with more opportunities and game time, after putting in strong performances against arch-rivals Liverpool and Newcastle.
There is an opportunity there for the 21-year-old, as Everton appear to be lacking an out-and-out goalscorer within their ranks. Richarlison came in from Watford in the summer for £50m and is currently their top goalscorer alongside Sigurdsson, both on 12, but they are ultimately midfielders.
Lookman was sent on loan to Leipzig last season but has failed to take any opportunities, while Tosun has been a shadow of his former self since arriving from Besiktas in 2018.
The future looks bright for Calvert-Lewin. If the talented youngster can start finding the back of the net more regularly, he could well be their answer in Everton’s quest for Europa League football next campaign.