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Dominic Calvert Lewin: Everton striker coming into his own under Ancelotti

Dominic Calvert Lewin has always been highly rated by club and country. Through the youth systems, he’s thrived for both Everton and England. In particular with the Three Lions, scoring the winner in the final of their U20 World Cup triumph and winning Player of the Year for the U21s the following year. For a long time now, the striker has been considered the future of the Toffees as well as part of the national set up.

However, the 22 year old struggled to really set the Premier League alight. Moments and glimpses of quality in one game. But then not a consistent run of goals to show for the work he puts in on the pitch. Calvert-Lewin’s best top flight tally for Everton was 6 goals in 35 games before this season. Hardly eye catching, if not mediocre. But now in 2019/20, he’s quietly scored an impressive 11 goals in just 24 appearances. It’s time we start giving the Sheffield United youth product some credit:

Dominic Calvert Lewin in action for Everton

Prior to this season, the former Blades forward lacked that bit of quality in front of goal. Missing chances top strikers would put away or making poor decisions in the final third. With his stature and play style, he relies on being sharp in the box and putting away the chances that he does get. But now with 3 goals in his last 3 games, Calvert-Lewin is really coming into his own under Carlo Ancelotti. 6 in 8 under the Italian, his most prolific spell on Merseyside.

Dominic Calvert Lewin – Style of Play

At 6ft 2, the Everton striker is a dominant physical presence up front. Not afraid to have a scrap or clash with any defender, his strength and height make him quite a handful to deal with. Undoubtedly, a large part of Calvert-Lewin’s game is headers. The aerial threat he poses from crosses and set pieces gives his marker a tough task. He uses his physical qualities to his advantage on the ground too. Winning 1.3 fouls per game, the way the Englishman uses his body to win free kicks is also worth nothing.

In a team often lacking creativity and any sort of service for the attack, the England U21 international works tirelessly. Fighting for the badge, putting in 110%, running his socks off. Calvert-Lewin embodies those classic phrases of an industrious player. The Goodison Park faithful acknowledge this and have always loved his commitment to shirt. Even in the most tumultuous times for the club on the pitch.

What the 22 year old has improved the most this season is his composure and decision making. The video shows some of the chances he’s now putting away into the box. Maybe not the cleanest of finishes, but that’s irrelevant. All that matters is he’s putting them in the back of the net. With his stature and intelligent movement in the box, Calvert-Lewin can become a great poacher. Finally most of those 2.3 shots per game are being converted.

Improvements and what lies ahead

He’s not slow or poor with ball either. For a player of his size, his footwork is and turn of pace can often take defenders by surprise. Though just 1 assist in 2019/20, the former Northampton Town loanee has proven he’s an able creator in the past. Particularly 2017/18 where he laid on an impressive 6 assists. It hasn’t been a strong point of his season so far though with a below par 63.8% pass accuracy. Perhaps this signals his transition from a play-making forward to an out and out striker?

“He is fantastic with the head, clever in the box and sharp. I think he is going to be at the top in England and in Europe.”

Carlo Ancelotti on Calvert-Lewin’s potential

Either way, Dominic Calvert Lewin has come up leaps and bounds this year. Under a veteran like Ancelotti with of course big Duncan Ferguson to advise him, if he can continue his development, the Toffees striker has the potential to become a great player. Watch this space…

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