Dominic Calvert-Lewin made his senior debut for Everton in the memorable 2-1 win over Arsenal at Goodison Park on Tuesday night.
2. Debut Goal For England Under-20s
Signed from Sheffield United for an undisclosed fee on deadline day in the summer, below are five things you may not know about our Yorkshire-born teenager…
1. Unsworth Turned Dom Pro
David Unsworth rejoined his beloved Everton in October 2013, becoming Alan Stubbs’ assistant manager with the Under-21s.
Prior to that, the former defender, who was part of the Blues’ FA Cup winning side in 1995, had been working as a youth coach for Sheffield United.
It was at Bramall Lane where Unsworth first met Dominic Calvert-Lewin as a 15-year-old, before going on to sign the young forward as a scholar almost exactly three years ago to the day.
After Calvert-Lewin completed his switch to Goodison Park on deadline day in the summer, Unsworth said: “I’ve known Dominic since he was 15. We signed him as a scholar at 16, just before Christmas on a very proud day for himself and his family. I remember it really well.
“I always thought he had the qualities, the physique and the temperament to play at the very top level.”
Wednesday 31 August 2016.
Calvert-Lewin described it as a “whirlwind day” as he received his maiden call-up for England Under-20s before completing a deadline-day switch to Everton from Sheffield United.
The 19-year-old made his Young Lions bow against Brazil in early September, stepping off the bench to register a towering header in a 2-1 defeat.
3. Football League Experience
Calvert-Lewin made his professional debut for hometown club Sheffield United as a 66th-minute substitute in a 1-1 away draw at Leyton Orient in April 2015.
After one more senior appearance for the Blades, he subsequently spent five months on loan at Northampton Town, marking his debut with a goal in a 3-0 win against Blackpool in the League Cup.
In total, Calvert-Lewin made 26 appearances for the League Two Hatters, scoring eight times in 26 appearances before returning to Bramall Lane to play two more games before moving to Goodison in the summer.
4. “Incredible Spring”
There is no shortage of people who speak highly of Calvert-Lewin.
Amongst them, Nigel Clough, who was Sheffield United manager between 2013 and 2015, was impressed with the attributes of the young forward.
He said: “Dominic is a big lad who is good technically for the stage he’s at and he’s going to win headers against anybody. He’s got an incredible spring.
“Providing Dom continues to work hard and apply himself, which we are sure he will, then he should have a good future ahead of him.”
The teenager became one of only a handful of players with the letters ‘E’, ‘V’, ‘E’, ‘R’, ’T’, ‘O’ and ’N’ in his name to play for the Toffees.
We’ll start you off with legendary winger Trevor Steven - but how many others can you name?
>>> Watch Calvert-Lewin discuss his ‘dream’ debut against the Gunners here