Story Of His Season: Dominic Calvert-Lewin

From a seven-minute cameo in a 2-1 defeat to League Two Crewe Alexandra, to scoring the winner for your country in a World Cup final. It's safe to say it’s been quite the season for Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

It was to be begin with EFL Cup disappointment at Bramall Lane. Having enjoyed a break out campaign the season before, the youngster had been promoted to the Blades’ first team on a more permanent basis, but little did he know just what was around the corner.

Calvert-Lewin replaced United goalscorer Leon Clarke on 83 minutes as the Yorkshire side bowed out of the Cup. He would never play for Sheffield United again.

Fast-forward four months and Calvert-Lewin is making another substitute appearance. Except this one is at Goodison Park, his shirt is now Royal Blue, the opponents are Arsenal and it’s a well-contested Premier League game that the Toffees are pushing hard to win.

Inside seven minutes, he’s chasing after Ashley Williams in celebration of the defender’s headed winner.

Of course, prior to this he had learned plenty about his new Club after spending his initial bedding in period with David Unsworth and his Under-23s, scoring with regularity and contributing plenty to the young Blues’ eventual title triumph.

But by the time Jonjoe Kenny was lifting the Premier League 2 trophy, Calvert-Lewin had featured in the majority of his 11 Everton first team appearances. Some had gone well – he registered his first goal for the Club in an emphatic 4-0 win over Hull City in March – some less so, such as the withdrawal through injury against Southampton after just 12 minutes.


However, he had done enough to earn a new five-year deal. “I'm really grateful for the opportunities I've had since joining the club and I'm really looking forward to continuing my development here," he said back in early May.

"I hadn't expected things to move as fast as they have and to have played against the teams I have done. I'm very grateful for that and I'm working hard every day to improve."

Most 20-year-olds would be delighted with that in their first season at a Premier League club. For Calvert-Lewin, things would go beyond the boyhood dreams of playing regularly in the top flight and enter ‘pinch me’ territory. 

Named as one of five young Toffees in Paul Simpson’s England Under-20s squad for the World Cup in South Korea during June, he enjoyed a phenomenal tournament that saw him net three goals and assist two more. 

However, it was the third of his trio of strikes that would end his season on the highest of highs. Against Venezuela, he scored the goal that meant England lifted the trophy, with Calvert-Lewin becoming the first Englishman since Geoff Hurst in 1966 to score in a World Cup final.

"It's not really hit me yet to be honest,” he said in the days after his feat. “I've just scored in a World Cup final. It's something which will stay with me for the rest of my life. It's a crazy, crazy feeling."




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