Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin is a contender to win the 2017 Golden Boy award – given to Europe’s most impressive footballer under the age of 21.
Run by Italian newspaper Tuttosport, the award sees the Blues youngster – who netted two goals in Wednesday’s 3-0 Carabao Cup win over Sunderland – among 25 contenders alongside the likes of Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, PSG’s Kylian Mbappé and Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembélé.
Calvert-Lewin has been quick to make an impression since joining Everton from Sheffield United last summer. The 20-year-old grabbed his first Toffees goal in the 4-0 win over Hull City in March, before helping England lift the Under-20 World Cup in the summer, netting the winner in the final against Venezuela.
He has started the 2017/18 campaign in impressive form for Everton, bagging the winning goal against MFK Ruzomberok in the Europa League and recording a double against Sunderland.
The Golden Boy Award, founded in 2003, relates to performances across a calendar year not a season, with the winner decided by a panel of 30 journalists.
Calvert-Lewin is one of six English players in the running, the highest number from one nation.
The nominees in full:
Aarón Martin Espanyol; Jean-Kévin Augustin RB Leipzig; Rodrigo BentacurJuventus; Steven Bergwijn PSV Eindhoven; Dominic Calvert-Lewin Everton; Federico Chiesa Fiorentina; Ousmane Dembélé Barcelona; Amadou DiawaraNapoli; Kasper Dolberg Ajax; Gianluigi Donnarumma Milan; Gabriel JesusManchester City; Joe Gomez Liverpool; Benjamin Henrichs Bayer Leverkusen; Borja Mayoral Real Madrid; Kylian Mbappé Paris Saint-Germain; Emre Mor Celta Vigo; Reece Oxford Borussia Mönchengladbach; Christian Pulisic Borussia Dortmund; Marcus Rashford Manchester United; Allan Saint-Maximim Nice; Dominic Solanke Liverpool; Theo Hernández Real Madrid; Youri TielemansMonaco; Enes Unal Villarreal; Kyle Walker-Peters Tottenham.