Calvert-Lewin On 'Unique' Everton Situation

Dominic Calvert-Lewin says he is experiencing a “unique situation” as one of a crop of talented young stars growing into key performers for Carlo Ancelotti's ambitious Everton.

Striker Calvert-Lewin signed a five-year contract last week to extend his Everton career until at least June 2025.

The 22-year-old’s deal came hot on the heels of defender Mason Holgate agreeing identical-length terms – and last season Tom Davies committed to the Club when the midfielder penned a contract taking him to summer 2023.

Calvert-Lewin and Holgate’s Goodison Park careers have plotted similar paths, both intermittently dipped in the team over their opening seasons but established this term as integral cogs in Ancelotti’s side.

The pair have been virtual ever presents under the Italian manager and in Everton’s two most recent games were joined in the team by 21-year-old Davies.

“It is a unique situation and I have shared special moments with Mason and Tom,” said Calvert-Lewin.

“The three of us have come through at similar times and had the ups and down of being young professional footballers in the Premier League.

“It has been nice to enjoy the good experiences with them but also to share the tough times we have had.

“We have pulled each other through and enjoy each other’s successes as much as our own.

“It is positive for all of us that we’ve committed our futures to the Club.

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“Everton is where we want to be and we are enjoying our football.

“All of us are open about how much we want to win trophies here.

“We have been on our journeys with this club and there is a connection between us and the fans.

“It would be even more special winning something with people who are my genuine friends.”

Calvert-Lewin came to Everton from Sheffield United in August 2016, 12 months after the Club went to Barnsley to recruit Holgate.

The Yorkshire duo both joined ostensibly to link up with Everton Under-23s but progressed ahead of time to advance to the seniors.

Holgate made his first-team debut against Tottenham Hotspur in the same month Calvert-Lewin arrived, with the forward coming off the bench to face Arsenal for his first appearance four months later.

Calvert-Lewin has netted eight times in his past 11 games and of his 24 Premier League goals more than half have come this term.

Equally, Holgate has made 22 of his 60 top-flight appearances in 2019/20.

In short, the two men are getting their rewards for sticking at it during leaner periods.

But Calvert-Lewin echoed Holgate’s view that the English duo – both tipped in some quarters for full international honours – have a raft of learning in front of them.

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His point was illustrated by Everton’s defeat at Chelsea on Sunday which followed a period when Ancelotti’s side claimed 18 points from 10 games.

Calvert-Lewin insists setbacks don't come along for the want of trying – and will aim for a characteristically forceful response when Everton host Liverpool on Monday.

"I always give my best, giving my all is the bare minimum of what I can do." added Calvert-Lewin.

"The feedback from the fans is huge and I am well aware a tackle can lift them when things are getting tough at home.

“I am grateful for the opportunities I have had at Everton.

“It is a very competitive league and not all young players are allowed to make mistakes or given the exposure I have had.

“There have been times I've sat at home after losses looking at myself in the mirror thinking, ‘This is a tough moment’.


“But those are the times which strengthen you.

“It is unforgiving… but I would not change a thing.

“It has been a blessing."

He continued: “You can work all your life on technical and tactical stuff but no one can prepare you to play in front of thousands of people and handle difficult situations.

“I cherish those experiences and they allow you to be able to enjoy these ups even more.

“The experiences I’ve had have led to this form and moment [signing a new contract].

“I have always believed in myself but felt certain things had to happen on the pitch for a little switch to go.

“Now I am going on the pitch fully believing I am going to score in every game and having that belief is a big part of the battle."