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Everton youngster set to sign long-term deal

Dominic Calvert-Lewin will follow Mason Holgate in committing his future to the club

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Numerous reliable journalists are reporting that Dominic Calvert-Lewin is set to sign a new five-year contract at Goodison Park.

The Times’ Paul Joyce and the BBC’s Phil McNulty were among those to tweet news of the new deal, which is set to be announced in the coming days.

It would complete a productive week for Everton after Mason Holgate also signed a new five-year deal on Tuesday, while another one of the Toffees’ best young talents, Richarlison, committed to fresh terms in December.

It is also just reward for Calvert-Lewin, who has developed rapidly over the past few months.

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He has scored 15 goals in all competitions this season, 13 of those in the Premier League, the most scored by an Englishman in the competition for Everton since Paul Rideout in 1995.

What’s more remarkable is his goalscoring record since the departure of Marco Silva.

The 23-year-old scored five goals in 16 appearances under the Portuguese before netting twice in Duncan Ferguson’s first game in interim charge against Chelsea in December.

Since Carlo Ancelotti’s first game on Boxing Day, Calvert-Lewin has scored eight times in 10 Premier League appearances, with no other player scoring more in the division in that time.

With Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford currently sidelined through injury, Calvert-Lewin’s emergence has come at just the right time for England.

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate watched Calvert-Lewin in action against Manchester United at Goodison Park last Sunday and there is talk of a first England call-up for the friendlies with Italy and Denmark later this month, with a place at Euro 2020 now a realistic prospect.