Dominic Calvert-Lewin is off to a solid start this season for Everton. A lack of service has meant that the goals have not been there, but no one can question the quality of his play with his smart running and quick thinking. His ability has been rewarded with a nomination for the UEFA Golden Boy Award.
If we’re being honest, what really earned Calvert-Lewin his spot here is his play for the English U-20 national team and their World Cup winning campaign where he covered himself in glory by doing this:
His strong form for his country has continued at the U-21 level, where he recently bagged this goal against the Netherlands in the qualifiers for the 2019 Euros:
It’s easy to forget how good it felt to see Everton players score goals.
DCL has the makings of a very capable Premier League striker. I would not expect Real Madrid or Bayern to come calling for his services at any point, but he is proving that he deserves his place in the English Premier League, and frankly that he deserves more minutes on this Premier League team than he has received.
As much as we love our hometown hero here, he’s not going to win this award. That’s not a criticism of him at all - Calvert-Lewin has earned his place on a list that includes Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Christian Pulisic, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Kasper Dolberg. It’s just that Mbappe and Dembele cost nearly £250m+ combined for a reason.
The award will be announced in October (same money is on Mbappe) but in the meantime, Dominic Calvert-Lewin should absolutely be celebrated for earning his place on this list.