Calvert-Lewin commits his future to Everton with new deal

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin has followed Mason Holgate in putting pen to paper on improved terms and a new five-year contract.

The striker, who turns 23 later this month, has broken out this season as a much-needed goalscorer for the Toffees and has 15 goals to his name in all competitions so far.

He agreed a new deal today that ties him to the club until 2025.

“This is a very proud day," he told evertontv. "It has been enjoyable for me since the start at Everton and I am enjoying every day coming into training and every minute on the football pitch.

“The turnaround we have had since December is fantastic and the belief in ourselves we are back up there and can compete with the best is well and truly there.

“And with a man like Carlo leading the ship it makes it easier for us to believe in the process."


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Ian Bennett
1 Posted 06/03/2020 at 18:06:19
Dom signed for 5 more years, great news.
Jay Wood

2 Posted 06/03/2020 at 18:11:14
Another young gun nailed down.


Carlo referenced this possibility in his presser this morning

Tony Everan
3 Posted 06/03/2020 at 18:23:40
What a great 4 days! Mason Holgate and Dominic Calvert-Lewin signing long term.

Both class now, both young, both improving. Other teams and the media don't know yet just how good these two lads are and how central the will be to Everton's renaissance under Carlo Ancelloti.

Martin Berry
4 Posted 06/03/2020 at 18:35:21
Calvert-Lewin has proved the impatient and the cynics wrong who believed he was not going to be good enough.

He has all the tools to be exceptional, he just needs a little time... remember that, please.

Colin Glassar
5 Posted 06/03/2020 at 18:38:54
I always believed in this lad and Holgate so I'm chuffed he's proven his critics wrong. Get Lozano on the right, Richarlison down the left and Calvert-Lewin down the middle – Dream Team!
Michael Lynch
6 Posted 06/03/2020 at 18:39:36
I'm not going to deny that I was one of the doubters last season, but he's been immense for us this time around. He can only get better really, and I think he's got a massive future here.

He could be an Everton great.

Alan Williams
7 Posted 06/03/2020 at 18:40:58
Personally, I don't rate him. We need somebody who is going to score 20 goals regularly. I can't see him doing it myself.
Des Farren
8 Posted 06/03/2020 at 18:41:58
My congrats to Dominic. Freely admit I was a doubter but glad to, again, be proved wrong.
David Pearl
9 Posted 06/03/2020 at 18:44:02
Great news. Him and Holgate have really come good this season, finally. If we think Kean could develop also, then l'd be looking to a 4-3-3 formation and trying to find a couple midfield players that can supplement their styles. That would be mean another new recruit at right-back. Looking good.
Tony Everan
10 Posted 06/03/2020 at 18:58:36
Great news for the club: first Mason, now Dominic.

Both class now, still improving, and will be influential in getting the club back challenging for everything.

Our future looks brighter than it has for a long time.

Mike Benjamin
11 Posted 06/03/2020 at 19:00:50
Alan #4. With this formation for a full season and a better midfield behind him, he will get 20 goals. His movement and now showing power in the air – the improvement is amazing. I just wish he would put his foot through the ball rather than side-foot shooting.
Lev Vellene
12 Posted 06/03/2020 at 19:04:47
Kudos to him for not mentioning the on- and off-line haters! Sometimes I really worry about the sickos among our own supporters who just hate any young, inexperienced players, even if they never got enough playing time to prove they could develop at all...
John McFarlane Snr
13 Posted 06/03/2020 at 19:07:51
Hi all, I must confess that there were times last season when I was doubtful of Dominic Calvert-Lewin making the impact that he's made this season. I felt that he spent too much time on the flanks, whether by orders or natural inclination. I'm happy to say that I was completely wrong, and he has proved himself to me.

I may add that my success rate of forecasting the future of talented young men isn't the best. When The Beatles burst onto the scene in 1962, I said "Give them 18 months and nobody will remember them". I still consider that's my claim to fame. In defence, I had little interest in music at that time, football in general and Everton FC in particular, dominated my life... my 'Young Lady' says, "What's new?"

Tony Abrahams
14 Posted 06/03/2020 at 19:09:58
David @6! I personally think it's time to start giving Moise Kean more game-time to play alongside Calvert-Lewin. I know him and Richarlison are doing well together, but I think Kean is the more natural front-runner, and I also think Richarlison would really strengthen us in midfield, the area our team needs to improve in the most.

We have now tied three youngsters to long-term contracts, and it's very pleasing to hear Ancelotti say that the spine of the team is okay, and he's definitely here to begin challenging for the Champions League places next season!

Jay Wood

15 Posted 06/03/2020 at 19:15:51
Always rated him. Always defended him.

Here's a video interview of him about extending his contract.

Very eloquent. Very focussed. Very driven. Very much aware of the history behind the Number 9 shirt at Everton.

He's a smashing lad.


Joe Corgan
16 Posted 06/03/2020 at 19:20:39
Scores a few goals, gets a bumper new deal. Obviously I'm glad we've secured his future. I just wish we all got a big payday every time we put in a couple of months worth of decent performances at work.
Lev Vellene
17 Posted 06/03/2020 at 19:25:30
John McFarlane Sr, we must all feel very privileged by the times we live in! The Mop Tops preceded my birth by about 4 years, and all 4 grandparents I had are dead by now. The Mersey Beat is still part of my top list for old-timey music, even if I wasn't even born until just before Obla-Dih... :D
Dave Abrahams
18 Posted 06/03/2020 at 19:29:24
I think Dominic is more than just a striker – not forgetting that 12 league goals this season with the midfield we have is excellent – he is a good leader of the line, getting better at holding up the play, a good percentage of headers he wins all over the field, including defence.

To me, he is one of the most important players in the team and still improving. Definitely in the running for Player of the Season and, with 10 games to play, a few more goals might clinch that for him, to go with his first few England caps.

Alan Williams
19 Posted 06/03/2020 at 19:36:13
Giving Holgate and Calvert-Lewin 5-year deals to me sounds like we aren't going to spend big this summer because they are both average Premier League players who aren't going to get us anywhere near the top four — just my opinion.
Tony Sullivan
20 Posted 06/03/2020 at 19:44:05
Joe Corgan (13)

I agree with you about rewards at work. If you are not already a Trade Union member, joining a union would help start the fight back for workers.

Ray Robinson
21 Posted 06/03/2020 at 19:44:07
I am not convinced that he is a natural predator but love his energy, application and intelligence. Even if he "only" scores 15 a season, his attitude alone will take Everton forward. A top bloke and a fantastic signing!
Robert Tressell
23 Posted 06/03/2020 at 19:47:44
The thing I like about Calvert-Lewinis that he keeps learning, improving and working hard. He's turned himself into a 1-goal-in-2 striker this way. I still have my doubts about how far he can go but, even if this is his limit, it's a very good level. More of his ilk please, Brands.
Joe McMahon
24 Posted 06/03/2020 at 19:50:51
He's come on leaps since getting better support. The last 18 years of one up front has finally ended, and Dominic is benefiting. Thank you, Carlo and Duncan!
John McFarlane Snr
25 Posted 06/03/2020 at 19:52:20
Hi Lev [14] you're right in saying that we should all feel privileged 'by the times we live in'. Approaching my 82nd birthday, I consider myself old, privileged, and fortunate.

Hi Dave [15] I know that you have championed Dominic when doubters [including myself] were less enamoured. I feel on reflection that many were expecting more than the lad could deliver, due to the fact that he was, in the main, operating in a zone where goals were nigh impossible. You'll have to invent a reason for another get-together.

Neal Kernohan
26 Posted 06/03/2020 at 19:56:39
Once a Blue, always a Blue!
Dave Abrahams
27 Posted 06/03/2020 at 19:58:38
Tony (17), I agree with you about joining a union, but getting a union card doesn't make you a worker. I worked with enough people who couldn't or wouldn't pull the tail off a chocolate mouse, to convince me there were more lazy people in work than out of work.
Paul Birmingham
28 Posted 06/03/2020 at 20:00:17
I see some similarities with Sharpy in his early years after he arrived from Dumbarton.

Calvert-Lewin works hard and is improving, but there's signs of maturity, but for me taking the tap-in and decision-making require honing, but his link-up play, and drive are first class.

For me, a playmaker centre-mid, right-back, and centre-back are must needs, but Marcel will have his blueprint.

Now for Chelsea...

Phil Smith
29 Posted 06/03/2020 at 20:15:28
Still misses things he should bury but I can only see him improving. Wishing a few others will get a run next season (Kenny, maybe Gordon).

Hopefully Mr Ancelotti will gather all of the loanees in over the summer and see just what we have there. Don't be surprised if Bolasie comes back into the fold...

Brian Williams
30 Posted 06/03/2020 at 20:27:57
The lad's come on in leaps and bounds. Still has further to go.

Those with much more experience than any of us have seen fit to give him a new contract. I hope he scores the winner on Sunday.

Christy Ring
31 Posted 06/03/2020 at 20:34:46
Alan @17 Holgate & Calvert-Lewin two average players? Two young players, who are on the brink of the England squad, don't know where your pessimism is coming from.
Mike Gaynes
32 Posted 06/03/2020 at 20:36:26
John #11, that made me smile.

Dave #16, agreed.

Don Alexander
33 Posted 06/03/2020 at 20:37:22
Nobody knows just how Calvert-Lewin will improve but he already has something of Teddy Sheringham about him (and every striker he played with recognised his skills improved them, a bit like Peter Beardsley did) but with way more pace and appetite.

If he can maintain that but improve his own scoring, we really will have a player the whole world will want.

Mark Burton
34 Posted 06/03/2020 at 20:38:18
Before Carlo came, he couldn't hit a barn door from a yard away and I honestly thought that he was not going to make it as a striker.... But attitude changes a lot of things. He has the right attitude now and I hope for years to come.
Steve Shave
35 Posted 06/03/2020 at 20:40:02
Cheer up, Alan, he will prove you wrong, pal. I too have always defended him. This season, though, his growing confidence is a joy to see and, for your information, he will get 20 this season across all competitions.

I think he is going to the very top. His finishing and positioning needs work but his work rate, touch, aerial ability are first rate. We are lucky to have him (at an outlay of ٟ.5M) and I wish people could see it and get behind him, FFS. I'm over the moon.

Les Moorcroft
36 Posted 06/03/2020 at 20:44:07
I would not be surprised to see this lad up front for England in the summer if he keeps banging them in. And the other two are not fit.
Terry Downes
37 Posted 06/03/2020 at 20:44:30
Mark @32,

Calvert-Lewin started to improve when Dunc started playing with two up front! I don't think it's all down to Ancelotti?

Anthony Flack
38 Posted 06/03/2020 at 20:45:08
Jeez, Alan, I admit to already one too many ales but he is an outstanding talent.

Last season, he had a run where he terrorised teams but couldn't score. Now, he is doing both. I think he has 25 goals a season in him.

Opposition defenders will think long and hard about how to handle him and that says a great deal.

I felt quite emotional when I saw the news and the comment about Carlo – and it's not the Timmy Taylor's...

Dave Evans
39 Posted 06/03/2020 at 20:45:11
Alan @ 5 and 17,

You are wrong. Just my opinion.

Kieran Kinsella
40 Posted 06/03/2020 at 20:47:43
Don Alexander,

I've thought the exact same thing about him being similar to Sheringham in terms of his reading of the game, movement etc. Now the goals are coming too which is what he was previously lacking.

David Pearl
41 Posted 06/03/2020 at 20:56:08
Tony, 12. Good point about Kean. I think after the game he played against Newcastle he looked like he'd come on a lot so really he should have been given more minutes lately than he has.

Richarlison however, l never liked seeing him defending and chasing back down the wing. I'd rather he plays up top and through the middle. I think if we do keep this formation, it's curtains for Sigurdsson.

Looking more likely we need another top class centre-midfielder and right-winger. Maybe even Iwobi will come good... we live in hope!

Tony Abrahams
42 Posted 06/03/2020 at 21:19:45
If Iwobi comes good, it won't be out wide, David, because he doesn't look like he's got enough belief in himself. Maybe he doesn't think he's fast enough to play out wide, but it might be a different story if he's played inside, imo, but is he brave enough?
Annika Herbert
43 Posted 06/03/2020 at 21:23:30
Dave @38, you are exactly right!
Peter Thistle
44 Posted 06/03/2020 at 21:27:19
I hope this doesn't stop us going after a proper experienced striker who will get 20 goals a season. If Calvert-Lewin can ever reach that number... I doubt it. We need a mix of experience to compensate for the amount of sitters he misses.
Anthony Flack
45 Posted 06/03/2020 at 21:29:11
Iwobi is not brave enough
Mike Gaynes
46 Posted 06/03/2020 at 21:29:28
Big juicy rumor of a potential strike partner for Dom, just posted on ESPNFC's Live Blog:

Tottenham, Everton battle to sign Celtic's Edouard

Everton have been sending scouts to watch Celtic sensation Odsonne Edouard, reports the Daily Mail, and the Toffees could battle it out with Spurs for the striker's services.

The French Under-21 international has been in electric form at Parkhead and the Glasgow giants, currently chasing a 10th consecutive league title, have been looking to secure the striker to a new deal. However, they also know that Edouard is a man in demand and Everton in particular have been regular visitors, sending scouts to consecutive games against Kilmarnock and FC Copenhagen.

Both Everton and Spurs would have to part with £30m to sign a player whose former club Paris Saint-Germain inserted a huge sell-on clause into any future deal.

Edouard has scored 61 goals in 123 games and could prove the perfect partner for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has been offered a new and improved contract.

So how about it, you Glasgow Blues? Is this kid worth £30 million?

Dave Evans
47 Posted 06/03/2020 at 21:33:52
Makes me proud the way Calvert Lewin and Holgate are coming of age and on the cusp of the England team.
I still think Tom Davies at 22 can be a great player for us. Sometimes it can be underestimated how players develop during these vital years.
Moise Kean has a great physical presence at just 20 years of age. Looking forward to seeing him bully a few premier league centre halves in the coming couple of seasons. Just like Dominic is starting to do now.
John Keating
48 Posted 06/03/2020 at 21:42:43

I've been mentioning Edouard for a while now. Young lad, pacy, tall. He can score goals but his all-round play is excellent.

Very quick feet and very good bringing others into play. These days, £ 30 million would be a snip when you hear what other strikers are being quoted at.

If it went pear-shaped, we'd always get our money back!

Mind you, I was saying for ages we should have gone for John McGinn when at Hibs. We could have got him for a song. If Villa go down, he'll go for big money.

Yes, at 㿊 million, Edouard would we'll be worth a serious look at.

Martin Mason
49 Posted 06/03/2020 at 21:44:24
This is such good news and a massive statement of intent from the club. Mind you, he's some player isn't he? Very special. I agree with Carlo that we have the spine of a very good team already in place.
Mike Gaynes
50 Posted 06/03/2020 at 21:46:43
Good to know, John #48.
David Currie
51 Posted 06/03/2020 at 21:49:07
Great news about Calvert-Lewin. On another note, a message to EFC:

Please do not ban John Mc Senior from any games at Goodison. He is Everton through and through and one of my favourite posters.

Mary Coleman
52 Posted 06/03/2020 at 21:55:17
Fantastic news about Dominic Calvert-Lewin – he really has come a long way.

I noticed he was taking very highly of Ferguson. How much work they had been doing together behind the scenes.

Ferguson seems like he knows what he's doing in both coaching and management.

Hopefully the good work will continue.

Well done, Dom!

Ray Robinson
53 Posted 06/03/2020 at 22:21:03
Mark #34, attitude has never been a problem as far as Calvert-Lewin is concerned.
James O'Connell
54 Posted 06/03/2020 at 22:40:26
Great news. This lad got some shit when he was playing the lone striker, getting very little service and still leading the line. He will only get better under a top manager like Ancelotti and he deserves to wear the Number 9 shirt. A couple of decent signings and we are contenders again. COYB.
Peter Mills
55 Posted 06/03/2020 at 22:41:38
Mike #50, I don't know anything about this lad at Celtic.

However, English clubs signing strikers from Scotland has been an entertaining business throughout my lifetime. Some wonderful players have made the journey South, but there have also been quite a few disappointments.

Calvert-Lewin has always reminded me of the young Graeme Sharp. Let's hope he can match Sharpy's medal collection.

Scotland can be an unpredictable place. You should visit it again sometime!

Kevin Prytherch
56 Posted 06/03/2020 at 22:50:45
Can't believe this...

Holgate, and now Calvert-Lewin, plus a 1-year extension for Baines. Hello Championship.

Honestly - what are we likely to win by giving inflated contracts to Championship standard players? We should have binned these 2 at 19 years old when it was obvious they wouldn't make it.

I blame Unsworth and Kenwright. They both obviously convinced Kenwright that they were true Evertonions and they could join Uncle Bill's Boys Pen. As for Unsworth, he obviously prioritised U23 league success when he had them both a couple of years ago. He should have left them and played a load of 17-year-olds. We'll never get anyone progressing by playing 20-year-olds.

Steve Shave
57 Posted 06/03/2020 at 23:02:20
Kevin (56) it may be the beer talking and I have completely missed the irony in your post (and forgive me if I have) but, if I haven't, that might be one of the most negative, pointless posts I've ever read.
Jay Wood

58 Posted 06/03/2020 at 23:11:12
Chill, Steve.

For sure Kevin's post is a parody with lashings and lashings of irony.

David Pearl
59 Posted 06/03/2020 at 23:19:50
Mike G.

Not long back in the UK myself, Just wondering how you're doing and if your wife is home safely? Hope all is well.

Tom Bowers
60 Posted 06/03/2020 at 23:23:32
Good for Dominic. Thirteen goals in the Premier League is nothing to be sneezed at. He has shown great improvement since Xmas and, although he will never be Alan Shearer, he can become a really good target man under Carlo if he isn't already.

However, with Tosun now crocked and Niasse seemingly never in favour, it is vital another class striker is procured if this team are to progress next season.

Mike Gaynes
61 Posted 06/03/2020 at 23:27:25
David #59, wife and family still locked down at home in Wuhan, probably until the end of March at the earliest. But nobody's got the virus.

Thanks for asking.

Steve Shave
62 Posted 06/03/2020 at 23:35:45
Kevin (56) I've re-read your post and I have altered my stance. your sense of humour is clearly drier than a ship's biscuit, humble apologies.
Mark Boullé
63 Posted 06/03/2020 at 00:02:22
Fantastic news, I've been so impressed by the way Calvert-Lewin has come on, particularly in the last couple of months with Richarlison alongside him.

In other news, what's the betting Everton end up having to play the Goodison derby behind closed doors due to Coronavirus measures, removing a massive factor in us hopefully finally, finally getting a win over the shite...?!

Lloyd Brodrick
64 Posted 07/03/2020 at 00:42:50
A real possibility now. Imagine finally getting that win and nobody there to witness it.
David Pearl
65 Posted 07/03/2020 at 02:00:11
Glad they are okay, Mike.

Funny what life throws us. I cut my trip early after breaking a small bone in my foot. Hobbled by a goat.

Steve Brown
66 Posted 07/03/2020 at 02:19:06
Iwobi is 23 years old! Let's not go down the same path as we did before with Calvert-Lewin and Holgate of impatience and criticism. We could have ruined them both as players and lost them before they'd really got started. Delighted we didn't.

If we show patience with young players with potential, they will eventually come good. Let's get off Iwobi's back – same with Tom Davies.

Dan Murphy
67 Posted 07/03/2020 at 02:38:59
Re strikers from Scotland: for every Andy Gray there's been a Charlie Nicholas. As for Edouarde, he's awesome but no can do until the end of the 20-21 season. The lad has important business tae finish in Glasgae
Ernie Baywood
68 Posted 07/03/2020 at 02:59:12
If these two can really turn into consistent performers, I think they'd be the most satisfying first-teamers I can think of.

We'd obviously prefer to bring through local lads, but these two have faced similar issues to the locals that went before. Showed potential, written off by some. The fact is, these two stuck with it when I'm sure they had chances to get out.

Calvert-Lewin has worked his plums off for us. He's been in all sorts of positions, been given some thankless jobs to do, and just kept on coming back for more.

There's plenty to improve on for him, and I still feel his goalscoring record at the moment has a huge slice of luck about it, but he's more than earned that bit of luck.

Now let's see what happens when he goes a few games without a goal. Will he get patience? I hope so, there's just something about his attitude that I think is top class.

John Boon
69 Posted 07/03/2020 at 05:03:35
Steve 66 Spot on. Young players in particular need confidence. As well as the veterans such as Baines we have a number of younger players who need support and guidance in order to reach their full potential.

John 13, So it is not just Everton that we have in common. I also have been pleasantly amazed at what The Beatles became. I did see them at the Cavern but I only gave them a year. Actually I was disappointed at the time because none of them were footie fans. In my miind, there was something wrong with someone who didn't care about football.

Looking forward to meeting up with John when we fly home for the derby. See you at the Central at 12:00 noon on St Paddy's Day. Hope for a win the day before. CYOB

Mike Gaynes
70 Posted 07/03/2020 at 05:38:31
David... a goat?

I gotta hear that story.

John Cook
71 Posted 07/03/2020 at 05:39:26
John Boon, great comments above. I certainly hope you will be allowed to go to the derby as, according to the press, the panic merchants and cock-up crowd at the FA are considering banning all of us over a certain age attending future games. I wonder will that include all directors too?
Derek Knox
72 Posted 07/03/2020 at 05:56:49
John @69, I am getting a bit confused about the meeting. When you come to Liverpool, are you going to the Central at 12:00 the day before the derby or is it the day after?

Getting hopeless with days and times these days... I had it in my head it was the Saturday or the Sunday! I do intend to go over to Liverpool to meet you and some of the others I know from the TW Get-Togethers.

Tony Abrahams
73 Posted 07/03/2020 at 07:54:06
John must be thinking of going out straight from the derby, Derek, and celebrating for a good couple of days!

One thing Everton must do is sign another centre-forward, and if this young kid from Celtic is good – take him.

I'd have sooner got the other one who used to play for Fulham, Dembele, because he always looked like a top player. This has got to be what we are after now, top players, and definitely another forward, considering we now play two up-front!!

Liam Mogan
74 Posted 07/03/2020 at 08:13:07
The comparison with Sharp is a fair one. He has a similar ability to back into defenders and hang in the air. He also scores scruffy goals like Sharpy did.

He doesn't have the same ability to strike the ball or nastiness though. However, Calvert-Lewin does have more speed and a natural physicality. Like Sharp, he may fluctuate between prolific and less prolific seasons.

But his progress has been impressive and linked to three things. The more aggressive and quicker style of play, the confidence Dunc and then Carlo have in him, and the order to play within the width of the box. A potential gem.

Ray Roche
75 Posted 07/03/2020 at 08:36:42
Mike @70

I hope “hobbled by a goat” isn't a euphemism for something... er, unsavoury.

Rob Hooton
76 Posted 07/03/2020 at 09:15:08
Glad to see Dom get a new contract, he deserves it. He has a great attitude and has worked his socks off. I love the way he plays with a smile on his face – he also has a little of the devil in him too which is good to see.

After all the money spent, it's good to see that the buys from the ‘bargain bin' a few years back are bearing fruit. Let's hope he keeps developing; he admits there is lots to do and he is under the right stewardship. He could well hit 20 goals this season, the key is to maintain this.

I also had a dream that he scores 2 tomorrow and then Kean comes on to get a late winner to make it 3-2. We also missed a penalty. I might have a rare bet on it!

Ajay Gopal
77 Posted 07/03/2020 at 09:19:59
Ha.. ha.. John McFarlane (13), I hope your next 2 predictions are 'Everton will never win the league" and "Tom Davies and Beni Baningime will never make it at Everton"! :-)
Tony Everan
78 Posted 07/03/2020 at 09:56:21
The loose 4-4-2, with the pairing of Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison up-front has been a roaring success – for those two lads, for Duncan, for Carlo and the whole team.

Defenders just don't know how to contain them two. Between them, they have it all: athletes, physical strength, decent touch, speed, aerial ability, desire, and still very young. The combination cannot be coped with, and would anyone bet their house on at least one of them not scoring in every single game?

If Carlo can make us a 'lean mean Italian defensive machine' by one or two strategic quality signings, we will have one of the most dangerous teams in the Premier League for the foreseeable future. Because, if we can keep it tight defensively there is always one or two goals for us each game.

At last, 'top 4 challenge' can be mentioned without it just being a pipe dream.

Colin Hughes
79 Posted 07/03/2020 at 10:09:15
Everton yet again showing that mediocrity is acceptable by dishing out new contracts to average middle-table players. We don't win at the top grounds because we have no match winners in the squad.

Why didn't Calvert-Lewin shine at Anfield against Liverpool's kids? Why have only five teams conceded more goals than an Everton defence that includes Mason Holgate? They are not good enough and wouldn't get into the first eleven of the top sides.

We will be 13th in the Premier League after today's games and out of all cups by early January, yet we reward players for that.

Simon Smith
80 Posted 07/03/2020 at 11:36:11
Bad day, Colin??


Geoff Lambert
81 Posted 07/03/2020 at 11:39:53
Bumper pay-day for doing the job he is paid to do for a few weeks. Works hard and tries hard but not the natural top striker we need to take us forward.

Are some people on here actually talking about him becoming an Everton great?? Not in my lifetime.

Duncan McDine
82 Posted 07/03/2020 at 11:50:15
It's funny to read some of the comments on here. It doesn't really matter if you or I think he's good enough to be our Number 9 for the foreseeable future. Signing him up for 5 years (along with Mason Holgate) means we won't have our pants pulled down like we did when young Ross decided he was too good for us. It's just sensible business.
Jerome Shields
83 Posted 07/03/2020 at 11:53:06
Calvert-Lewin has to become more clinical with his finishing, if he is to move to the next level.
Brian Harrison
84 Posted 07/03/2020 at 12:05:01
So that's Richarlison, Holgate and now Calvert-Lewin tied down on long contracts. Now that doesn't guarantee that all 3 will still be here in 3 years time, but it puts the club in charge of what happens to these players. I think this shows how we hope to move forward as a club, investing long-term in our talented youngsters.

I would hope that, in the summer we can bring in a couple of top-class midfield players, and hopefully move on some of our deadwood, although that will take all of Brands's skills to achieve this.

Jamie Evans
85 Posted 07/03/2020 at 12:06:31
I'm really happy both Calvert-Lewin and Holgate have signed new contracts.

Comparing to Stones and Lukaku – who have probably peaked at a younger age – I think Calvert-Lewin and Holgate can go on to be better players than both over the next 5 years of their respective careers. Both hungrier, seem more humble, and work harder on the pitch.

Glad we have them both and good luck to them

Rob Halligan
86 Posted 07/03/2020 at 12:36:40
Ah well, Dominic and Mason, you might as well fuck off because quite clearly, according to the "so-called" experts on here, you are not deemed good enough or have the potential to achieve things at Everton FC.

Oh wait, hang on a minute... Dominic and Mason, you might as well stay because your manager, one of the most respected and successful managers in world football, a manager who has forgotten more about football than some on here will ever know, thinks you have the potential to achieve things at Everton FC.

I know who I would trust here, and it's not the "so-called" experts on TW.

Geoff Lambert
87 Posted 07/03/2020 at 12:49:24
It's an opinion, Rob, The guy would not get near any of the top 7 clubs' first-team squads. Again, my opinion; if you don't like it, jog on.

Too many happy clappers on here that settle for mediocrity, that's why we have a small-club mentality.

Mike Doyle
88 Posted 07/03/2020 at 13:04:46
Rob [86], good point. Most of us would have Gana back in a heartbeat – the same player we signed from a relegated club.

Sadio Mane's best season for Southampton yielded 11 goals (less than Calvert-Lewin has so far this term). The same club conceded plenty of goals with Van Dijk in their defence. It didn't stop Liverpool's recruitment team shelling out over 𧴜m for the two of them, and they look quite good, I think.

Happy to concede that there are better judges of professional players than me – and I strongly suspect that Carlo is one of them.

Robert Tressell
89 Posted 07/03/2020 at 13:17:39
Geoff, I like Calvert-Lewin a lot. I also recognise he's some way off elite strikers like Aguero, Lewandowski etc. I think most of us do. However, he continues to score, work hard, improve and find new levels.

Better strikers who we can afford and who would be prepared to join us? I'm a stats and transfer nerd and I'm struggling to think of any. Look at how much you have to pay for crap like Tosun and Joelinton and Batshuayi.

For the time being, we're better focussing on the real areas of weakness within the side. Calvert-Lewin is not one of the weaknesses. He's a strength.

Jay Wood

90 Posted 07/03/2020 at 13:25:08
Rob @ 86.

Seen these stories on the club site, Carlo's thoughts on Mason and Dom?

'Dominic can become one fo the best strikers in Europe.'


'Mason can go all the way and is a potential future Everton captain'


Like you Rob, for some reason I give more weight to Carlo's assessment of the two players than some on here. I wonder why..?

Geoff Lambert
91 Posted 07/03/2020 at 13:42:14
Maybe we should change our motto to:

Et elocutione modica sufice.

Steve Brown
92 Posted 07/03/2020 at 13:47:28
Geoff @ 87, so you know what quality looks like but the rest of us don't? It's you who needs to jog on.

Rob @ 86 is a fan who is widely respected on here; when he writes, people sit up and read it with interest.

Brian Williams
93 Posted 07/03/2020 at 13:48:26
Nah Geoff, this one's better:

Geoffrey est miseri tumulo caespitem


Geoff Lambert
94 Posted 07/03/2020 at 13:59:45
Clap on!!!!
David Greenwood
95 Posted 07/03/2020 at 13:59:46
Calvert-Lewin is the third-highest English scorer in Premier League this season but wouldn't get near a top seven side? What a lot of pish.

He's getting better every game. Fantastic work rate and attitude and must be a nightmare to play against.

Yes, he could do with more goals... but so could every player.

Geoff Lambert
96 Posted 07/03/2020 at 14:01:46
"Calvert-Lewin is the third-highest English scorer in Premier League this season."

Behind the likes of who, ffs???

Peter Mills
97 Posted 07/03/2020 at 14:02:50
Colin Harvey, Joe Royle, Kevin Ratcliffe, Graeme Sharp, Kevin Sheedy.

Just a few players I have heard described as “mediocre” (or far worse) by certain Evertonians.

Geoff Lambert
98 Posted 07/03/2020 at 14:07:11
Tammy Abraham, Danny Ings, Rashford.


Geoff Lambert
99 Posted 07/03/2020 at 14:14:20
Not by me, Peter, all Everton greats who I have had the privilege to watch with my own eyes.

I have also heard that Cadamarteri, Jeffers, Rodwell, Branch, McFadden etc were all going to be Everton Greats.

Stuart Sharp
100 Posted 07/03/2020 at 14:23:28
Jesus, guys. I'm as badly stung by the post-80s mediocrity (or worse) as anyone, but surely Calvert-Lewin and Holgate provide two reasons to be positive about the future?

With the exception of Rooney, I've never felt confident about predicting the future of any young player, and of course Calvert-Lewin isn't in the Aguero bracket... few are... but the improvement in his all-round game is amazing.

He's a much safer bet for next season than an expensive import from another league. I think defenders hate playing against him and don't see that changing.

Midfield is where we need to invest.

Darren Hind
101 Posted 07/03/2020 at 14:31:22
Funny to see people who have had their poor judgement well and truly exposed coming back 7-8 times to try to continue to argue their point.

The "Championship player" has had the shackles of stupid management removed and is impressing just about everyone. I say just about, because it must be really embarrassing for those who screamed for us to get rid to see him worth fifty times more than we paid for him.

Big Dunc gave him a chance to show what he can do. Ancelotti is continuing to develop him and has repeatedly expressed how highly he rates him.

If the club listened to the fools who wanted to get rid before he could realise his potential, they would now be watching some other club reap the rewards. They didn't listen then... Why on earth would anybody listen now?

David Greenwood
102 Posted 07/03/2020 at 14:33:37
Sounds like you're a bit bored, Geoff, decided to go on a fishing trip? It's always a slow day without football.

I'll play along!

Vardy and Ings are ahead of him. Not sure it matters who is ahead of him though?

It's a fact that I think your opinion is wrong – but that's just my opinion!

Peter Mills
103 Posted 07/03/2020 at 14:39:33
Geoff (#99), not having a go at you, your opinion is worth as much as mine.

However, of those you mention, I only thought Jack Rodwell had the potential to be top class. And I suspect once he got his big bucks from his transfer to Man City, it was “job done” for him.

I think Calvert-Lewin and Holgate have got something about them, a bit of fight, and they will continue to improve.

Rob Halligan
104 Posted 07/03/2020 at 14:50:34
Jamie Vardy. 17 goals (129 minutes / goal)
Aubameyang 17 goals (130 minutes / goal)
Salah 16 goals (140 minutes / goal)
Aguero 16 goals (84 minutes / goal)
Ings 15 goals (128 minutes / goal)
Mane 14 goals (149 minutes / goal)
Rashford 14 goals (134 minutes / goal)
Calvert-Lewin, Jiminez and Tammy Abraham all have 13 goals, but Calvert-Lewin has a better minutes / goal.

So, amazingly, Calvert-Lewin is only 4 (yes four) goals behind the current Premier League leading goalscorer. A chance, although highly unlikely, he could end up in the top three come the end of the season. FFS, Geoff, give the lad some credit.

Jay Evans
105 Posted 07/03/2020 at 14:51:21
No coincidence that young Dominic, Mason and Richarlison have all signed new deals.

These boys are our future and not just because of their obvious talents. All 3 of these lads are scrappers and have got some kahunas about them.

You watch the next time it kicks off during a game. Whilst some of our elder statesmen pick their noses and turn the other way, Dominic is right in the thick of things. Usually just behind our next Captain, Mason Holgate.

Run, run wherever you may be.

Rob Halligan
106 Posted 07/03/2020 at 14:54:21
Sorry, forgot to add that Calvert-Lewin scores a goal on average every 141 minutes.
Jamie Crowley
107 Posted 07/03/2020 at 14:56:32
Darren Hind -

Take a bow, sir. You've been calling this one for what? A couple of years?


I'd add that patience is needed for at least two more youngsters on top of the two we've signed this week: Moise Kean and Tom Davies.

Patience pays dividends. We've got two nailed down. Now let the other two come along at their pace, and we have a nucleus of youngsters that would scare the bajeezuz out of any opponent we face.

Jay Evans
108 Posted 07/03/2020 at 15:01:54
Darren Nostradamus Hind.

Take a bow indeed.

I look at Dominic's challenge on Luke Shaw last week, or before that against Man City on Fernandinho, and you can just tell our number 9 has a nasty side to him and that is fine by me.

Let's be honest, we probably haven't had a proper snide playing for us since Gareth Barry.

Keep up the good work, Dominic.

And Duncan.

Tony Everan
109 Posted 07/03/2020 at 15:09:06
The stats since Duncan paired him with Richarlison up front are what matter. and what Carlo has continued with. In that pairing, in the same number of games, his stats will be even better.

On top of that, he works like a Trojan for the team relentlessly, every single time he plays. The lad is consistent. Total quality.

The stubborn formations and tactics of Marco Silva should be scratched when looking at the stats. It wasn't playing to Calvert-Lewin's or Richarlison's strengths.

Patrick McFarlane
110 Posted 07/03/2020 at 15:26:54
Tony (#109),

Quite right praising Duncan for doing what was obvious to many of us; playing one up front is not suited to the current Everton players – or indeed its supporters.

Whether the recently re-signed youngsters will continue to improve and play consistently well over a full season is now in their own hands.

Carlo is probably the first manager we've had this century who actually believes in his squad and sets objectives that may not be achievable but I'd rather have that than the previous mantras of 'hoping we do something' rather than 'we are able to do something'.

Ancellotti believes that, if he can add two or three quality players to his current squad, Everton can challenge for a Champions League berth next season.

Interestingly, Uefa is considering adapting its Financial Fair Play regulations:

President Aleksander Ceferin said Tuesday, as Manchester City take their fight to overturn a ban from the Champions League for breaching the rules to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

"It is too early to say how it will look in the future but we are thinking about it and we will probably have to adapt it," the Slovenian Ceferin said at a press conference after the UEFA Congress in Amsterdam.

"It was very successful as a system, there are almost no losses in European football any more, but now we will probably have to adapt to different times."

Let's hope that, for once, all of the cards fall into place before the start of next season.

Mike Benjamin
111 Posted 07/03/2020 at 15:28:46
Geoff, do you go to the games? Just wondering whether you are seeing all of Calvert-Lewin's contribution on and off the ball?
Robert Tressell
112 Posted 07/03/2020 at 15:31:58
Jay – I like this about the young lads Unsworth has brought on. Mason, Dom, Tom and Jonjoe all have balls. It used to drive me mad how Baines and Jagielka (great players both) used to take it lying down when decisions went against them.

All the successful clubs have 11 arseholes always on at the referee, always wearing down the opposition mentally. We need more arseholes at Everton.

Darren Hind
113 Posted 07/03/2020 at 15:38:14
To be honest, I didn't think Calvert-Lewin would become as good as he is. He has gone past my expectations. What I did know was that he was nowhere near as bad as some tried to make him out to be. Some of the criticism was incredibly ignorant.

Joe McMahon
114 Posted 07/03/2020 at 16:00:52
Patrick @110, I fully agree – Moyes ruined several strikers isolated with no support. James Beattie one of many. Only Lukaku and to an extent Yakubu could do this in our entire Premier League years.
Tony Abrahams
115 Posted 07/03/2020 at 16:03:07
That surprised me, Darren, just as it surprises me that Peter M didn't think Franny Jeffers had the potential to be really top class.

Football is great. I agree with Peter that everyone's opinion should always count the same, but it's easy to be dismissive, and it usually achieves nothing, especially when that criticism just consists of “He's fucking shite!”

They all have balls, that is a very, very valid point, Robert, especially because you need loads of hydrollics if you are a young kid trying to come through at Everton.

Geoff Lambert
116 Posted 07/03/2020 at 17:05:09
Mike 111

Yes, I go as much as work allows me to and I see a player with no composure whatsoever in front of goal, a player who does not glide past his man and slot it in the corner, a player who has never taken a ball down on the edge of the area and curled one into the top corner, a player who has managed to score a few this season yes, but I do not see the class I want at Everton.

Maybe I want the best and it looks like I am in the minority. And then we have the clairvoyance of others who have seen the rise to greatness of our new saviour...

John Boon
117 Posted 07/03/2020 at 17:13:43
Once again delighted to see Calvert-Lewin sign a new contract. He has come on in leaps and bounds.

As said by many supporters, we need to support our homegrown younger players. Calvert-Lewin and Holgate have demonstrated their loyalty in a cut-throat era.

For ToffeeWebbers. I am flying home from Canada with my son John Everton and my son-in-law for a winning derby. I will be meeting John McFarlane at the Central Hotel at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday March 17, hopefully to talk about our win. Should be interesting as we have only met through ToffeeWeb and never in person.

Tony Abrahams
118 Posted 07/03/2020 at 17:25:11
Some clairvoyant, whoever it was who predicted Carlo Ancelotti would end up at Everton!
Rob Dolby
119 Posted 07/03/2020 at 17:26:48
A good move by the club to secure long term arguably our most improved player.

Since Silva's departure, Calvert-Lewin looks a real threat. I thought at the end of last season he really stepped up his physical side, making life difficult for the opposition but wasn't scoring.

Playing alongside Richarlison, who is (in my opinion) our best player by some distance, has helped him out.

He needs to develop his finishing to be classed in the same bracket as Harry Kane but he is improving year on year.

Let's hope that either Kean steps up or another quality forward is found during the summer.

Mike Benjamin
120 Posted 07/03/2020 at 17:47:09
Geoff. Yep looks like you are in the minority. Only time will tell who is right but, for a lad who is only 22, we will have a few years yet to find out.
Geoff Lambert
121 Posted 07/03/2020 at 18:04:03
Well, Mike, you mean you don't want the best? I don't know many 23-year-old lads... but tell me this: If the FFP rules change and our other billionaire backer comes on board, who will our world-class manager have playing up-front? Calvert-Lewin? Not on your life.

ToffeeWeb will be buzzing about which players we will sign and how many trophies we will be able to buy. Stranger things have happened... so let's see how Man City get on with their court case.

Mike Benjamin
122 Posted 07/03/2020 at 18:52:10
A prediction, Geoff.

If Calvert-Lewin ever moves away, then it will be to one of the teams at the top — not one that is below us.

Gavin McGarvey
123 Posted 07/03/2020 at 19:31:07
Interesting to read some of the opinions on here regarding Calvert-Lewin. I for one certainly didn't want us to be relying on him as our main striker this season. That being said, I'm really pleased that he's shown that he's good enough for the Premier League which is no mean feat. I don't see the point in comparing him to Rodwell as being a striker is a more demanding position.

It's great that he's doing so well now, and I think, besides Ancelotti and Ferguson, that Silva deserves a bit of credit for giving him game time. It's not easy bringing through an English striker when you can buy someone from abroad at less risk to your own job as manager.

For those criticising him, or the investment in him, it's true that he can get better. The fact that all the top clubs are out for him now shows that it's beginning to look a lot more like he will. I think if you're honest with yourself, he could quite comfortably spend the rest of his career playing at a mid-level Premier League side, and the fans of whatever club that was would be more than happy with his performances.

Whilst it's good that we want the best for the club, I don't think that there's a club in the land that wouldn't have him in their squad. Also, it must be personally satisfying to Calvert-Lewin that we're spending a lot more time talking about him than we are about Moise Kean or whoever we are being linked with at the minute. If I was him, I'd probably be happier about that than the new deal. Not saying all strikers are selfish, but it doesn't hurt if they are a bit like that on the pitch.

Peter Mills
124 Posted 07/03/2020 at 20:13:22
Tony #115 – that's sharp. Franny Jeffers – you may have me there. He did look such a good young player alongside Kevin Campbell.
John G Davies
125 Posted 07/03/2020 at 20:18:31
Reward for a great season so far. Making great strides this kid. Only needed time to progress, signs were there he would be a player.
Tony Abrahams
126 Posted 07/03/2020 at 20:29:26
I thought Franny's movement was fantastic, Peter, and honestly don't think I've seen many better at playing off the shoulder of the last defender. He left too soon obviously, but more's the point, how did your second team get on today?
John McFarlane Snr
127 Posted 07/03/2020 at 20:57:29
Hi Derek [72] I've just logged on I've had a bit of a busy day, the original plan was to meet John Boon on Sunday 16th, he intends to attend an Under-23 game at Southport on Saturday 14th that wasn't suitable for me, and we arranged to meet on Tuesday 17th, which is just as well, because derby day is our 57th Wedding Anniversary, and my 'Young Lady' had plans for a family gathering, but all's well that ends well.

It would be great if you could attend the get together, and to tell the truth I think that John would be delighted if one or two more were able to attend.

Hi Ajay [77], I've learned from my 'Beatle's Debacle' I now travel to matches with hope rather than expectations, when it comes to predictions I regard myself as the most successful failure.

Hi Geoff [77] and various posts, I, along with many others] have made it quite clear that I don't, in your words, accept mediocrity, I endure it because I don't have any choice.

Hi John [aka] Patrick, 110], you appear to have mellowed a little, you are quite right to give credit to Duncan Ferguson for the part he has played in the resurgence of the team. It was not long ago that some on this site were ridiculing him, suggesting that rather than playing a part in the coaching duties, he was responsible for setting out the 'cones'. If you're available to attend the meeting at the Central Hotel, it would be nice to recall our times in the Everton Travel Club.

Hi John [117] I'm looking forward to meeting up with you, your son, and your son-in-law, I will e-mail you in the next couple of days.

Peter Mills
128 Posted 07/03/2020 at 21:06:54
Tony#126. It was a very hard-fought 1-0 win for the mighty Marine, which put them in the running for a place in the play-offs.

The wind was causing havoc around College Road, but a canny centre forward scored the only goal. I managed to have a chat with the ref about an offside decision, and with Marine's president. Plus a mate from 50 years ago. You don't get that at Goodison. Great afternoon.

Kase Chow
129 Posted 08/03/2020 at 00:59:09
Calvert-Lewin has come on a bunch. He's already impressed me more than I thought capable.

I'm still not sure that he is the answer. But I'm not sure we can attract whoever is the answer. Hence this represents excellent news as I believe Calvert-Lewin will continue to improve.

Well done, lad.

Mary Coleman
130 Posted 08/03/2020 at 05:53:41
Fantastic news about Calvert-Lewin, he really has come a long way.

I noticed he was talking very highly of Ferguson. How much work they had been doing together behind the scenes. Ferguson seems like he knows what he's doing in both coaching and management. Hopefully the good work will continue.

Well done, Dom.

Len Hawkins
131 Posted 08/03/2020 at 11:03:02
Ray #75,

I am not talking from experience here, perhaps someone from the Principality can confirm, it might be harder to get a goat's back legs in your wellies than a sheep. Just a thought.

Francis van Lierop
132 Posted 08/03/2020 at 13:14:05
Dom's play in the England youth team won me over.
He once scored a goal with an assist by Ademola Lookman, a real Everton goal of quality and beauty.
Alas, Lookman seemingly has other issues, he won't come good it appears, not at Leipzig either, as it now stands.
I've always been puzzled by Dom not breaking through properly. It's not by his lack of trying.
Possibly slightly mishandled by Marco Silva, possibly not being able to handle the pressure?
Whatever, he's improving this season, both Carlo and Dunc rate him. This must mean something, surely?
I for one am pleased with the new contract, well deserved, and let's hope he improves futher.

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