England international Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been making headlines recently for the right reasons. He had formerly sparked interest from Manchester United during the summer transfer window, with the rumors of an £80 million price tag being slapped on the forward.
ow, Former Everton defender David Unsworth took to the media to confirm that the red-hot forward was signed to Goodison Park for a fee much less than £1.5 million in the summer of 2016. This fee could be said to be the Goodison Park investment in the young English talent.
This investment has finally paid off for the Merseyside club as the Sheffield-born striker is currently displaying his complete prowess this season.
Being in a red-hot form, the 23-year-old striker has scored 10 goals for Everton this 2020/21 campaign, helping the club become the early leaders in the English Top Flight and also earning himself a call-up to their England senior team.
Having had an outstanding start to the season, several European scouts are now being reported to be keeping a close eye on the English striker, with Manchester United said to be one of the many interesting clubs.
Everton, however, are not interested in selling or parting ways with the striker. But should they wish to sell Calvert-Lewin, a player they bought for so little price, the amount of profit the Merseyside club will have in hand can be imagined, and for choosing a btts bet however, provides impressive odds for the club’s fans as they predict what their next transfer signing will be or the player to find the back of the net in their next match.
Head of Toffees’ Academy and their former center-back Unsworth, who helped bring in Dominic Calvert-Lewin to Goodison Park, spoke to Sky Sports about the £1.5 million deal in 2016, he said: “I can assure you it was nowhere near the amount of money that people bandied about! I won’t say the exact fee but it was a lot less than what you just quoted.
“I still smile when I think about how we managed to prise him away. It was all about timing and Sheffield United were in League One and had just got a new manager. Dominic wasn’t going to play a big part in trying to get them out of League One. Chris [Wilder] decided to go down the experience route and has proven to be very successful.
“We managed to get Dom into our Under 23s at the time, and he’s a player I’d worked with previously during my time as a coach at Sheffield United as a 16-year-old. I’d always followed him and tried to plot his journey when he went on two loan periods [at Stalybridge Celtic and Northampton Town].
“I watched him and I was absolutely delighted to bring him to the club. It was a fantastic signing for us, and he is now producing the sorts of displays and playing as well as we could ever have imagined when he was a young player. He’s outstanding and has been a brilliant signing for us.”
“We felt it was a bargain. We felt that we’d signed a quality player, but it’s easy now to sit here and say, ‘we knew he would play in our first team’. At the time, he had all the tools to potentially be a first-team player.
“But Dominic has gone on and done brilliantly to jump over every hurdle he’s come across and taken every opportunity that’s come his way.
“He’s just gone from strength to strength. He’s an outstanding player, an outstanding young man, and we’re all incredibly proud of him at Everton.”
The 23-year-old has been impressive for the Carlo Ancelotti team have been able to find the back of seven times in five Premier League games this season. He also bagged three goals from two Carabao Cup matches.
Everton have gone unbeaten in their five opening Premier League games this season, they will be returning to league action on Sunday as they will be traveling to St Mary’s Stadium to battle Southampton for three points.