Date: 29th August 2018 at 7:29pm
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In a reasonably indifferent campaign for the club last season, Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s ascension was unquestionably one of the most positive aspects. The 21-year-old saw his involvement increase significantly, as he amassed 44 appearances in all competitions for the club. Despite his impressive performances last season, he has been subjected to two substitute appearances so far. Will his involvement be significantly reduced this season?

During his inaugural season as an Everton player in the 2016-17 campaign, the former Sheffield United youth player made decent progress, registering 11 first-team appearances that included his first goal for the club. Despite his solid start to life as a Toffee, last season was far more significant as his involvement increased noticeably. In 44 appearances, the Englishman amassed a commendable total of eight goals.

Furthermore, his contributions in the league – one that has the status of being the most competitive division in world football – was particularly pleasing. In 32 Premier League games, Calvert-Lewin contributed towards 11 league goals, scoring four and providing seven assists.

Nonetheless, despite his impressive progress last season, it seems that his development could be stifled somewhat under the guidance of Marco Silva. One senses that the Portuguese manager doesn’t favour the 21-year-old, hence his restricted involvement so far.

The English starlet was an unused substitute in our 2-2 draw against Wolves, and he only amassed 21 minutes of play in his appearances against Bournemouth and Southampton. While he does start in our Carabao Cup clash against Rotherham tonight, it’s evident that given our summer signings, Calvert-Lewin has fallen behind in the pecking order.

Naturally, it’s a long and arduous season, and the situation can change very quickly, especially if we’re forced to deal with several injuries. At the age of 21,  the Englishman is blessed with great potential, and he has plenty of time to improve as a player. That said, for the immediate future at least, it seems that he’s out of contention to play in our starting eleven.

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