Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin has signed a new five-year contract after successfully breaking into the first-team at Goodison Park under Ronald Koeman. The 20-year-old has made 10 Premier League appearances for the Toffees this season, scoring once, and is one of a host of bright young starlets that Koeman has rewarded with game-time this season.
Calvert-Lewin joined Everton from Sheffield United last summer in a deal worth £1.5m and, while his preferred position is centre forward, he has had to operate out wide in recent weeks for the Blues.
Despite being shoehorned out wide, the England youth international is delighted at getting a taste of Premier League action and is hoping to continue improving under the tutelage of Koeman, who has also utilised other Everton starlets such as Mason Holgate, Ademola Lookman and Tom Davies.
"I hadn't expected things to move as fast as they have and to have played against the teams I have done, so I'm very grateful for that and I'm working hard every day to improve," Calvert-Lewin told Everton's official website. "I'm learning every day in training and in the games, so I can't ask for much more.
"It only feels like yesterday when I was signing for Everton, so to be here now is a great feeling. My leap into the first-team was a bit quicker than expected and I've played a few games now. I came in with the Under-23s initially and I'm now really enjoying being part of the first-team squad.
"Around Christmas I got my chance with the first-team, got on the bench and made my debut. It's taken off from there and I've tried to take it in my stride day-by-day. I'm really grateful for the opportunities I've had since joining the Club and I'm really looking forward to continuing my development as a player here."
Calvert-Lewin started Everton 3-0 home defeat by Chelsea on Sunday (30 April) and will be hoping for a more positive result on the weekend when the Toffees travel to face relegation-threatened Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.