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21st Feb, 2017 | 4:24pm

Everton 19-year-old shares first-team plans

By Dominic Toner

Everton youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin wants to be back in the first-team picture by the end of the season.

The 19-year-old attacker completed a move to Goodison Park in the summer from Sheffield United and linked straight up with the club’s Under-23s side.

He managed to force his way into the first-team picture and make four senior appearances for the Toffees, with all of them coming in the Premier League.

However, he was forced off injured during his first Everton start against Southampton at the beginning of January.

Calvert-Lewin was ruled out for an initial two months with an ankle injury and the Merseyside club have been on a great run of form since.

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The striker is planning one breaking back into the first-team set-up by the end of the season and is likely to link up with the Under-23s in the meantime, who are on course to win the Premier League 2 title.

“I came in as an Under-23s squad player and things have moved on a little bit quicker than I thought they would, but I like to think I’m taking it in my stride,” Calvert-Lewin said, as quoted by the club’s official website. “I’m really enjoying it with the first team and, hopefully, I can get back there.

“We’re on a really good run. It’s going to be tough to break back into the first team – but that’s my goal for the end of the season.”

Calvert-Lewin managed to impress senior manager Ronald Koeman and was introduced into the senior squad.

He is an attack-minded player that can be used anywhere across the frontline and was deployed on the wing for the Toffees.

The England Under-20 international now faces a tough battle to get back into contention, with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Enner Valencia, Aaron Lennon, Kevin Mirallas and Ademola Lookman all ahead of him in the pecking order.

Calvert-Lewin has enjoyed a meteoric rise to Everton in the past 12 months, but is keen to continue his development into a Premier League regular.

In other Everton news, Ross Barkley has delivered his verdict on the club’s January signing.

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