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Everton wonderkid claims his development is ahead of schedule

By Dominic Toner

Everton youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin revealed that he made his Premier League debut sooner than expected.

The 19-year-old was a used substitute in the club’s 2-1 victory against Arsenal on Tuesday and played 11 minutes of the league encounter.

Ashley Williams headed in a late winner to spark wild celebrations by the Everton fans and manager Ronald Koeman gave Calvert-Lewin his first taste of top flight football.

The young forward moved to Goodison Park in the summer from Sheffield United for £1.5million and linked straight up with David Unsworth’s Under-23s.

Calvert-Lewin has done enough to impress Koeman and admitted that he made his debut quicker than he thought he would.

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“I’ve made my Premier League debut perhaps a little bit quicker than I thought I would, so I made the right decision (in moving to Everton) clearly,” Calvert-Lewin, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.

Calvert-Lewin received a great reception from the home supporters and will hope to be involved in the matchday squad against Merseyside rivals Liverpool on Monday.

The striker has played twice for England’s Under-20s and is regarded as one of the emerging talents at Everton.

He has scored three goals in eight Under-23s appearances this season and is settling well at Goodison Park.

Koeman may be looking to use the teenager again in the future, with Romelu Lukaku and Enner Valencia the only recognised strikers available to him.

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