Transfer expert Alex Crook appeared on the latest edition of TalkSPORT’s GameDay podcast to discuss all of the latest Premier League news, where he spent some time talking about Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has recently been discussed as a potential transfer target for both Manchester United and Manchester City.
This comes after Calvert-Lewin has enjoyed a positive start to the 2020/21 campaign. He scored at least one goal in each of the Toffees’ first five games of the Premier League season and ahead of 28th December’s games, the Englishman has scored more goals than all but one other player in the top flight and is on course to produce his best-ever Premier League season goal return.
However, after host Sam Matterface suggested that Manchester United should target Calvert-Lewin in the transfer market to boost their chances of winning the Premier League, Crook shared that while he thinks Calvert-Lewin is “an excellent player”, he doesn’t think he’s at the required level to lead the line for a title-winning side.
The journalist said: “I don’t think Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s good enough either, to win titles, to be honest. I think he’s an excellent player but not quite that level.”
Is Calvert-Lewin good enough to lead the line for a title challenger?
TIF Thoughts on what Crook had to say about Calvert-Lewin…
Perhaps it would be fair to say that the 23-year-old Everton man isn’t a very experienced goalscorer in the Premier League and as a result, it may be understandable why Crook is pessimistic about his supposed level.
This season is only the second Premier League campaign in which the £40.5m-rated man has hit double figures in terms of goals in the top flight, so perhaps it would be a bigger risk for Manchester United or Manchester City to target him to be their main striker than it would be for them to target a more proven top-level goalscorer.
However, if the England international can maintain his current performance levels for the remainder of the 2020/21 Premier League campaign, perhaps it would be difficult to argue that he should be playing for a club below the level of one aiming to challenge for the title, be that at Everton or elsewhere, as he has been one of the Premier League’s most prolific players in front of goal this term.
As he is under contract with the Toffees until the end of June 2025, however, perhaps Everton will effectively be able to name their price if a Premier League rival does want to make a move for him, and so perhaps, more proven options would be a better investment at that point.