If Dominic Calvert-Lewin scores one more goal this season, he will join a very elite club at Goodison Park.
In the Premier League era, only two Everton players have scored more than 20 goals in a single campaign across all competitions.
For all of you trivia experts out there, you’ll be able to name Romelu Lukaku and Yakubu as the lucky individuals to manage such an accomplishment.
Lukaku managed to rack up more than 20 strikes in three consecutive campaigns but not since 2017 have the Toffees had a consistent scorer.
Calvert-Lewin finished last term as their top marksman with 15 but this season he has played like a man possessed.
Signed for just £1.5m from Sheffield United in 2016, he spent his first campaign in the shadows of Lukaku.
After the Belgian powerhouse departed, he has been afforded plenty of opportunities but Marco Silva struggled to ever get the best out of the forward.
He scored 16 goals across the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons but he’s come alive under Carlo Ancelotti.
The Italian has extracted unprecedented levels from Calvert-Lewin and has helped him reach a level in his game that he probably never thought he had.
The 24-year-old has bagged 19 times this term and as a result, has seen his value rise astronomically.
He is now worth £40.5m according to Transfermarkt, a rise of £39m from when he signed five years ago. It is also an increase of £13.5m from what he was valued at just 13 months ago.
It has been quite the journey for Calvert-Lewin over the past year but it’s easy to summarise why he’s valued so highly.
The striker scores goals on a regular basis and is now a regular in the England set-up. Such is his wonderful campaign that he’s also found the net on four occasions in seven outings for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions.
He may have to usurp Harry Kane in order to become England’s main striker but the £72k-per-week earner is surely a shoo-in for a place at this summer’s European Championships.
A physical forward, Calvert-Lewin knows how to stretch defences while he can also come short and hold the ball up. The forward is also a mesmeric sight in the air, rising like a salmon to emphatically head home.
In the words of his teammate Richarlison, he is the “complete striker.”
In an interview with FIFA (via talkSPORT), the Brazilian said: “I remember when I got here he was nothing like the player he is today.
“It’s down to the work he’s put in. He’s in the gym every day, he’s always working on his finishing. And playing under [Carlo] Ancelotti he’ll keep getting better and better.”
Richarlison added: “He’s had a superb start to the season and without doubt deserved his England call-up. He must be a nightmare to play against and he has an incredible leap on him like Cristiano Ronaldo.”
To be compared to a player like that sums up how far Calvert-Lewin has come in the last few years. He’s not quite an elite striker yet but he is very quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with.