Speculation has been mounting surrounding Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s future at Everton, with a new update emerging that the striker intends to leave the club no matter the outcome of the season.
Football Insider reported yesterday that sources have revealed that Arsenal would be the player’s favoured choice this summer, and he will push for the move whether Everton are relegated from the Premier League or not at the end of this season.
With that being said, Frank Lampard can prepare for the worst without spending a penny by utilising a particular youngster in the squad that has been impressing over his time in the academy.
Lewis Dobbin has been impressive over his youth career so far and we’ve had glimpses of the young striker getting chances in the senior team at Goodison Park this season too.
The 19-year-old ace has scored five goals and contributed one assist in the Premier League 2 this season, as well as 30 minutes of game-time handed to him under Rafa Benitez featuring against Norwich City, Manchester United and Chelsea in the Premier League, and made his debut under the new manager in the FA Cup against Hull City.
One of the former Chelsea boss’s most notable attributes in his managerial career is the willingness and success in developing and offering young talent their chances to break into first-team football, with both Champions League winners and Euro 2020 finalists Mason Mount and Reece James both earning their debuts in the Premier League under his watchful eye.
With that being said, Lampard could unearth an absolute gem in Dobbin who has been hailed an “exciting talent” by journalist Patrick Boyland, and if Calvert-Lewin did depart in the summer it could be the golden opportunity for the youngster to grow into his position and follow in the footsteps of Anthony Gordon by becoming integral in the forward line.
Ultimately, the focus currently remains on the side securing Premier League football next season and although there will be big changes needed this summer there is unlikely to be any drastic changes or transfers discussed by the club until the fate is sealed after the remaining six games of the season.