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Newcastle United Eyeing A Move For This Everton Striker: What Will He Add To Howe’s Side?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Sun mentioned that Newcastle United are eyeing a move for Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin. It has been claimed that the Magpies are showing interest in bringing the English forward to St. James’ Park this month.

Calvert-Lewin’s Poor Season In English Football

Calvert-Lewin has endured a frustrating campaign at the Merseyside club as he has struggled to be prolific for them in front of the opposition goal. The 25-year-old has been involved in ten matches for the Toffees this season, scoring one goal in the process across all competitions.

The English talent has failed to be consistent for Everton in the final third based on his average of 1.2 shots, 0.4 key passes and 0.8 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has struggled to be accurate when linking up play with others around him up top, based on his pass completion rate of 61.7% in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

His current contract is set to run out in the summer of 2025. However, the Toffees find themselves in the Premier League’s relegation zone at the moment and could be enticed to cash in on him so that they can raise funds for other incoming arrivals this month.

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What Will Calvert-Lewin Add To Newcastle United Head Coach Eddie Howe’s Side?

Calvert-Lewin can create space for himself to get a few strikes in at goal. He can be a decent finisher in the final third when he is playing regularly and with confidence on the pitch.

Standing at 1.89m, the English forward can use his strong frame to dominate the opposition defenders in the air and can use his body to hold possession up for his teammates on the attacking end of the pitch.

At 25, Calvert-Lewin is about to enter his prime which makes him a decent option for the Magpies to pursue this month. He is good enough to rival Chris Wood and Callum Wilson for a regular starting spot in Eddie Howe‘s first XI.

However, there are some concerns over Calvert-Lewin’s recent injury record. Still, if the Tyneside outfit are confident about their chances of getting the best out of the player, they should move in for him before the end of this ongoing transfer window.

Calvert-Lewin will undoubtedly add more firepower to Howe’s frontline at St. James’ Park and could help the Magpies secure a top-four spot in the Premier League later this year.

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