Dominic Calvert-Lewin could return for Everton against Newcastle United tonight, and that might interest the Toon owners.
The forward has had an injury-disrupted season, making just six Premier League appearances so far.
The Toffees’ number nine did briefly return in January, but missed Frank Lampard’s first game in charge. That was the 4-1 FA Cup triumph over Brentford on Saturday.
However, the new Everton boss has stated that Calvert-Lewin has trained and is in the squad for tonight’s game at St James’ Park.
He’s a player Newcastle must certainly be wary of. Despite only playing six Premier League games this season, he’s still netted three times. He also scored at St James’ Park last season in a 2-1 defeat.
The Magpies will need to keep the 24-year-old quiet, but perhaps the owners in the stands will be keeping a close eye on the England international.
PIF have been linked with bringing Calvert-Lewin to Newcastle
Shortly after the takeover went through, Newcastle were linked with Calvert-Lewin. According to the Telegraph, the new owners are keen admirers of the striker, who is ‘highly regarded’ by the recruitment staff at St James’ Park.
He was linked again shortly before the January transfer window closed. The Telegraph reported that the Magpies had discussed a move for Calvert-Lewin during their transfer summit in Saudi Arabia.
However, no move was forthcoming and he remained at Goodison Park. That was no surprise – it would have taken a huge price to secure his signature midway through the season.
But perhaps he’s a target Newcastle will look at seriously in the summer, especially with Callum Wilson’s latest injury blow.
The Magpies need a striker they can rely on, and Calvert-Lewin could fit the bill despite his own fitness woes this season.
Newcastle’s owners could get the chance to see him up close tonight, which might help them assess whether or not he’s the man to lead our attack next season.
Of course, we’d rather he has a quiet game and the Magpies pick up three points. However, it’s an interesting subplot to a huge game.