Everton signed Dominic Calvert-Lewin from Sheffield United back in the summer of 2016.

According to Sky Sports, they paid Sheffield United £1.5 million for the striker, who spent the previous season on loan at Northampton.

Cut to 2020 and Calvert-Lewin is joint-top scorer in the Premier League, having developed into an all-round menace for defences.

Sky Sports put it to Everton academy director David Unsworth that he was key to signing the striker, and he explained why Chris Wilder let him leave Bramall Lane.

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“I still smile when you think about how we managed to prise him away from Sheffield United,” said Unsworth.

“It was all about timing. They were in League 1, got a new manager (Chris Wilder, who had managed Calvert-Lewin at Northampton the previous season). The thoughts of the manager at the time were that Dominic wasn’t going to play a big part.

“Chris went down the experienced route and he’s been proven to be very successful. We managed to get Dom into our Under 23s, he was a player I’d previously worked with and I’d always followed him.

“I watched him and I was absolutely delighted to be able to bring him to the club.”

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Calvert-Lewin has had to face plenty of doubters over whether he is good enough to lead the line for a club of Everton’s ambitions.

But he has emphatically shut them down this season and if he stays fit, looks set to net 20 Premier League goals in 2020/21.

If he maintains his form, there’s no reason Everton can’t challenge for the top four when the business end of the season rolls around.

For all the billions spent in the Premier League, Calvert-Lewin is a reminder that the right timing, and patience can produce a player capable of doing everything an eight-figure recruit can muster.

It seems to be a real source of pride for Unsworth and rightly so.

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