Dominic Calvert-Lewin today completes 10 years as a Sheffield United player armed with a glowing testimony from manager Nigel Clough, writes James Shield.
The midfielder, who made his senior debut during last weekend’s visit to Leyton Orient, entered the League One club’s youth system on 28th April 2005.
And Clough, who has monitored his progress since taking charge at Bramall Lane 18 months ago, told The Star that Calvert-Lewin possesses the attributed required to build a successful career in the professional game.
“Dom is great at holding the ball up,” he said. “He’s someone we’ve been very interested by for quite a while now.
“He’s a big lad who is good technically for the stage he’s at and he’s going to win headers against anybody. He’s got an incredible spring.
“Providing Dom continues to work hard and apply himself, which we are sure he will, then he should have a good future ahead of him.”
Calvert-Lewin, aged 18, stepped-off the bench during the second-half of a match which saw United secure their place in the end of season play-offs. Fellow Redtooth Academy graduate Louis Reed was an unused substitute as Clough’s side claimed the point they required to guarantee a top six finish entering Sunday’s final match of the season.
The decision to introduce Calvert-Lewin at such a pivotal stage of the contest underlines the faith Clough is prepared to invest in the youngster’s talents and, barring injury or illness, could be rewarded with another appearance against Chesterfield.
“Dom did well but we just wanted him to try and force the game a little more in the last five,” Clough said. “The same as the rest of the lads.
“But he’s learning and that will come. He’s got his new contract and hopefully that’s going to be the first of many for him. We want him to get many more appearances for us over the next few years.”
“It was a special day for Dom. He’ll remember it, I’m sure, for the rest of his life.
“We couldn’t remember if he’d had five minutes elsewhere before. But we asked if it was his debut and he told us, yes, it was.”