Paul Merson has boldly claimed that reported Arsenal target Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be in the running to win the Premier League Golden Boot in the upcoming season.
The Telegraph claimed last month that Arsenal are keen to sign the Everton forward, while Dean Jones revealed last week that Calvert-Lewin’s name always ‘crops up’ when Mikel Arteta and Edu Gaspar are discussing transfer targets.
The 24-year-old is a very unlikely target for the Gunners this summer, but he’s a target nonetheless. He will surely cost an absolute fortune, but if Merson’s bold prediction comes true, he’d be worth the big bucks.
Paul Merson: Calvert-Lewin could win the PL Golden Boot
After claiming that Harry Kane and Mo Salah are the favourites to win the Premier League Golden Boot, Merson told Sportskeeda: “I always like to pick someone out of the ordinary, so I’m going to go for Dominic Calvert-Lewin to be in the running for the Premier League Golden Boot as well.
“He started the 2020-21 season in stunning style, but Everton didn’t play to his strengths in the second half of the season.
“Rafa (Benitez) will make sure Calvert-Lewin gets the service he requires and urge his wingers to put balls into the box. He’s going to play every week and could have an outside chance of winning the Premier League Golden Boot if he builds on what he achieved last season.”
The Insider’s View:
Calvert-Lewin, labelled as ‘really impressive‘ by Richarlison, started last season in magnificent fashion, scoring seven goals in his first five Premier League games. Many felt he could really challenge for the Golden Boot, but just five goals in the final four months of the league campaign cost him that chance.
That could change this term, especially if he joins Arsenal. The Gunners have nobody like Calvert-Lewin up front at the moment, and someone like him getting on the end of Kieran Tierney’s delightful crosses could change his and our club’s fortunes next term.
However, the chances of Arsenal signing Calvert-Lewin this summer are extremely slim, and there’s no point dreaming about this – unless Edu manages to pull off something incredible in the coming weeks.