May 13, 2021

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Ferdinand sees Calvert-Lewin as Haaland and Kane alternative for Man United

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Rio Ferdinand has urged Manchester United to consider Dominic Calvert-Lewin as a potential transfer option.

The Everton striker has blossomed into a regular Premier League goalscorer this season, netting 19 goals in all competitions for the Toffees.

It has led to the 24-year-old playing back-up to Harry Kane for England and Ferdinand believes the former Sheffield United youngster could make a viable transfer alternative to Kane and Erling Haaland for United.

Speaking on his Vibe with Five podcast, Ferdinand said he has been impressed at how Calvert-Lewin has clearly tried to improve his game.

“Listen, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, for me I love him,” he said.


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“I’ve watched a lot of Everton this year and he’s one that unnerves defenders. He’s not one you want to play against week in, week out. He’s aggressive, he attacks the ball.

“I was speaking to Carlo Ancelotti earlier this year and he mentioned Inzaghi and said he didn’t need many chances to score goals and he scores goals in and around the six-yard box.

“I look at Calvert-Lewin this season and he’s listened to that, he’s taken that on board. Obviously he seems a real good student of the game and he’s started putting that into his own game.

“We’ve seen the rewards he’s had – he’s got into the England squad by scoring loads of goals in and around the six-yard box, scoring those ugly goals.”

He added: “I think he’d be a fantastic signing for Manchester United. It’s one out of left field a little bit but I think he’d have a big impact.

“He’d get on the end of the things created by Fernandes, Pogba, Rashford, Greenwood etc.

“It’s whether Ole sees that as something that is feasible but also am I not going to get the likes of Haaland or Kane?

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“If either of those come up they’ll be first choice as long as the money is not crazy and it’s doable.

“You’re getting two players who have done it on the biggest stage in the Champions League, they’ve scored goals at the top level and know how to do it, so they have that little edge on Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who is in his first real season where you’re thinking ‘actually, I can see he’s a top player’.

“I like him a lot – if he signed for Man United, I wouldn’t be sitting there thinking ‘oh no, what have we done’, I’d be rubbing my hands together thinking he’ll get goals.”

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