Dominic Calvert-Lewin isn't worth £60m – Premier League strikers are worst for generation

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been valued at £60million by Everton with West Ham and Arsenal both being touted with a transfer – with the likes of Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku’s lack of goals proving striker crisis

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You know there’s a paucity of strikers on Planet Earth when a decent-but-hardly-prolific Dominic Calvert-Lewin is being touted as a £60million buy for West Ham.

Alan Shearer, Ian Wright, Les Ferdinand, Michael Owen, Andy Cole, Robbie Fowler, Teddy Sheringham and me all played in an era in which strikers had to score 25 goals in a season just to get into an England squad, never mind to be touted for a big-money move.

But these days it seems you can be a £60m striker with a goalscoring record of one in four if a club thinks you could help them get into Europe.

And I’m not knocking Calvert-Lewin here but, in a sane market, the lad’s worth £15m at best.

I look at the Premier League these days and see the worst pool of centre-forwards we’ve had for a generation.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is wanted by West Ham and Arsenal


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Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku are the Premier League’s poster boys for the central-striking role but they’ve managed just five goals each in the first five months of the season.

Both have been affected by moves and failed moves in the summer, and if you take Kane in particular, look how much a little speculation and not getting what he wanted has knocked him out of his stride.

He and Lukaku have taken their eyes off the ball in a way that Shearer, who also had speculation to deal with during his career, never did.

I’ve said before — and been coated for it by Tottenham fans — that Kane doesn’t have the X-factor but surely people see now what I was getting at.

If you were to look back at the top goalscorers’ lists from the early 90s, there was an abundance of English talent mixed in with names such as Jurgen Klinsmann and Eric Cantona, top-flight legends, both.

But if you look at the top 25 right now, there’s only one English striker among them … and he doesn’t want to play international football anymore.

The advent of goalscoring wide men has obviously contributed greatly to the dearth of strikers.

Years ago, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, for example, would have played to the right or left of the front two and been encouraged to go outside their full-backs to put crosses into the box, which would have lessened their goal output.

Romelu Lukaku is part of a poor generation of Premier League strikers

But now they’re expected to come in side and dovetail with the bloke through the middle, scoring as many, if not more, goals.

At Manchester City, they’ve even got Jack Grealish playing the so-called false nine role.

Such a mercurial playmaker should never be receiving the ball with his back to goal but that’s exactly what I saw on Saturday at Southampton.

If we were to put any of the old names I’ve mentioned in an England shirt now we’d really have a good opportunity to win the World Cup this year but there’s always a piece missing.

We didn’t have right-backs for years, or left-backs, and then it was creative midfielders.

Now we’re producing several players in all positions apart from one and, glaringly, that’s centre-forward.

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