Dominic Calvert-Lewin is not ready to join a Champions League side and will likely stay at Everton regardless of the identity of the new manager, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England forward insisted the striker still needs to improve his finishing and first touch before making the step up.
The 23-year-old is currently on international duty with England and told L’Equipe he has ambitions to play in the Champions League but “for now, I’m happy at Everton”.
The Toffees have been managerless since Carlo Ancelotti quit the club for Real Madrid at the beginning of June.
Football Insider revealed yesterday (June 8) discussions with Nuno Espirito Santo hit a stumbling block over the size of his backroom staff.
This site understands as of today Bill Kenwright has made an informal approach to David Moyes ,who is interested in the job despite being happy at West Ham.’
It remains to be seen whether they revive their talks with Nuno.
Asked for his assessment of Calvert-Lewin’s comments, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “If you look at Calvert-Lewin though I’m not sure a Champions League team in the Premier League would take him.
“As much as he wants to play Champions League football, I don’t see Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea or Liverpool signing Calvert-Lewin, to be honest.
“He’s done really well at Everton but he’s still got a lot of improving to do. Especially with his finishing and his first touch.
“Some players can be too quick to say they want to play Champions League football. They’ve got to wait and keep performing.
“At the moment, I wouldn’t say Calvert-Lewin’s Champions League quality.”