By Gabriel Agbonlahor

19th Feb, 2021 | 7:00am

Agbonlahor: I back Everton to elbow Tottenham aside to join 'Big Six' after big development

Everton will establish themselves as a permanent member of the Premier League elite ahead of Tottenham.

That is according to former Aston Villa man Gabby Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Everton’s planned Bramley Moore Dock Stadium was recommended for approval on Monday.

The 52,000-seater stadium could play host to Everton matches by 2024 should Liverpool city council green-light the plans on Tuesday, as it is expected they will.

Owen Farhad Moshiri has made no secret of his big plans for the club and has substantiated them by recruiting the likes of James Rodriguez on the pitch and Carlo Ancelotti in the dugout.

Agbonlahor is a huge fan of Everton’s ambition and backs them to go beyond Spurs, who opened their own state-of-the-art stadium in April 2019.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “I 100% do see them breaking into that Big Six, elite-level mould. I look at Spurs, I look at Everton and I back Everton to finish above Spurs and cement themselves ahead of them as a top-six side.

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“They’ve got the manager, now they’ve got the stadium, hopefully. You know, they’ve got brilliant players in the squad already and they are still wanting to improve.

“Ancelotti’s gone there and been able to improve the whole club, so I’m definitely a big fan of Everton and what they’re doing at the moment.”

Everton currently sit in 7th place in the Premier League, one point above Spurs in 9th.

The two sides met in the FA Cup last Wednesday, with Ancelotti getting the better of Jose Mourinho in a mind-bending 5-4 thriller.

In other news, a top pundit has compared and contrasted the differing management styles of Ancelotti and his assistant Duncan Ferguson.