Everton are fighting for the Premier League title – and Dominic Calvert-Lewin can’t afford to miss any potentially crucial heavyweight fixtures.

That is according to Michael Brown, former Manchester City, Spurs and Leeds midfielder, who was speaking exclusively with Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

Brown made his comments ahead of Everton’s now-postponed meeting with Manchester City, which was called off after a number of positive COVID-19 cases in Pep Guardiola’s camp.

But his words shed light on how seriously Everton are being taken by pundits and fans as title contenders this season thanks to their resurgence under the stewardship of Carlo Ancelotti.

Brown explained how 11-goal Dominic Calvert-Lewin was crucial to any hopes of an Everton assault on cross-city rivals Liverpool’s crown.

He told Football Insider: “Everton are back in and around it. It’s an exciting title race.

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“We’ve seen other teams step up towards the top of the league, we’ve seen Spurs, we’ve seen Villa and now Everton.

“So Calvert Lewin, you’d expect him at the top of the pitch for all their big games.

“It’s too big a risk for him to miss out.”

Had Carlo Ancelotti’s side got a result against Manchester City, they would have moved into 2nd place after Leicester City dropped points against Crystal Palace earlier in the day.

As per Everton’s official website, an alternative date for the postponed fixture is yet to be confirmed.

In other news, a former Premier League striker has said a £45million Everton man has suffered because of his price-tag but is now starting to come good.