By Michael Brown

7th Dec, 2020 | 7:00am

Exclusive: Pundit drops big Everton January transfer claim amid full-back update

Carlo Ancelotti will need at least one more transfer window to turn Everton into a real force.

That is according to ex-Leeds United and Tottenham midfielder Michael Brown, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the transformation of Ancelotti’s side this season.

Brown is convinced the team has made big strides following an overhaul overseen by multiple title-winning boss Ancelotti.

He insisted the summer signings of the likes of James Rodriguez, Allan, Ben Godfrey and Abdoulaye Doucoure have all made a big difference to the side.

But he pointed out how the injuries to Lucas Digne, who has been ruled out for around three months, and Seamus Coleman have highlighted the need for further reinforcements starting in January.

Asked what needed to improve at Goodison Park, Brown told Football Insider: “Well, it was so exciting, wasn’t it, at the start of the season?

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“Now you’re looking at sort of full-back positions, what he can do in that area when he’s losing Lucas Digne, the midfield three look to have been sorted out.

“I just think he is probably another window away from really strengthening that squad – I mean to carry on, he’s strengthened it, it looks miles better, but you would just say another couple would probably make it so much better.

“I think the whole squad has probably got to contribute a little bit more, you’d probably expect, from a good start, now they’re losing games you wouldn’t have expected them to.”

Everton began the campaign in outstanding fashion by reeling off four consecutive wins and playing in a thrilling new attacking style.

They have subsequently stumbled and are ninth in the league table after 11 matches following Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Burnley.

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