By Michael Brown

13th Sep, 2020 | 8:00am

Exclusive: Top Pundit shares bold Everton claim as excitement builds

Michael Brown claims that finishing 10th in the Premier League this season is “not good enough” for Everton.

The former Leeds and Tottenham midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the Toffees have to be pushing for a European spot after splashing the cash in the transfer window.

Everton ended last season sitting 12th in the table – their lowest finish since the 2003/04 campaign.

Carlo Ancelotti has added the likes of James Rodriguez, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Allan to his squad during the off-season, while Morgan Schneiderlin has left and Leighton Baines has hung up his boots.

The Toffees sat 16th in the table when the Italian boss took charge back in December and managed to climb as high as ninth before an indifferent end to the campaign saw them slip out of the top ten.

Brown suggests that the new arrivals will have delivered a massive boost around Goodison Park and insists the club should be targeting seventh this campaign.

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Brown told Football Insider: “The excitement’s there but we’ve got to show caution, I’ve seen some people say the surprise team will be Everton but the expectations will be very, very high, especially when you spend that money.

“All day long, tenth will not be good enough for Everton. They’ve got to be in and around seventh.”

Everton kick off the new season with a visit to Tottenham, who finished sixth last term.

The Toffees’ first home game will see them welcome newly-promoted West Brom to Goodison Park.

In other Everton news, the Toffees have been tipped to green light some big-name exits.