By Michael Brown

15th Dec, 2020 | 1:35pm

Pundit Exclusive: Ancelotti tipped to lure top striker to Everton after Calvert-Lewin reveal

Michael Brown has tipped Carlo Ancelotti to tempt a top striker to sign for Everton in the January transfer window.

The former Premier League midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the Toffees could do with another centre-forward after the Italian boss lifted the lid on his squad plans for over the festive period.

Speaking about the possibility of rotating his players over the festive period, Ancelotti revealed he planned to take Calvert-Lewin out of the starting XI and replace him with Cenk Tosun or Richarlison.

The Turkey international, who was shipped out on loan to Crystal Palace in January, has made just three substitute appearances totalling 32 minutes for Everton this season.

Brown has suggested a drop in form could see Calvert-Lewin remain in the side if the Toffees’ form does not improve and that there could be a new centre-forward on the way to Goodison Park next month.

Asked what he thought of Ancelotti’s plans to rotate strikers, Brown told Football Insider: Well, we’ll soon see who he picks, won’t we?

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“See if that’s the case and when he can pick him but if you don’t get results, you sometimes can change your viewpoint with regards to resting people, changing people when it’s not happening. 

Asked if a new centre-forward needed to be a priority in January. Brown said: “Could they do with another one? I think they could do with another striker, you can never have enough. That’s the general rule.

“I think you can find them a slot. I think with this manager, he can go find someone really good. I think there’s players who want to play for him and that’s the difference.”

Calvert-Lewin has netted 14 goals in as many games across all competitions this season, with 11 of those netted in the Premier League.

He has started every one of the Toffees’ top-flight fixtures so far and has played the full 90 minutes all but twice.

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