By Michael Brown

6th Dec, 2020 | 8:00am

Exclusive: Pundit gutted by shattering new Everton blow to 'Great' player

Michael Brown has admitted he was gutted to see Fabian Delph forced off through injury for Everton against Burnley.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Tottenham midfielder has insisted the 20-cap international is exactly the sort of player Carlo Ancelotti will need to overcome the Toffees’ poor run of form.

The 31-year-old, who was brought into the starting XI for Tom Davies, lasted just under 30 minutes in Saturday’s 1-1 draw before he pulled up with a muscle injury and was replaced by Andre Gomes.

Everton fell behind at Turf Moor to a thunderous strike from Robbie Brady but Dominic Calvert-Lewin slid in to score an equaliser in first-half injury time.

The draw means Everton have won just once in their last seven league games, with four defeats under their belts.

Brown has bemoaned the loss of Delph to injury and admits things have not gone right for him at Goodison Park.

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Brown told Football Insider: “It’s a big shame for Delphy, he’s a great character around the place as well.

“I think, you’ll see if they lose a couple of results he’s the type of player you want all around it, so it’ll be a big loss for them.

“He’s not really got going as well as you would expect for runs in the team at Everton since he’s gone there.”

Delph has managed to make just 26 appearances for Everton since joining from Manchester City at the start of last season.

Saturday’s start was only his third of the season across all competitions, while he has played a total seven times.

In other Everton news, Toffees 23-year-old said to be in agent talks over 2021 transfer.