'Taking a risk' - Exclusive: Top pundit reacts to Everton-Calvert-Lewin reveal
Michael Brown insists Everton took a risk signing Dominic Calvert-Lewin from Sheffield United despite David Unsworth calling the deal a “bargain”.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Premier League midfielder admits the Toffees’ raid looks like “great business” after the striker’s dazzling start to the new season.
Speaking to Sky Sports, under-23s boss Unsworth revealed that Everton paid “a lot less” than the reported £1.5million figure to sign the 23-year-old from the Blades as a teenager back in 2016.
Calvert-Lewin had scored 32 goals in 134 appearances prior to the start of the new season but has already netted 10 times in seven games this term.
Brown has applauded Everton for managing to poach the hitman from Chris Wilder’s side but insists they were still taking a chance regardless of the fee.
Brown told Football Insider: “I think if you look, it’s been documented that Sheffield United didn’t want to let him go, things were moving on and Everton came in and got him.
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“Unsworth knows all about him, Chris Wilder said some nice things about him last week, he’s had a good couple of weeks.
“It’s good business, as many years as a young player it looks great business now but you’re still taking a risk with these young players when you’re talking £1million – not so much now but when Calvert-Lewin’s deal was going through, that was different.”
Calvert-Lewin has scored in all five of Everton’s Premier League games this term, including a hat-trick against West Brom.
He also found the back of the net against Wales in what was his first of three appearances for England.
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