Alan Hutton insists there would be uproar amongst Everton fans if the club sell Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the January transfer window.
However, the former Aston Villa defender has acknowledged that “something has to give” with Toffees boss Rafael Benitez having little money to spend since arriving at Goodison Park.
Everton were unable to invest heavily in the summer transfer window due to Financial Fair Play regulations, and Benitez recently revealed the club were hoping to sell some players next month to generate money to improve the squad.
However, Hutton fears the sale of any of the club’s top talent would cast an even darker cloud on what has been a disappointing season thus far for the Blues.
“I sit here from a fans’ point of view. Hutton told Football insider.
“If they were to sell Calvert-Lewin for £50million or more, I think the fans would just go crazy. I don’t think that’s going to help the situation
“They want to see a team that’s improving, moving forward under a manager who’s challenging for top-six places.
“That is probably where they think they should be after the money they’ve spent over the last four or five years.
“But they’re not. They’re nowhere near it. Something has to give. It really does, when you think about it.
“Whether it be a player moving on or getting out the deadwood, however you want to try and work it, something needs to change.”
Calvert-Lewin has been missing for most of the season after suffering a broken toe earlier in the campaign.
Last season the 24-year-old striker notched 21 goals in 39 appearances and his absence has contributed to an underwhelming season for the Toffees, who currently sit 12th in the Premier League table.
Howver, Everton were only able to spend £1.7 million in the summer due to the financial restrictions imposed upon them and will need to sell in order to allow Benitez to strengthen the squad he inherited.