By Peter Lynch

26th Sep, 2023 | 11:10am

BBC pundit shares ‘really good piece of business’ verdict on new Everton striker Beto

Signing Beto in the summer transfer window was a “really good piece of business” by Everton, according to Chris Sutton.

The striker joined the Toffees from Serie A club Udinese on a four-year deal last month, as per the official Everton website (29 August).

The 25-year-old forward has made four appearances for the Merseyside outfit since his arrival, scoring on one occasion.

“Beto seems to be a really good piece of business,” Sutton said on The Monday Night Club on BBC 5 Live Sport (25 September). “And I suppose if you’re an Everton fan, you’re thinking now you have a more than solid replacement for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and then if Calvert-Lewin is fit, what will be interesting is if Sean Dyche plays them up together.

“Beto seems to be a smart piece of business. What he did at Udinese, who weren’t a team who necessarily dominated in Serie A, his goals to games ratio was was pretty good, and we can just see the early signs of him, he’s a good leader of the line, so it looks to be a decent piece of business.”

Good start

Everton definitely brought Beto to Goodison Park due to their goalscoring crisis, but the striker hasn’t exactly solved their issues in that regard.

However, it is of course very early days in his Toffees career, and more importantly he has impressed even without regularly finding the back of the net.

His sole goal has come in the EFL Cup against Doncaster Rovers, but the striker has put in determined shifts against Sheffield United, Arsenal and Brentford in the Premier League.

Moreover, the club had been relying on Calvert-Lewin’s goals and indeed mere presence in the final third for far too long.

As shown in the win against Brentford on Saturday (23 September), Sean Dyche now has the ability to bring his star striker off the bench to cause damage, with Calvert-Lewin netting just eight minutes after coming on as a substitute against the Bees.

As time progresses, Dyche may chop and change the duo, or even play them alongside each other, which could really excited supporters.

In other Everton news, a BBC pundit has gushed over an “outstanding” Toffees player in their victory against Brentford.