'I just don't see it' - Exclusive: Kevin Campbell sceptical of Everton move for Umtiti
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Kevin Campbell has suggested that Everton should avoid signing Barcelona’s Samuel Umititi after the defender was linked with a move to Goodison Park.
Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo linked the 27-year-old defender with a switch to Everton with the Frenchman’s time seemingly up at the Nou Camp.
Campbell believes that Umtiti’s poor injury record is a major issue for any potential transfer in the future.
Speaking to Goodison News, Campbell said, “I don’t know, he’s been struggling with injury. So I can’t really say. He’s not even fit so I just don’t see it happening until he proves his fitness if there was an interest.
“He’s a good player but he’s suffered with a lot of injuries so I think Everton need someone they can rely on.”
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Umtiti is yet to play for the Catalan giants this season as he is struggling with an injury but he only started 10 La Liga games for Barca in the last campaign which suggests he hasn’t been first choice for some time.
The last thing the Toffees need is another injury-prone defender on their books with Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne currently sidelined.
These injuries have majorly impacted Everton’s early season form as they lost to Leeds at home and drew away at Burnley without Digne and Coleman in the side.
Alex Iwobi, Tom Davies and Fabian Delph have filled in as wing-backs in the absence of both players but they have had little success replacing the quality that Coleman and Digne possess.
Umtiti is a quality player when he is fit and he has helped Barcelona win two La Liga and Copa del Rey titles in his time at the club.
But we can’t see Everton making a move for a player who is currently injured and is without recent experience of consistent first-team football despite his undeniable ability.
In other Everton news, Ben Godfrey shone again for the Toffees in last weekend’s draw at Turf Moor.