By Elliott Cuff

22nd May, 2021 | 11:05am

Kevin Campbell refuses to consider Everton season a failure without Europe

We’re delighted to welcome former Everton striker Kevin Campbell as our exclusive columnist. Each week the former Toffees captain will be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Goodison Park…

Kevin Campbell refuses to believe that not qualifying for Europe this season should be consider a failure for Everton.

The Blues have been highly inconsistent in the Premier League over the past few months, with disappointing results against Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Sheffield United making their chances of qualifying for Europe much harder.

The Toffees still have a slim chance, however they will need to get a result against crowned Premier League champions and upcoming Champions League finalists Manchester City in order to possibly qualify.

Speaking exclusively to Goodison News, Campbell explained that Everton’s lack of quality and depth lessens the negativity that would accompany failure to qualify for Europe.

When asked whether the season would be considered a failure, Campbell said: “I think I’ve said this earlier on in the season, it would be disappointing but I don’t see it as a failure.

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“This squad for me isn’t strong enough, and I’ve seen Everton get into Europe previously and struggle and leave. They’ve struggled to get into Europe, struggled in Europe and struggled to have a season because the resources get threaded thin and the squad isn’t strong enough.

“They’ve got to strengthen that squad so much, Everton need five or six players. If they need five or six players that’s virtually 50% of the team, and when you look at it like that and with them wanting to qualify for Europe, I’m looking at it and saying there’s a lot of work to be done.

“They started well admittedly, but the Premier League is a long season.”

Should Everton fail to qualify for Europe, the club can still consider their progression this season to be a success.

The Blues have more points this season than in five of their last six seasons, and improvements have been visible for all to see on the pitch.

Ancelotti still has work to do to continue building and improving his squad with the aim of qualifying for Europe next season.

In other Everton news, Blues hit with huge injury blow ahead of clash v Man City.

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