Kevin Campbell: Everton should go for Dumfries ahead of Diogo Dalot
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Kevin Campbell has urged Everton to sign the Netherlands international right-back Denzel Dumfries ahead of his Manchester United counterpart Diogo Dalot.
According to The Athletic, the Toffees are still very much keen on the 22-year-old Portuguese who was on Carlo Ancelotti’s shortlist last summer.
They are also keeping tabs on Dumfries, 25, [Rik Elfrink] with a new right-back a top priority ahead of the new season.
Campbell was left impressed after watching the PSV ace shine at the Euros, and he believes he would be a solid addition to the Everton backline.
Speaking exclusively to Goodison News, Campbell said: “I’m not too sure about Dalot. I like Dumfries, I like him. I think Dalot…he’s got good attributes, but I’ve not seen enough of him to say. It’s a big shoe to come in and challenge Seamus Coleman.
“You need some who’s got that energy and that aggressiveness, and I’ve not seen enough of Dalot to say he is a great player. I’m sure he’s a good player but I’ve not seen enough of him.
“Dumfries, I’ve seen him and I watched him closely at the Euros, the boy was sensational.
Dumfries was one of the best players at the European Championship, attacking up and down the right-wing with aplomb.
He finished the tournament with two goals in four appearances, adding to the two goals and six assists in 30 Eredivisie games he ended last season with.
We really could do with such a right-back capable of giving Coleman a run for his money, and the Dutchman showed exactly why he is perfect for us at the Euros.
Ancelotti was forced to play Mason Holgate and Ben Godfrey in the position on a couple of occasions last term, and with Jonjoe Kenny not looking convincing, Everton needs a new right-back.
We trust Campbell’s judgement on this one and would prefer a move for Dumfries ahead of Dalot.
While the Red Devils full-back did well on loan at AC Milan last term, he only made the Euros squad as a late replacement for Joao Cancelo who withdrew after testing positive for COVID-19.
He played twice as Portugal crashed out in the last-16, and he did not do enough to impress.
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