By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

15th Sep, 2021 | 8:10am

Kevin Campbell defends James Tarkowski challenge v Everton

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Kevin Campbell has defended Burnley defender James Tarkowski for his challenge on Everton attacker Richarlison this week.

Gary Neville claimed on Monday Night Football that there was no place in the game for tackles such as that, as the Clarets enforcer went clattering through the Brazilian.

Campbell, known for his tough approach saw nothing wrong with the tackle and insisted that it wasn’t a foul.

Speaking exclusively to Goodison News, Campbell said, “He gets the ball, but he gets the man also.

“For me, it’s fine, the challenge is fine. Richarlison had got hit but the defender got the ball, I just thought it was a strong challenge.

“He won the ball, I don’t think it was a foul.”

Really?

The likes of Rafa Benitez may see this one very differently.

With Dominic Calvert-Lewin out for the next two or three games in the Premier League, the last thing we need at Goodison Park is another injury.

Tarkowski knew exactly what he was doing, and could have won the ball normally, but instead decided to take Richarlison with him and was lucky not to cause a serious injury.

Richarlison is known for his off-the-ball antics, but there were no complaints about his reaction and pain after the clash.

Thankfully, he should be fine to carry on in the final third and hopefully start finding the back of the net rather than being in collisions such as this one.

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