By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

20th Oct, 2021 | 4:10pm

Kevin Campbell: Abdoulaye Doucoure is irreplaceable for Everton after injury

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Kevin Campbell has insisted that the injury to Abdoulaye Doucoure is a “huge blow” for Everton.

The Frenchman completed the 90 minutes against West Ham on Sunday, where he picked up a stress fracture in his foot.

Campbell hailed Doucoure as the one midfielder who can do it all at Goodison Park, labelling him simply irreplaceable.

Speaking exclusively to Goodison News, Campbell said, “He’s the unique one, isn’t he?

“All the others can be replaced, but I think, Duocoure is the engine, he’s the one given the license to go box to box and he’s added goals to his quality play this season.

“He gets into the challenges, he can win it and run, good in the air so he’s the real all-rounder in that engine room and it’s a huge blow.

“I hope he’s not out for too long but you never know. He will be sorely missed.”

Huge.

This is the biggest blow of them all.

Many will have been heavily concerned when Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison were ruled out at the same time, but we have pulled through.

The likes of Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend have stepped up and guided us through relatively unscathed.

Compare that to midfield, and the next in line currently looks to be Tom Davies, and that is where the panic sets in.

The England youth international has been nowhere near consistent enough under Rafa Benitez or Carlo Ancelotti, and now is the time he needs to step up.

If that doesn’t happen in the next couple of months, we could already be waving goodbye to our chances of European football.

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