By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

25th Nov, 2021 | 4:10pm

Kevin Campbell discusses the pressure on Benitez at Everton

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 believes that Everton manager Rafael Benitez should be handed more time to turn things around.

The former Toffees striker launched a strong defence of the Spaniard and highlighted injuries and the lack of funds he had in the summer.

This comes after Colin Walker suggested that crisis talks could take place if a positive result isn’t picked up against Brentford.

Speaking exclusively to Goodison News, Campbell said: “I believe he deserves a lot more leeway.

“We’ve seen Everton win with kind of a full quota, but when you lose all that quality, it’s really difficult, and obviously Rafa Benitez isn’t going to be moaning about what’s happening; he’s going to be doing the best he can and get on with it.

“This is all part and parcel of a season; Rafa Benitez didn’t really have a transfer window; he brought in two players. One [for] a free and one for virtually £1.5million.

“So, he’s had no transfer window.

“He can’t get to January quick enough or get his top players back, so I think he deserves a bit of time, but it was a controversial decision to bring him in, and there will be people baying for his blood.”

Fair and honest assessment from Campbell.

There has been increasing pressure building up at Everton on Benitez and things could get a lot worse if they don’t win on Sunday [Daily Mail].

Now, given that Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Abdoulaye Doucoure have been missing for quite a bit of time, that would be harsh.

Then there is the news from today that Allan has suffered an injury as well as Demarai Gray [El Bobble].

So, the injury problems keep piling up, and it is so hard to judge Benitez at the moment when he doesn’t have his first-choice players in various positions.

However, how long can Everton go without a win before things start to turn toxic?

Well, after they play Brentford, it is the Merseyside derby and then Arsenal, so they really need a win this weekend, or the pressure could start to increase on Benitez.

That might not be fair, but ultimately, he has to be judged on results and at the moment, they aren’t good enough.

In other Everton news, Ederson has revealed which Toffees star he wants to see at Manchester City.

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