By Matthew Shaw

11th Jan, 2022 | 2:10pm

Kevin Campbell: Everton need to spend significant money to sign central defender in January

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 has urged Everton to spend significant money in the final weeks of the January transfer window.

The ex-Toffees talisman has insisted that Rafa Benitez needs to sign a new central defender who can lead the club forward.

Despite criticism from many this season, Michael Keane has been backed with a partner said to be needed alongside him.

“Come on,” he exclusively told Goodison News.

“I look at centre-halves and I’m still not convinced. I’ve seen Keane have really good games and I’ve seen him not do too well, I think he needs a partner, Holgate is there at times.

“I just think they need somebody, they need a leader there, I don’t see a leader. The quicker they can get a leader in there, the better.

“Maybe, they might have to go spend some money, but I think they need somebody of significance back there.”

This all depends on the sale of Lucas Digne.

After spending £30million on Vitaliy Mykolenko and Nathan Patterson, the club may need to balance its finances before entering the market again.

Financial Fair Play rules have been tight for over a year now, and Benitez will be praying for more breathing room in the next three weeks.

It’s time to open that chequebook again.

In other Everton news, this is what Lucas Digne did when Vitaliy Mykolenko was introduced v Brighton

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