By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

30th Apr, 2022 | 12:10pm

Kevin Campbell: Michael Keane should leave Everton with former manager ready to pounce

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…

Michael Keane moving from Everton to injury-hit West Ham makes sense after a “horrendous” season at Goodison says Kevin Campbell.

The Daily Star reported this week (23 April) that David Moyes was ready to pay £20million for the embattled defender if the Toffees were relegated, having known him since their time together at Manchester United.

And after a fairly miserable run on Merseyside, former Everton striker Campbell believes that with the Hammers needing centre-backs after extensive injury issues the move would be best for all parties.

Speaking exclusively to Goodison News he said: “Yeah, I think Michael is a competent defender, but I think West Ham, when you look at the problems they’ve been in with injuries, now apparently at the weekend they don’t have a recognised centre-half to play.

“So squad depth is going to be really important. That’s the difference, they’re going to need squad depth.

“It’s proven that he can play in the Premier League. He can play well in the Premier League, he’s just had a horrendous season at times, with mistakes at Everton. 

“But sometimes other managers will look at him and say, ‘I’ll have him’. David Moyes is one of them.”

Keane has come to represent the struggles of the Toffees defence as the relegation battle has become more and more pressing.

A high profile error against Manchester City, a sending off at West Ham, and a bad half while unwell at Tottenham has led to criticism from all angles, both fair and unfair.

He doesn’t look like the player he once was, and a new environment could be just what he needs, while the mooted fee would be very useful at Goodison, so even if the club stays up the move perhaps should go ahead.

In other Everton news, Jamie Carragher says he has changed his mind on the club’s situation after what happened in the past three games.

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