By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

29th Jul, 2022 | 6:10pm

Sky Sports pundit wants Everton to sign 'versatile' defensive option after Ruben Vinagre

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Everton still need to add a versatile defensive signing this summer despite the arrival of Ruben Vinagre, says former captain Kevin Campbell.

The Portuguese full-back was signed on Wednesday (27 July) from Sporting on a loan deal with an option to buy, to go along with free agent arrival James Tarkowski from Burnley, but during the relegation battle last season the defence was a particular issue.

Sky Sports pundit Campbell is pleased to see both defensive additions arrive at Goodison Park this summer, but in light of how many improvements were required in that area he would still like another versatile player to come in who can cover when the inevitable injuries occur.

“Look, I think that Vinagre is a good player,” he exclusively told Goodison News.

“Him and [Vitalii] Mykolenko will be battling it out for that left side spot, depending on what system they play. 

“Maybe… maybe another defender might come in.

“I’m not too sure who, whether it’s a right-back, [Nathan] Patterson’s being playing pretty well. Seamus [Coleman] is still there. 

“But maybe someone a little bit more versatile. Someone who can play full-back, centre-half, whatever. 

“Because we saw when injuries hit Everton struggled at times last season.

“Tarkowski, I like him a lot, good player. 

“But I think Everton can’t be too careful at the back, maybe might need one more.”

The Toffees’ transfer window has suddenly picked up the pace, with Dwight McNeil signing for around £20million immediately after Vinagre.

But with the sale of Richarlison to Tottenham, a squad which only narrowly avoided the drop earlier this year is sure to require strengthening further.

The future of Yerry Mina was called into question earlier this summer, but him staying keeps an important player in the defensive unit even if he ends up leaving for nothing at the end of his contract.

Frank Lampard valued the versatility of Jonjoe Kenny before he left to the Bundesliga so there could easily be a further signing to make up for that.