Sky Sports pundit excited as Everton transfer window hots up with Idrissa Gueye first in line
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Frank Lampard was “disgruntled” he couldn’t get players in at Everton early but getting them in at all is key, according to Kevin Campbell.
The early stages of the transfer window were highly frustrating for the Toffees boss as he only had free agent signing James Tarkowski to show for it, but the pace has belatedly picked up with Ruben Vinagre and Dwight McNeil arriving in quick succession, and now potentially major developments in central midfield.
After being offered the chance to re-sign former star Idrissa Gueye from Paris Saint-Germain the club have moved fast and Sky Sports pundit Campbell is very encouraged that the pace is finally picking up with the proven Premier League operator looking set to return to a midfield in need of help.
“Look, it is what it is at the end of the day,” he said of how the summer has gone, speaking exclusively to Goodison News.
“I think that holding midfielder… Allan’s a good player but I think the Premiership is relentless isn’t it?
“Getting someone in like Gana Gueye, who’s played in there, he knows the football club, coming from PSG.
“He knows what’s taken, what’s in there, he could come straight in.
“So at least Everton are making some moves. Getting Tarkowski was very important.
“But I think there’s still virtually a month to go, so it might take it into the season where they’re still accumulating players but if that’s the case so be it.
“You can’t always get what you want when you want it.
“So I know Frank Lampard, yeah maybe he was a little bit disgruntled because he wants to integrate the players in early, 100% I get that.
“But do you know sometimes the key is as long as you get the players at the start where you can integrate them and help them make a difference [is what matters] because Everton can’t afford to go through what they went through last season, that’s for sure.”
Allan was one of a few players mooted to potentially move on during this window, but just as the hoped-for arrivals have been slow in coming, there has been little movement in the opposite direction aside from expiring contracts and the unwanted sale of Richarlison.
Lampard wants to overhaul the midfield, and it seems like the chances of him doing that have been boosted hugely of late, with Amadou Onana suddenly becoming a strong possibility in addition to Gueye, and a loan move for Billy Gilmour highly touted as well.
If the Senegalese, Belgian and Scottish internationals were all to be added before the window closes it would give the team a much stronger look in the middle, but without some exits it runs the risk of a bloated squad in that area that will cost a lot in wages.