By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

5th Aug, 2022 | 7:10pm

Sky Sports pundit excited by Everton move for Idrisse Gueye instead of fruitless Chelsea deals

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…

Everton don’t need to be disappointed that business with Chelsea has failed to materialise as they are still signing top players, according to Kevin Campbell.

The link between Toffees boss Frank Lampard and his former side was tipped to put him in a strong position to sign players from Stamford Bridge, but amid reported interest in a host of their players none have arrived at Goodison Park this summer.

However, Sky Sports pundit Campbell feels that in certain cases the club have come out better anyway, citing Idrissa Gueye’s imminent arrival as more beneficial than a potential loan for Scottish youngster Billy Gilmour, and thinks the fact that the opening game of the season is between the two sides has been a factor.

On whether the lack of success in courting Chelsea players was a disappointment he exclusively told Goodison News: “No not necessarily, I think at the end of the day you’re getting Gana Gueye in. 

“Gana Gueye’s a top player. Billy Gilmour’s a young lad, learning his trade. 

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“They both play in that holding, central midfield spot. 

“You’re going to go for Gana Gueye every day of the week, if I’m honest with you. 

“Missing out? Listen, you can only do what you do. 

“They’ve tried to get some deals done with Chelsea and it hasn’t quite worked out. 

“I don’t think it helps that they play them the first game. Obviously the Chelsea player if they came on loan wouldn’t be able to play, but makes it a little bit more reluctant for Chelsea to do any business I suppose.”

Gilmour may yet still arrive in a late loan deal, but Gueye and the major coup that looks to have brought Amadou Onana in are surely preferable options.

Missing out on the likes of Armando Broja and Levi Colwill is undoubtedly frustrating when Lampard appeared to be the ideal man to take advantage of their uncertain futures.

The defender has now gone to Brighton as part of the Marc Cucurella negotiations, but Everton are closing in on Conor Coady instead.

A striker is still a major priority though, so Broja, or even Michy Batshuayi, would be helpful up front right now.