By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

14th Sep, 2022 | 6:10pm

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…

The postponement of last week’s game has helped Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin on his road back into action and he could even start against West Ham says Kevin Campbell.

The England striker has been out for six weeks after picking up a knee problem in the preseason, following a campaign last year where his luck with injuries was miserable, leaving the Toffees very light up front.

The death of the Queen saw the entire football schedule put on hold suddenly but Sky Sports pundit Campbell feels that one relevant factor is the extra time it has given the club’s main striker to get ready to return to the field, and he expects him to now be at least on the bench against the Hammers, if not in the starting line up.

“You can look at it one of two ways to be honest,” he said of the postponement when speaking exclusively to Goodison News.

“For the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin it gives him an extra week to get himself fit and acclimatised, and get an extra week of training in his legs, which is going to make a huge difference, so that’s the good part. 

“But when you’ve got longer-term injuries it’s not as if they’re going to get back in the squad. 

“So it’s good and bad I suppose in a sense. But it is what it is. It was the same for all clubs last weekend. 

“It was obviously a difficult time for everybody and the Premier League made their decision and you’ve got to adhere to it. 

“But some teams aren’t even playing this weekend which is even more reason why they should have played last weekend. 

“I’m sure Everton are a lot happier now that they’ve got a game at the weekend and Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s back in training and really should be in contention to MINIMUM be on the bench.”

Despite signing Neal Maupay, which is undoubtedly a helpful move for the club, it will be a crucial boost to Frank Lampard if his main man is an option again.

When he is fit and firing he gives the side a genuine focal point and goal threat in a way that nobody else in the squad can do alone, and he can give those playing off him more scope to fulfil their own abilities.

Before the previous campaign’s stop-start struggle he netted 36 times over the two seasons prior combined, and with the side on a run of four consecutive draws that could easily be eight more points in the bag, so the manager and the fans will be itching to see him get back to his best.