By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

15th Sep, 2022 | 6:10pm

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Conor Coady is “definite captain material” and there is no reason he can’t wear the Everton armband just because he is on loan, according to Kevin Campbell.

The former Wolves skipper signed on a last-minute temporary deal this summer after injuries to Yerry Mina and Ben Godfrey, but has slotted into the Everton side extremely well already, so with Jordan Pickford set to miss the meeting with West Ham through injury the defender is a prime candidate to take over.

Although he feels James Tarkowski would be a more than adequate substitute, Campbell, a former Toffees captain himself and a Sky Sports pundit, expects Coady to remain at the club long-term anyway and feels if he’s in the team at all he can lead it even if he is on loan.

“No I don’t think it rules anybody out,” he exclusively told Goodison News.

“He’s in the building. He’s wearing the shirt. He’s very vocal and it seems like he’s got the respect of everybody at the club. 

“He’s a Scouser as well so I don’t see why it can’t be him. 

“Tarkowski, I think he acts like a captain anyway, maybe not as vocal as Conor Coady but I don’t see that as a problem. 

“Either one of the two I think could take it. But I don’t see it being a problem Conor Coady getting it because he’s on loan.

“He’s definite captain material. I just think in order to get the deal done, to get him playing, it had to be a loan but I don’t see him going back to Wolves whatsoever. 

“But his form, him and Tarkowski have made quite a good partnership at the back there so it’s going to be interesting.”

While club captain Seamus Coleman is still the leader of the squad in the dressing room there needs to be somebody to wear the armband on the pitch.

And the summer transfer window has blessed the club with a number of candidates to pick up the slack if the star goalkeeper is missing.

The centre-back pairing are obvious ones to turn to, and while it has been suggested that it would be weird to let a player registered to another club be the captain, Coady seems at home at Goodison already so there is no reason to expect him not to make his move permanent in good time.