By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

15th Sep, 2022 | 8:10pm

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…

Kevin Campbell believes Frank Lampard is doing a really important job at Everton after what he saw in “one of the best derbies in years” against Liverpool.

A recent valuation which put the club inside the top 20 football clubs in world football highlighted how crucial it was for the Toffees to remain in the Premier League last season, especially with the Bramley-Moore Dock stadium on the way.

Sky Sports pundit Campbell feels that people continue to question the Everton boss despite him successfully navigating the club through a true sink or swim moment in the club’s history last season, and after a pulsating Merseyside derby on 3 September he sees this team being on the up now in this campaign.

He spoke exclusively to Goodison News and said of last season’s relegation battle: “Yeah it really was [a sink or swim moment]. 

“We’ve covered it many times but people question Frank Lampard, whether he actually had the nouse or the know-how to keep the club up.

“Let’s be honest, he kept the club up, and there hasn’t been a lot of money around like they’ve done in the past of about £500million.

“But what Frank Lampard has done, he’s improved the team I wouldn’t quite say on a budget but it has been streamlined, and that’s the best thing to say. 

“You look at Everton in the Merseyside derby. That was one of the best derbies I’ve seen for years. Liverpool are strong, or maybe not as strong. Everton made a real fist of it. 

“It was end to end, the goalkeepers where man of the match for both teams, that tells you everything.

“I think Everton are going in the right direction under Frank Lampard, I really do. 

“They haven’t won yet so they need to get a win under their belt just to cement that. 

“But what I’ve seen I think Frank Lampard’s doing a really good job, and he’s really improved that squad as well. 

“Well done.”

Detractors continue to point to win record and where the Toffees were in the table when the manager was appointed last January.

But that overlooks the turmoil he inherited, the financial constraints he has been operating under, particularly compared to most of his predecessors, how injuries have robbed him of important players repeatedly, and how one of his main stars from last year in Richarlison was sold in the summer.

The headline achievement will remain top flight safety in the previous campaign because of how vital it was for this club long term, but the pieces are starting to come together for the former Chelsea man to add to that now.