By Sean Fisher

16th Sep, 2022 | 10:46am

'Everton are going to be fine!' - Kevin Campbell piles praise on Frank Lampard's summer signings

Ex-Everton striker Kevin Campbell isn’t worried about the threat of relegation this season thanks to Frank Lampard’s signings over the summer.

Everton may currently sit 16th in the Premier League table, but Campbell was full of confidence when talking about the club’s chances of retaining their Premier League status this season.

The Toffees came worringly close to the drop in the 2021/22 season before a spirited end to the campaign saw them climb to 16th.

They remain one of just two teams this season alongside Leicester City yet to win a Premier League match, but Campbell insists there’s no need to worry.

Speaking on talkSPORT, the 52-year-old said: “The way the season started was a struggle.

“But when you see the players that have come in – experienced Conor Coady, [James] Tarkowski, Idrissa Gueye coming back and [Amadou] Onana looks really well.

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“I think losing [Dominic] Calvert-Lewin was a big problem but he’s back training now so he’s going to be available.

“I think Everton are going to be fine.”

Signs of progress

Everton currently sit in the same league position that they finished in last season, but there’s plenty of signs that this team has more to give.

Campbell is spot on about Lampard’s signings – Coady and Tarkowski look confident and resilient at the back, and the midfield depth looks mightily impressive following the signings of Onana, Gueye and James Garner.

The only department lacking in strength is the team’s strikers, but Everton have already shown an ability to keep things tight at the back, which is a perfect foundation to build on.

The goals will come, and Calvert-Lewin will undoubtedly boost the side’s output.

Last season, fans saw a squad that looked fragile, vulnerable and easy to play against. Lampard has changed that this time around, and while the team still awaits their first win of the campaign, confidence is building at Goodison Park.

Expectations shouldn’t become too crazy as the team continues to gel, but hope is slowly being restored to the blue half of Merseyside.