By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

16th Sep, 2022 | 5:42pm

Sky Sports pundit can't wait for Andros Townsend Everton return to unlock Dominic Calvert-Lewin

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…

Andros Townsend “definitely has a future” at Everton and his return will make the best of Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s, according to Kevin Campbell.

Both the former England internationals have been missing all season, with the striker picking up an injury in the preseason, and the winger expected to remain out until after the World Cup as he recovers from the ACL tear he suffered last term.

But Sky Sports pundit Campbell thinks that the quality delivery that Townsend, 31, provides is something that the Toffees have been missing, and feels that with Calvert-Lewin in contention to return to action this weekend it will be a dangerous combination once they are both on the field.

“He’s not necessarily fallen away but he’s injured isn’t he so the club had to make moves,” he exclusively told Goodison News.

“Obviously he’s got to get himself fit and recovered but I think Andros Towsend’s got a future at Everton for sure.

“A player like him will always do well, and Everton’s level is going up somebody like him, especially someone who can deliver quality crosses and balls into the box, you always need players like that.

“I think that is maybe one of the things that Everton lack at times, is that quality ball into the box. 

“And obviously if you get a Calvert-Lewin back then the likes of Andros Townsend’s quality, the best way for me to say it is that the rate at which he puts balls into the box will increase because he’s got a target in there. 

“As opposed to maybe somebody who’s not as good in the air where you’ve got to try to pick them out, whereas you’ve got to hit an area with Calvert-Lewin and he should be there. 

“So it’s going to be interesting but I think he’s definitely got a future at Everton.”

A relatively unheralded arrival in the newly-straightened era of spending at Goodison Park, Townsend proved to be a smart free transfer pick-up before his injury last season.

If he can return to full fitness after such a serious problem he is likely to remain a very useful option for Frank Lampard, and as with the likes of Dwight McNeil he is a key part of the equation for getting the best out of the returning star man up front.

If the manager is ever able to get all of his pieces together at the same time there is a lot to like about this Everton squad, but the injury luck has been abysmal and routinely throws plans into turmoil.

He will have his fingers crossed that Calvert-Lewin’s imminent return is for the long-term and that Townsend can follow suit in due course to provide a solid pipeline of goals in the second half of the season.