By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

22nd 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…

Everton have to sell Allan because it is “not right” to keep him as just a squad player at his age, according to former Toffees captain Kevin Campbell.

Although the Brazilian was a central member of the first-team last season he hasn’t featured at all during the new campaign, and 90min reported on 16 September he was attracting interest from the Middle East, with Football Insider then reporting on 20 September that there are talks in progress with Al-Wahda for him to leave in the next fortnight.

At 31 and with so many other options in a strong Everton midfield, Sky Sports pundit Campbell sees no benefit in keeping an unhappy player on the bench so an imminent move would be the best option.

Speaking exclusively to Goodison News he said: “Considering his age I think just having him as a squad player isn’t right.

“If he’s not happy you’ve got to move him on then obviously there’s a youngster, Tom Davies is there, Tom Davies can fill because he played well in the derby.

“I think it gives Tom Davies another opportunity to be in and around it. 

“[Abdoulaye] Doucouré and Davies on the bench. You’ve got [Amadou] Onana and Idrissa Gueye on the pitch, and you can rotate that. 

“Four down to two, that’s good. Having five makes it a little bit more difficult.”

Since Campbell has only considered the options that can sit deep in the midfield, and there are still the more forward thinking options of Alex Iwobi and James Garner to contend with, it doesn’t look like the former Napoli man is getting close to the field any time soon.

It is a swift decline for a man who cost £25million when he followed former manager Carlo Ancelotti from Napoli just over two years ago and made a total of 57 appearances since, but a lot has changed in that time.

The Italian is again flying high back at Real Madrid, and the turnover of the coaching and playing staff has been rapid, so with so many younger options and Gueye brought in to provide the veteran presence a change of scenery is going to make sense for all parties.