By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

22nd Sep, 2022 | 6:10pm

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 sign Conor Coady on a permanent deal or they may face riots from the fans after his strong start to life with the club, says Kevin Campbell.

The former Wolves captain wore the Toffees armband for the first win of the season over West Ham on Sunday (18 September) while Jordan Pickford was out injured, and has heavily contributed to a massively-improved defensive unit alongside fellow new signing James Tarkowski this season.

Based on his performances and his status in the eyes of Frank Lampard despite only being on loan from Molineux currently it’s an absolute no-brainer that he has to stay long-term according to Sky Sports pundit Campbell.

He was unequivocal, exclusively telling Goodison News, admittedly with a laugh: “Unless the board want riots at the club they better sign him!

“He’s from Liverpool, he gets the club straight away. His allegiances previously have been Liverpool but he’s back on Merseyside and he’s playing at Everton.

“He’s honoured to be the captain. I’ve done that, it’s an honour to captain that football club.

“And him and Tarkowski are building a partnership at the back there, they really are building a partnership. 

“Clean sheet against West Ham, winning the game at home after four draws, you win at home going into the international break, that’s impressive. It really is impressive. 

“We discussed Conor Coady, because he’s on loan would he be made captain? I think that showed you everything.

“That tells you everything that Frank Lampard sees in him.”

The free transfer signing of Tarkowski along with the late loan arrival of Coady after injuries to Yerry Mina and Ben Godfrey in the opener could not have been much more effective.

They have led a back line which is now one of the stingiest in the league, and with Coady embracing his role back on Merseyside so fully it seems obvious that he remains.

The club simply can’t let this one get away having struck gold with their new centre-back pairing and fans would be very unhappy if he isn’t still wearing the Blue of Everton next season.