By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

2nd Oct, 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…

Mykhalo Mudryk is more developed as a player than Anthony Gordon and Everton could replace one with the other, according to Kevin Campbell.

Chelsea came very close to signing the Toffees homegrown star late in the transfer window, while a £30million bid from Goodison Park was not enough to convince Shakhtar Donetsk to part with their man.

But with Gordon’s exit still potentially on the cards for January [Simon Phillips, 23 September], Sky Sports pundit Campbell can see a lot of sense in using the hefty transfer fee that he will command for Everton to insert themselves back in at the front of the Mudryk race as an upgrade.

“That wouldn’t be the worst move ever would it?” he said, speaking exclusively to Goodison News.

“A full international player who’s been doing it in the Champions League, who needs a stage. 

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“He needs a stage, and probably you could say in his development he’s ahead of Gordon as a young player.

“Because he’s been playing top level Champions League football, he’s a full international for Ukraine etc. 

“So you can say that he’s one who is further along the line development-wise, and getting the right type of player in is very important for Everton.”

There are plenty of similarities between the two players, as they are both blonde-haired, 21-year-old, attacking stars who are generating plenty of interest ahead of apparently inevitable big-money moves, so it is easy to link the pair.

Mudryk is in fantastic form so far this season, with two goals and six assists across six league and Champions League appearances, which would have otherwise priced him out of a move to Goodison.

But if Gordon leaves for somewhere close to what was being asked of Chelsea before deadline day that would put them back in the mix, and leave a clear space for the Ukrainian to move into, so it makes a lot of sense if the two sides can get it to work.