By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

14th Nov, 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 now “have to” go after signing Lille striker Jonathan David because of growing problems in attack, according to Kevin Campbell.

The Toffees have failed to find the net in five of the past six Premier League appearances, losing four of them, and the most recent defeat at Bournemouth ended with a situation between the players and the fans which Jeff Stelling referred to as “toxic” on Saturday (12 November).

Former Everton captain Campbell, a Sky Sports pundit, is clear that David is someone they now cannot ignore as they look to address a spiralling problem.

“I think Everton have to really look at that. They have to,” he exclusively told Goodison News of the David move.

“Because goals change the team. If you’ve got somebody up there who can put the ball away, all of a sudden you’re putting teams under huge pressure, and then you’re relying on your defence to keep teams out. Teams have to come onto you and you can catch them on the break.

“So you need to have one or two, or three, players who can put the ball away.

“Everton, one week they’re fine and the next week they look like they’ll never score.

“So to be able to get a player like Jonathan David in, he can put the ball away, I think would be a really good move. 

“Put it this way, they have to consider it, for sure.”

Sky Germany’s Florian Plettenberg reported on 17 October that Everton were “very interested” in a move for the Canadian international, but the price is likely to be at least €50million [£43million].

With Dominic Calvert-Lewin again injured and Anthony Gordon’s form slumped there is a gaping hole in production up front, so if the money can be found this is clearly the number one priority in January.

David, 22, has scored nine and assisted three so far this season, in just 15 appearances, and looks like the ideal candidate to belatedly replace Richarlison after his summer move to Tottenham.