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…
Michael Keane is “not going to get a look in” at Everton any more and needs to move if he wants to play, according to Kevin Campbell.
The centre-back has made 189 appearances for the Toffees but is firmly behind summer arrivals Conor Coady and James Tarkowski in the pecking order, with the likes of Ben Godfrey and Mason Holgate arguably ahead of him as well.
After Keane got a rare outing in the 4-1 Carabao Cup defeat at Bournemouth (8 November) and Frank Lampard publicly criticised the fringe players he had given an opportunity afterwards, Sky Sports pundit Campbell is certain that the former Burnley man’s time is up on Merseyside.
Speaking exclusively to Goodison News he said: “Yeah he’s not going to get a look in, especially not with those two, Tarkowski and Coady playing so well all the time. They are leaders there.
“I think the time’s probably right for Keane to move on. I know there were overtures from West Ham and all that but who knows.
“He’s still an England international who is not playing football, and he’s going to want to play.”
The starting pair had a pretty terrible outing themselves in the second loss at the Vitality on Saturday (12 November), but have done more than enough so far this season to cement their positions at first choice.
The Daily Mail reported on 6 November that Keane had secured an Irish passport to increase his options in terms of a move to Europe, while the Sunday People’s 13 November print edition (page 55) reported that Steve Cooper’s Nottingham Forest would revisit their failed summer attempt to bring him in.
With just three appearances all season, and just over 20 Premier League minutes this year, it looks like that is the best situation for all parties as the 29-year-old is at a point in his career where he is too old to wait for opportunities to come but too young to be content with spending all year on the bench.