By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

17th Nov, 2022 | 9:10pm

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…

Alex Iwobi and Jordan Pickford have been “outstanding” for Everton this season and are strong enough to take the fans’ fury, says Kevin Campbell.

The pair of Toffees looked to be the most involved as travelling supporters vented their anger at the underperforming team after the final whistle of the second three-goal loss to Bournemouth in four days on Saturday (12 November).

Campbell, a Sky Sports pundit and former Everton captain, understands the frustration among the fanbase but says the situation “doesn’t bode well”, and insists that Frank Lampard is backed in the January transfer window.

“Yeah they’ve been two of the best players”, he exclusively told Goodison News.

“Look, I think there’s been a lot of frustration in the Evertonian ranks, the fanbase. Some of them have travelled twice down to Bournemouth and seen 4-1 and 3-0 respectively. It’s terrible. 

“It’s not good enough for the football club so stick is going to be flying about when you’re not doing well, that’s for sure. 

“Pickford and Iwobi, who arguably have been their two best performers, I think Iwobi has been outstanding and Pickford’s been outstanding, but maybe they just didn’t have good games. 

“Sometimes it’s easier to have a go at the ones who have been doing well, as opposed to the ones who aren’t.

“Those guys can take it, they’re mentally strong enough to take it, but it doesn’t bode well for a club together. 

“So something has to be addressed and Frank Lampard really has to be backed in January.”

Things were being held together fairly well for a decent portion of the season when Anthony Gordon was in form, and the supporting cast were chipping in.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s return looked to have completed the puzzle when everything came off against Crystal Palace on 22 October, but the plan has since gone badly awry in attack, which has caused a knock-on effect to the rest of the performance.

If Everton can find an answer for the lack of goals in the winter window then there should be enough in defence and midfield to hold up, but failure to do so could lead to a lot more of what was seen at the Vitality at the weekend.