By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

20th Nov, 2022 | 6:40pm

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…

Tom Davies and Abdoulaye Doucoure are on the way out of Everton with both their contracts coming to an end, according to Kevin Campbell.

The pair’s deals expire at the end of the season, and neither are featuring regularly for the first team under Frank Lampard, and have now both picked up injuries on the club’s tour of Australia, with Davies already heading home and Doucoure going off in the friendly with Celtic.

Sky Sports pundit Campbell feels that since Everton have let the situation reach this point there is only one likely conclusion for the midfielders’ long term future at Goodison.

“It looks that way,” he exclusively told Goodison News about the chances of the pair being on the way out.

“Clubs do not let players run their contracts down if they’re serious about keeping them, and if it does get to that stage and the club do want to keep them they know they’ve got a fight on their hands.

“I think there’s going to be a change. Frank Lampard’s going to need some wriggle room to be able to bring in more players. 

“This looks to me like an opportunity where there are two midfielders whose contracts are running out, you may not get anything in the transfer window, but it’s two wages off the wage bill that he can utilise to bring bodies in.

“Frank Lampard, he has to box clever right now, because it’s not like when he was at Chelsea where he had deep pockets.

“He’s got to move and shake to operate, and manage smart. 

“I think the writing’s on the wall on those two players.”

It is a shame for both that their seasons have been interrupted by injury during the World Cup break, with Doucoure already losing out by being unavailable when the midfield was strengthened by Amadou Onana, Idrissa Gueye and James Garner earlier in the campaign.

Davies missed nearly all of last season with his own injury problems, and with Alex Iwobi also certain to start ahead of them they are both struggling for involvement.

If money remains tight then Lampard needs to get maximum return on whatever the club is spending, so he may well prefer to put that section of the wage bill towards players he feels can get more out of.