By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

29th Nov, 2022 | 7:10am

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…

Isaac Price is likely set for increased involvement in the Everton squad but has a big challenge to get into the midfield “hotbed” says Kevin Campbell.

The 19-year-old started both of the Toffees’ friendly matches in Australia against Celtic and Western Sydney Wanders, with Frank Lampard calling him the “best player on the pitch” in the goalless draw against the Hoops last Sunday (20 November).

Campbell, a Sky Sports pundit, believes the impressive nature of the teenager’s showings should at least get him on the bench when Everton return to Premier League action after the World Cup but believes it will still be a struggle to unseat those ahead of him who are currently in Qatar.

He exclusively told Goodison News: “I think he’s a good young player and the proof’s going to be in the pudding.

“He’s involved for a reason but I think when you look at the main players at Everton, in the midfield especially, they’ve got good players there. 

“Everton’s problem has been scoring goals. 

“You might see him involved in the squad a bit more, which I think is about right. 

“But we are talking about a World Cup, so some of the players [are away]. Especially [Idrissa] Gueye with Senegal, he’s definitely one who’s going to be starting. 

“And [Amadou] Onana, they paid big money for him. He’s looked really well, so that midfield is a bit of a hotbed especially.”

The midfield has been a tough position to crack for anybody other than Gueye, Onana and Alex Iwobi for some time now.

James Garner has been on the periphery but the likes of Tom Davies and Abdoulaye Doucoure have struggled for minutes, with the latter pair likely headed for the exit at the end of the season.

But until Lampard hits on a formula to get the team winning again there will remain scope for things to change, and Price did himself no harm by grasping the opportunity afforded by his senior colleagues’ absence during the World Cup break and it wouldn’t be a shock to see him add to his two brief first team appearances later this season.