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…
Amadou Onana won’t be sold by Everton “whatever is on the table” because he’s only just come in, according to former captain Kevin Campbell.
Juventus are reportedly lining up a major swap deal for the Belgian midfielder, with USA international Weston McKinnie on offer, after growing impatient with their summer signing Leandro Paredes according to CalcioMercato [28 November].
Speaking exclusively to Goodison News about Onana he said: “I don’t know if he’s a level above. I think he’s still coming to terms with the pace of the Premier League.
“But I wouldn’t be taking anything from Juventus serious at this moment in time because they’ve got internal issues that go far beyond player recruitment.
“I think Onana’s still learning his trade and he’s got a big part to play in Everton’s resurgence.
“Whatever is on the table I don’t think Everton will sell. They’ve only just brought him in.
“He’s definitely one for the here and now, and the future.”
Had Juventus not just imploded, the chances of a sudden Onana departure and McKennie arrival would have been unlikely, with Onana apparently happy playing under Frank Lampard and an important part of the Everton line-up.
But the added layer of complications arising from the Italians’ current issues means there has to only be minute chances that a move like this comes off.
McKennie has drawn plenty of plaudits for his performances at the World Cup in Qatar, but was substituted in the second half on Saturday (3 December) as his USA side were fighting back from a two-goal deficit against the Netherlands but were ultimately knocked out.