By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

25th Jan, 2023 | 6:10pm

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…

Everton are like a “rudderless ship” having sacked Frank Lampard which then saw them lose Arnaut Danjuma to Tottenham, says Kevin Campbell.

The Villarreal winger was lined up to arrive on loan even after the manager was sacked on Monday (23 January), but abandoned the move when Spurs came in at the 11th hour and has now completed a move to North London.

Sky Sports pundit and former Toffees captain Campbell doesn’t know where the Nigerian-born Dutch international fits in under Antonio Conte, but feels the departure of Lampard was likely key to fumbling deal.

He exclusively told Goodison News: “If you haven’t secured the player he’s free to speak to whoever he likes. That’s the transfer window, that’s what it’s about.

“He’s a winger so I don’t know where he’s going to play at Spurs.

“But with the sacking of Lampard you might just have shot yourself in the foot Everton, without securing the player.

All of a sudden the manager’s not there, it’s like a rudderless ship isn’t it?

“He’s got no affiliation to the club, and I’m sure in negotiations Frank Lampard would have been quite prominent.

“Going to Spurs? I don’t see where he’s going to play but everybody’s different. Some will just go for a project.

“And it’s Antonio Conte, they’re up there challenging for Champions League spots, so maybe that’s more favourable for him at the moment.

“But Everton need firepower, that’s for sure, and to miss out on this one they are going to have to pivot quick.”

Danjuma appeared to be a done deal prior to the 2-0 loss at West Ham on Saturday (21 January), but as speculation mounted over the manager’s future the loan deal went quiet.

Sky Sports then reported on Monday that Danjuma was committed to fighting the relegation battle despite the managerial change, and the player himself Tweeted that he was “born ready” in an apparent reference to the challenge of keeping the club up.

Surely Spurs wouldn’t have sensed an opportunity had Lampard not gone, but given the messages that were apparently coming via Danjuma it is still a spectacular turnaround that he is a Tottenham player just two days later, leaving Everton in an even greater mess.