By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

29th Jan, 2023 | 9:10am

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…

Amadou Onana is not a player Everton can afford to make a “sacrificial piece” in the face of tests from other teams, according to Kevin Campbell.

In the wake of Frank Lampard’s sacking the Toffees have been raided by big Premier League sides, with Newcastle signing Anthony Gordon, Tottenham swiping Arnaut Danjuma when on the brink of a loan at Goodison Park, and Chelsea making a play for the Belgian midfielder [Telegraph, 26 January].

Former Everton captain Campbell, a BBC pundit, isn’t surprised because teams sniff an opportunity when they know the new manager will need cash, but doesn’t want to see the 21-year-old go.

He spoke exclusively to Goodison News and said: “Onana has shown pretty good form this season. Teams know that Everton are strapped against FFP.

“So teams are probably going to chance their arm.

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“If a new manager needs money could Onana be the sacrificial piece? That’s what other clubs are going to try to do.

“If you’re Everton he’s a piece I don’t think you can afford to let go, but teams are going to test the resolve.

“Who knows what’s going on the background, so it’s something that other teams are going to test.”

With Gordon gone for a decent amount of money then perhaps Everton will be under less pressure to listen when teams make late pushes for Onana.

The player himself rejected the initial from Chelsea, but the Telegraph report states those close to him haven’t yet ruled out a move entirely.

Without major additions it would surely be far too damaging to let Gordon and Onana both leave in this window, so fans will have to hope the resolve holds out to keep the latter past deadline day.