By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

29th Jan, 2023 | 10:10am

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…

Moussa Dembele can offer Everton much-needed cutting edge and help Dominic Calvert-Lewin find form in a two, says Kevin Campbell.

The French striker’s Lyon contract expires in the summer and he is available for a small fee [Mirror, 27 January] after being offered to the Toffees this month [Daily Mail, 18 January, page 65].

So with little time left in the January transfer window Sky Sports pundit Campbell believes the 26-year-old can finally provide what is missing at Goodison Park.

Speaking exclusively to Goodison News he said: “He’s a decent player. You play him and Calvert-Lewin up top and all of a sudden you’ve got a cutting edge.

“He’s powerful, he’s quick, he can run over the top, knows where the goal is.

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“And he’s someone who can help Calvert-Lewin as well, because Calvert-Lewin has spent a lot of time on the treatment table and he’s been grafting up there with little service.

“What tends to happen is when you’re up there on your own it’s hard, and when you’ve got somebody with you it’s a lot easier because you can play with them and play balls into them, knock balls down to them, they can knock balls down to you.

“That’s where the partnership comes in and that’s where I think Everton have been lacking.” 

While Dembele hasn’t been the key man at the Ligue 1 side this season he netted 21 times in the French top flight last season and has scored goals throughout his career.

A small fee for a man who could unlock the one remaining attacking star in Calvert-Lewin seems a small price to pay for a player who is actually available.

So Sean Dyche could do a lot worse than to ask for the club to make that a reality and bring in the former Celtic and Fulham forward.