By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

29th Jan, 2023 | 7:10pm

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…

Dominic Calvert-Lewin might need to leave Everton if “good money” was on offer and it meant attackers could be signed around FFP, says Kevin Campbell.

Following the sacking of Frank Lampard Newcastle have already used the opportunity to sign Anthony Gordon, and the Telegraph’s Luke Edwards had reported on Twitter (20 January) Eddie Howe wanted action amid ongoing interest in both the winger and the Toffees striker.

Ex-captain Campbell, a Sky Sports pundit, believes it would be the wrong move to sacrifice Calvert-Lewin in an attempt to make late-window signings, because it runs the risk of leaving too much pressure on the inexperienced Ellis Simms and the ineffective Neal Maupay.

Speaking exclusively to Goodison News he said: “Until we know where Everton are [being] FFP cash-strapped, if Calvert-Lewin went and good money came in and the club were able to get two strikers in, maybe that’s the way Everton have to go.

“But at the moment I can’t see Calvert-Lewin leaving because Everton have him and Neal Maupay at striker.

“They have a young lad called Ellis Simms, who’s learning his trade, who’s a decent player. 

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“The club can’t put that [pressure] on his shoulders, so there’s a lot of moving parts at Everton.

“It’s a mess at the moment and these things need to be tidied up, sharpish.”

With Gordon gone there is only one big name left in the Everton attack, and while Calvert-Lewin has been short of his best for a long time due to injuries, he can surely only leave if there are sure-thing replacements lined up.

Risking him not being replaced in the same way Richarlison’s hasn’t been, would leave Sean Dyche dangerously short up top, when Lampard was lacking in that department already.

The hope has to be that the money already brought in from Newcastle can go straight into the transfer fund to bring in quality replacements without further sales, unlike the £60million from Tottenham in the summer which wasn’t immediately available.