By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

9th Mar, 2023 | 5:10pm

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…

Abdoulaye Doucouré could well be in line for a new Everton contract before the end of the season thanks to his form under Sean Dyche, believes Kevin Campbell.

The 30-year-old’s current deal expires at the end of the current campaign and he looked nailed on to leave the club having fallen out of favour under Frank Lampard, but has started every game under the new manager.

Sky Sports pundit and former captain Campbell feels that his performances have been strong enough to earn him an extension with his attributes apparently better suited to how the current manager wants things done that his predecessor.

Speaking exclusively to Goodison News he said of a new deal: “Possibly yes. He’s a good player.

“Maybe he wasn’t good at doing what Frank Lampard wanted, but Sean Dyche is definitely getting a tune out of him. 

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“That midfield trio have looked really solid at home, really athletic, really good.

“I don’t see why not.”

If Dyche has plans for Doucouré going forward then there is no reason not to keep him at the club, but if he is a stop-gap arrangement before the former Burnley boss can land some preferred targets in the summer it may still be best to move him on.

His goal in the controversial 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest last Sunday (5 March) shows that right now he is a central part of the side that if fighting for Premier League survival.

It is a remarkable turnaround for a player who was banished to train with the reserves in the final knockings of the Lampard era, after reportedly being involved in a dressing room clash with the former manager [Daily Mail, 23 January].

Lampard had similar situations with Antonio Rudiger and Marcos Alonso at Chelsea before both returned to being key elements of Thomas Tuchel’s side so perhaps Doucourés situation says more about the coach than the player, and the way things are going he could set to be an Everton player for some time yet.