By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

14th Mar, 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…

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is “no good to Everton” if he continues to be unavailable and a summer exit might now be best for all parties, believes Kevin Campbell.

The striker started the first game of the Sean Dyche era in the 1-0 win over Arsenal on 4 February but was substituted as a precaution and hasn’t featured since, having been unavailable for the first two months of the season and missed games either side of the World Cup.

Former captain Campbell, a Sky Sports pundit, believes the England man is still a “big talent” but in light of his endless struggles at Goodison Park he might need a new environment to get over them so exit talks are likely now on the cards.

He exclusively told Goodison News: “That’s something that the club are going to have to look at, that’s for sure.

“Because at the end of the day your best ability is your availability. 

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“If he’s not available then, no disrespect, good player, big talent, but you’re no good to Everton Football Club if you can’t play. 

“Sometimes a change of scenery, all of a sudden, I don’t know what it is, a player just clicks and his fitness comes back.

“It’s another one that the club and the manager and the player are going to have to thrash out in the summer.

“He’s still sought-after, still young, and still a good player, an England international.

“So there might be some negotiation there. It might be best for everybody that he moves on. 

“But the key is to try and get him fit because Everton are going to need him for the rest of this season.”

Over the past two seasons it feels like the more Calvert-Lewin is worn down by injury worries the more Everton have come to rely on him, which is not a sustainable situation.

Campbell has previously suggested in response to controversial comments from Simon Jordan that it is the pressure to get back and help his team that has made it impossible for the 25-year-old to ever return to full fitness.

He will certainly need to be replaced, which based on recent history might be a bit much to expect from this Toffees hierarchy, but if it has become a relationship that doesn’t work for the player or the club it may well be time for him to move on.