Former Everton forward Kevin Campbell tells Sean Dyche what player needs a chance

According to former Everton forward Kevin Campbell, the failure to sign a centre-forward during the January transfer window is now costing his former team dearly, writes the LiverpoolEcho.

Despite promises from club owner Farhad Moshiri that the team would secure a much-needed striker, Everton had a dismal end to the transfer window, with several attempts to strengthen their relegation-threatened squad ending in failure.

The departure of Anthony Gordon to Newcastle United meant that the team ended the month even weaker than before. The lack of activity has led many fans to believe that the team might be relegated to the Championship next season. With only 17 goals scored so far this season, Campbell believes that not adding firepower to the squad during the winter window is now coming back to haunt the team.

Campbell has said: “Evertonians look back at the January window and absolutely feel the club missed a trick. Getting a striker or getting some firepower – that’s been missing all season.

“You lose Richarlison, who was in double figures at Everton, and they’ve lost those goals. You can’t now wrap Calvert-Lewin in cotton wool.

‚ÄúThere’s only so much you can do before he needs to get out there and play. Neal Maupay is a good player, but he needs to play off a striker who is bigger and can hold up the ball and work with. If they don’t score the goals, they’ll be in trouble.

“At home, Everton can perform and they can beat teams. But the away form has been so poor – and it is way before Sean Dyche was at the club. It will come to a point where Dyche is going to have to go for some games.

“Arsenal away is not that time, as you’ve got to have that discipline which they showed for 130 minutes over two games keeping them quiet, but they will have to go for other games because the goals they’ve scored, they’ve relied on defenders.

“Where’s the goals from midfielders and strikers? Calvert-Lewin unfortunately can’t keep himself fit, but I would go with two up top. It may weaken certain parts of the team, but Ellis Simms is back – he’s scored goals wherever he’s gone on loan.

“He needs a chance. Everton need to win games, not just stay in them. They can then always adjust it to be more defensive once they’re ahead.”