On past evidence, it's no surprise that David Moyes insisted on
jetting out to witness this year's World Cup first hand, even if
his visit was a brief one. A real student of the game, as well as
putting himself through UEFA's official coaching course, Moyes has
made a point of being at most of the major international footballing
competitions in recent years.
This World Cup was no dfferent and the Everton manager took in
China's opening game against Costa Rica, apparently casting an eye
over the little-known talents of the Chinese players. Rumours suggested
midfielder Li Tei was prominent on his radar. China meekly succumbed
2-0 to the Central Americans and watching the exploits of Japan
and South Korea in the ensuing days, you found yourself hoping that
Moyes was watching these other Far Eastern teams just as closely
because their players showed themselves to be far more suited to
the rigours of the Premiership.
As far and away Japan's most famous export, Parma's Hidetoshi Nakata
is a well-known quantity to fans in England but the peroxide-blonde
duo of Takayuki Suzuki and Junichi Inamoto have certainly grabbed
the attention with their attacking talents. Inamoto in particular
stood out as a tremendously exciting talent and eyebrows will be
raised at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's reluctance to use this
little pack dynamite more frequently in Arsenal colours.
Rumours suggest that Wenger could be looking to offload Inamoto,
but the more he puts in these sterling performances in the Far East
this month, the higher his value will rise; in fact he may already
be out of Everton's price range, but what an addition to our pedestrian
line-up he would be! Let's hope Moyesey feels the same way!
Of course, most of the players on show are both beyond Everton's
financial resources and being watched by hundreds of other managers
across the world. Even domestic talents like the phenomenal Irish
duo of Robbie Keane and Damien Duff are well out of Moyes' budget.
Nevertheless, there are a few players who caught they eye who probably
won't cost Everton an arm and a leg. From the African sides, many
of the Senegalese players will be hot property after the dust has
settled on Korea Japan and El-Hadji Diouf and two-goal hero from
the win over Sweden, Henri Camara, stand out in particular. Given
that both play in France
for Lens and Sedan respectively
and Everton have a certain Alex Nyarko on their books, acquiring
either of these could be possible with a swap deal.
Although of Polish nationality, the bullish, Nigerian-born Emmanuel
Olisadebe was very reminscent of Daniel Amokachi with his strength
on the ball and powerful shooting. Physically, he looks tailor-made
for the Premiership, but the Blues have a history of failed transfers
involving African players which might make Moyes wary of looking
at the 21 year-old who now plays with Panathinaikos in Greece.
A hitherto unknown market for Everton is Mexico whose form in Korea
has shown them to be one of the top five teams in the tournament.
Striker Jared Borgetti's height and physical presence mark him out
as potential Premiership material, as does the bulldog-esque style
of Gerardo Torrado. For the Mexican's CONCACAF rilvals Costa Rica,
wing-back Carlos Castro's forways down the flanks caught the eye
despite his country's narrow exit from the competition at the hands
For the USA, young midfield sensation Landon Donovan is causing
quite a stir Stateside after helping the San Jose Earthquakes to
the MLS championship in 2001 and he carried his impressive form
to the world stage as the Americans scraped through to the second
stage. His age, combined with the fact that he is from that not-so-hotbed
of football, the United States, should keep his value down.
Staying on the subject of wingers, the pace of Denmark's Dennis
Rommedahl stood out as something from which Everton could surely
benefit as he lit up the flanks for the Danes in the group stages
in Japan. If he could be prized away from PSV Eindhoven, he could
be the perfect injection of electifying speed to complement that
of Tomasz Radzinski.
Rommedahl's teammate, Ebbe Sand, would also be worth a punt despite
having a less-than-stellar tournament alongside hotshot Jon Dahl
Tomasson. As would Turkey's chrome-domed firecracker, Hasan Sas,
who showed an array of skills not to mention plenty of strength
and eye for goal.
The post-World Cup transfer merry-go-round is sure to be a hectic
period and David Moyes will surely have been casting his eye longingly
over the players on show. His need for wheeling and dealing, mostly
through player exchanges, might severely limit him to the domestic
market but the small amount of funds he does have may allow him
to dip into the international market and capitalise on the window-shopping
opportunity that is the World Cup.
Addendum: The above article was written around the
end of the first phase of the tournament (16th June). Since then,
the likes of Turkey, USA, South Korea and Japan have made significant
headway in the competition, raising the profile of their players
and escalating their price tags! Hasan Sas, for example, is apparently
only interested in offers from Barcelona and Real Madrid. It turns
out that Landon Donavan was on his way to Germany (Bayer
Leverkeusen?) before the World Cup started, El-Hadji Diouf has been
lured to the Dark Side, and although Junichi Inamoto has been released
by Arsenal, he appears intent on staying in London with Fulham.
With the benefit of having now seen the remainder of the tournament,
I would have added another name to the players I highlighted above.
If it wasn't for his age (31), Tony Sanneh would probably be my
top pick of all of them. Currently plying his trade with F.C. Nurnberg
in Germany, Sanneh showed his class in the USA's unfortunate 1-0
defeat to the Germans in the Quarter Finals, raiding down the right
flank and defending to the death but with David Moyes looking at
building a youthful team, he is surely too old.
Lyndon Lloyd (30th June)
Suggestions from ToffeeWeb readers
Got any players who really caught your
eye so far in Korea Japan? Send
us an e-mail with those players you'd love to see in an Everton
jersey next season and we'll print a selection of them here:
"If Bolton were in the hunt for Jay Jay
Okocha's signature, why aren't Everton ? He is class, not only
in his control and trickery when running at defenders, but the calmness,
vision and ease he can pass a ball from any given distance as well.
Another player Ilike is Mexico's Jesús Arellano and
I also advise Moyesey to look at the whole South Korean side;
they all seem quick, hard working and technically sound."
I agree with the comments of Alan Hudson regarding
Mexico's Jesus Arellano. He is an impressive creative midfielder
who made some excellent runs and was running rings around the Italian
defence. Still plays in Mexico. Senegal's right-back Ferdinand Coly
was very solid in defence and has good pace and fitness. Also the
young Russian striker Dmitry Sychev looks to have the goods.
I was impressed bythe Senegal goal keeper who
is looking for first team play, and will probably come very cheap.
It's probably too late but Everton should have made a move for Matt
Holland before the World cup started; if we had made a move as soon
as Ipswich were relegated maybe we could have got him for 5 million
or less. Others from the Irish squad that we could get are Gary
Breen (currently without a club) and Kevin Kilbane (Sunderland).
Other players we may have a chance of getting include Valery Karpin
(Russia, Celta Vigo), Samuel E'too (Cameroon, Real Mallorca), Abdullah
Ercan (Turkey, Fernabache), Richard Morales (Uruguay, Nacional),
Goran Vlaovic (Croatia, Panathinaikos), Radoslaw Kaluzny (Poland,
Energie Cottbus) or Roberto Acuna (Paraguay,Real Zaragoza).
I reckon players that Moyes should have a look
American Damarcus Beasley He is young, very quick, tricky
& is very confident.
Peter Madsen of Denmark Last year Gravesen wanted Madsen
anyway and we need strikers.
Belgian Emile Mpenza very fast with good shot power.
Stipe Pletikosa & Bosko Balaban of Croatia we have been
linked with both, & positions we need filled are played by these
What about that Turkish goaliem Rushtu?
29 years old. Excellent shot stopper. Quick off his line. Commanding
presence. Confident, plays for Fenerbace and would I suppose be
up for a chance to play in England
For World Cup Signing Suggestions, why don't
Everton contact Ireland Centre Half Gary Breen's agent to confirm
an interest? Also, what about Ian Harte of Leeds who is rumoured
to be available for around £3m? Or the excellent South Korean
midfielder Young-Pyo Lee?
Could there be a scarier midfield than Carsley
Gravesen and Hakan Sas?
How about Gomes of Costa Rica ?
If Moyes was interested in Brian McBride at Preston
is he not still a target or
does he not think he is good enough for the Prem? Most of the USA
good and hungry, i.e. Donovan and Beasley. But the player that has
impressed me most (within are price range) is Ono from Japan I think
he would be ideal for Everton someone to sit in the space and feed
the passes to the strikers.
I told my brother before the W/Cup started that
there were two players in the US team that would be worth Everton's
while to look at: Landon Donavon and Brian McBride.
They have both played a leading role with their club sides over
here in the States.
Donavon in my opinion is going to be better than Reyna, he is quick,
tough (takes knocks and doesn't get injured) and scores goals, great
header against Mexico. McBride on the other hand is experienced
and scores goals reguarly. Would be a good trade for Big D.
Jimmy Daly (Birmingham, Alabama)
If there is one type of player we should NOT
be looking for it's the
so-called 'stars' of the World Cups lesser teams. What I'm thinking
of is how a player of say Korea or Japan would handle going to an
away game in mid January with the rain and wind
howling all around. I'd rather have Scott Gemmill than Inamoto!
I'd much rather go for a player of a nation not in the WC. Preferably
someone not hyped, off form. I'm sure we could get
Magne Hoset from Molde, Norway for £2-3m. A scoop if there
ever was one.
David Moyes coul perhaps look at the korean full-back
who marked figo out of the game strong and pacy, obviously
better than Pistone. Goalkeepers: Hedman, Pletikosa and that Mexican
bloke surely would not cost an arm and a leg, as for centre half,
where an injections of pace are required, Uruguay, Mexico and Korea
all have domestic-based players who would add to the squad.
I think Moyes should take a big look at Miyamoto
of Japan. He was a consistently solid defender who was stopping
every attack and the masked mirrauder will be a star buy as he is
Japanese so will be cheap!
Brian McBride. He is a young Duncan Ferguson
with more skill and a much lighter pay check demand. Brilliant in
the air and a nice touch with the ball at his feet. I believe he
even played under Moyes at Preston, Buy him!!
If I was honest and realistic about it, I would
love David Moyes to bring in
Gary Breen or Martin Keown in defence, (both can also cover right/left
roles). We all know he wants another keeper, I see no reason why
take a chance on Russel Howarth, who's just played for England Under
Switzerland. This World Cup has shown us several cut-price alternatives
in this area, but
my two favourites are Hassan Sas of Turkey and Landon Donovan for
on David, think smart and spend wisely.
I would like to think that DM has taken a look
at Wesley Soncke.
I have watched this guy for a year over at Genk and in internationals
he looks a very good prospect. Tall, no slouch, good eye for goal.
30 goals plus in the Belgian League and we could get him in exchange
for Nyarko or £3.5 mil. Well worth a shout if you ask me.
Also look at Inamoto (free), Breen (free), Sas (2 mil), Mcbride
(DM is a known
Admirer), Hedman (4mil), the spanish Keeper (superb).
Never mind stars form Japan and Korea, their
prices will have been pushed up. What about the forgetten men of
the premiership? March Bosnich is a class keeper and Chelsea could
use a bit of cash; Lee Hendrie is a pacy winger who could play left
or right, just what we need; and Sergei Rebrov is physical and a
Why don't we just bring in some of the Korean
(Ahn-Jung Hwan is free!), who cares how good they
are... the marketing potential would be huge!
One player that I would like to see in the Everton
jersey next season is
Danish international Stig Tofting who currently plays for Bolton
believe that he and Mad Dog Gravesen would form a great midfield
and furthermore, he would probably be available for less than £1m.
Kim Goldbaek (Denmark)
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