I read all the speculation about Faddy going to Celtic with interest this morning. I'm not surprised to hear that the Scottish giants are interesed in our classy forward, but raised an eyebrow at their rumoured valuation of £4M.
Faddy has been a bit of an enigma at Everton since he arrived here in 2003. As is widely recognised, his talent has never been in doubt but he flatters to deceive more often than not. Moyes seems to have decided that he is most suited to cameo appearances and I believe he has been successful in this role, changing the pace and direction of games and scoring the odd wonder goal.
I must admit that I've always been a fan. I get as frustrated as the next Blue when he unnecessarily gives the ball away or decides to beat another man when a simple pass to a man in space would suffice, but I also love him for it. We're not blessed with a great deal of skill within the squad and Faddy seems to have it in abundance ? couple this with his unashamed arrogance and you get a player that is mesmerizing at his best.
His recent exploits for his national team have obviously increased his profile no end. I've had no end of blokes ask why we don't play him every week. At times I agree with them but recognise the reasons why Moyes is sparing with his appearances ? he's too erratic.
Might we now be seeing a more mature Faddy though? He does appear to be playing more of a team game these days and adds a totally different dimension to our play. His cross into Cahill for THAT goal was sublime (yes, I do believe he meant it!).
In conclusion, for £4M I'd certainly rather keep him as I feel, at 24 years old, there's still a lot more to come from our Scottish wonderkid. The question is whether the manager can keep him happy.
Ben Howard, Posted 14/11/2007 at 11:06:28
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1 Posted 14/11/2007 at 13:27:34
On a general level he needs to be more consistent still if he is going to start ahead of Yak, AJ, Vic and Vaughan. I?d be sad to see him go though, he is great to watch when on song.
2 Posted 14/11/2007 at 13:26:24
I agree with your opinion on Faddys style & quality.... and as for the £4m price tag... forget it, its insulting.... more like £8m plus & then I?d happily say goodbye, well not really happy??
3 Posted 14/11/2007 at 13:30:43
If Celtic come along and think they can get him for the rumoured four million then they can do one!
In this current footballing climate, I wouldn’t settle for anything less than 5-6 million, even then I might not sell.
As you point out sam, he is 24, and we are starting to see a more mature James McFadden, he’s a family man now, has a wife and child and will be looking to settle down and enjoy his football.
These sentiments have been echoed by David Moyes fairly recently too, and I am pretty sure he sees him in his first team plans.
4 Posted 14/11/2007 at 13:35:15
5 Posted 14/11/2007 at 13:39:20
Oh and that was never a cross LOL
6 Posted 14/11/2007 at 13:40:23
I think let him go is what we should do. the best thing his international performances have done is raise his price bya baout 3 million. He would go if teh offer was in the 5-7 million range I think
7 Posted 14/11/2007 at 13:43:06
8 Posted 14/11/2007 at 13:44:58
He’s a 24yo, regular international and I’m hoping that if Moyes was thinking of cashing in - hopefully to buy a box to box maruading CM then he wouldn’t settle for any less than £6m or Celtic will have a steal. Unless he could be used in a swap deal? Celtic got anyone worth looking at?
9 Posted 14/11/2007 at 13:35:13
I agree with the sentiments that McFadden is a better finisher than AJ and feel that £4M is a joke. However McFadden is currently at the height of both his game and his status and should be sold for at least £5M.
He is only a squad player (who nobody wanted last season) who should provide us with the necessary finances for what our club most lacks.
Capitalising on this opportunity is a must if we are to go forward. Would love to see Hibbert and VDM join his exit in January paving the way for the purchase of Pienaar, Appiah and Fernandes.
10 Posted 14/11/2007 at 13:56:19
11 Posted 14/11/2007 at 13:54:07
12 Posted 14/11/2007 at 14:00:06
To be honest i thought he would be sold in jan or maybe wanting to leave but if he’s committed to the club then he can definately do a job for us, not as a first choice forward just someone who can influence games from the bench,play in cup games, he really needs to be more consistent in his play because this is his main flaw at the moment.
13 Posted 14/11/2007 at 14:17:09
Now after a decent, but not fantastic 06-07 season, plus some inspirational efforts for Scotland in Euro 08 he?s suddenly worth a minimum £4m and maybe up to £6m.
A couple more goals against Italy on Saturday and he may even the £8m mark.
For me a valuation between £6m-£8m would give Everton an excellent return on our investment in a player who has only sporadically played exceptional for club but who has been inspirational for his country in the last 12 months. I fear not accepting £6m-£8m in January may mean that we miss the boat as surely his form cannot be as good again
14 Posted 14/11/2007 at 14:14:48
We’ve always known he’s got great potential but he’s just been so inconsistent and tended to over-elaborate. This year he’s finally starting to mature both for country and club and has contributed some crucial performances and goals and I think we’re just beginning to see the best for him.
From a pragmatic view With African nations taking away Vic and Yak and both AJ and Vaughan having injury issues this season it would be mad to lose him in January.
From a tactical and squad-building point of view though, right now we have 5 strikers who all offer something different to the team and with all the competitions we’re in (want to be in) we’ve got every chance to keep them happy.
15 Posted 14/11/2007 at 14:34:28
16 Posted 14/11/2007 at 14:51:09
17 Posted 14/11/2007 at 14:54:53
Ok, he can be a very erratic player at times, (less so in previous months I might add) but I personally think if Faddy was given a run of games over a season, he would reach double figures quite easily.
18 Posted 14/11/2007 at 14:26:16
If Celtic want one of the best Scottish players make them pay for it, otherwise keep him.
19 Posted 14/11/2007 at 15:09:17
Maybe he goes on to even bigger things at his next stop but for me, the return on investment would be to great to pass up given the risk that his reality falls short (or well short) of his potential.
Sell high on this one and wish him well. No hard feelings.
20 Posted 14/11/2007 at 15:11:22
Do you recall McFadden’s one-on-one with the keeper in the Larissa game? Unfortunately, the guy is mostly about promise and no end product and that miss summed it up for me. While I wouldn’t want to let him go for buttons I think that his international exploits will artficially inflate his value. IMO EFC should cash in on this - any offer should be seriously considered with a view to investing the proceeds in midfield. The Nakamura idea sounds good to me. If we can get some decent service into our forwards along the deck then we’ll be flying
21 Posted 14/11/2007 at 16:01:19
Need to keep til end of season - hopefully we’ll be playing big games at the end of this season.
22 Posted 14/11/2007 at 16:37:37
23 Posted 14/11/2007 at 16:15:52
He has had long enough to make his impact, there is a reason why he hasn?t. He will be a star player and league winner in the Championship or Scotland (as is Beattie), but he cannot cut it at premiership level as defenders are too good.
We will probably keep him until the end of the season due to the African Nations Cup, and he will be effective in all cup competitions (including UEFA) but after that his time is up. If he wants to stay on then he has no ambition, anyone can see that Moyes is buying strikers to go in ahead of him. Finally, 3 million is the max we will get, 6 million is fantasy land.
24 Posted 14/11/2007 at 16:51:41
Anyway, I like Faddy as he seems committed to the club and has been a model pro - you don’t ever hear him kicking off about being on the bench (at least I haven’t heard anything) which is more than you can say for a lot of prem footballers these days. He is also undoubtedly skillful bu the fact of the matter remains he has never done enough to warrant another extended run at EFC so lets see what we can get whilst his name is in the papers. And who knows Wigan or Birmingham might come in in January with some mental money.
25 Posted 14/11/2007 at 18:02:23
If he hasn?t made an impact by the age of 24 & nailed down a first team place he will never do it. Vaughan & Big Vic are far better prospects and they are the future of Everton we should concentrate on and give game time to.
Serious McFadden flaws include his appalling lack of pace and his alarming habit of drifting in and out of games for long periods. He can muster the occassional good finish but too many times he fluffs his lines. 10 goals in 103 performances is not a good enough return.
He has brought me to my feet in games many times but it was mostly to voice my frustration at him not to cheer him for a rare moment of skill such as the Charlton goal.
I would take the money for him in the close season or maybe January and wish him the very best of luck as he has seemingly been a model pro while at EFC.
As for Nakamura. No thanks. The guy is 29 and not a Premier League player. Good set piece taker, neat passer but one paced & not the box to box tyro we desparately need. The SPL is a tin pot league and not a proving ground for aspiring Premier League players.
26 Posted 14/11/2007 at 18:42:28
27 Posted 15/11/2007 at 12:42:47
28 Posted 15/11/2007 at 19:32:19