I am just curious... I completely understand Moyes letting Stubbs go ? but we obviously needed some cover right away, in case of injuries and supsensions. So why, oh why did we sign (on loan) a player who ARRIVED with an injury ? and is STILL injured! This seems rather pointless! Surely there must have been a fit defender available on loan for 5 months from somewhere?! It seems very strange to have signed as cover for injuries etc. an injured player!
James Carroll, Posted 17/02/2008 at 17:19:21
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1 Posted 18/02/2008 at 06:34:14
Gardner may never get a game at Everton but who knows he is nearly ready to train and there just may be a run of injuries between now and the end of the season, hence Gardner will step in.
You could hardly call this strange, I would call it good management.
2 Posted 18/02/2008 at 07:22:58
Have faith in Davie he knows what he is doing, Looking forward to see Bradley coming in, he looks the part and is a mate of Tim Howard's, but for £4.5M I do think he will come in instead of Manny at £8M to £10M.
3 Posted 18/02/2008 at 10:52:56
We’ve got Yobo, Jags and Lescott all on top form and Neville can fill in at CB if absolutely necessary.
We also have a couple of youth CBs who are highly rated by some of the posters on this site, if we get down to the bare bones.
Fingers crossed, but I think we’re OK.
4 Posted 18/02/2008 at 11:56:15
Richard. What are you on?
5 Posted 18/02/2008 at 11:58:26
Stubbs wanted to prolong his playing career, something he couldn’t do at Everton so Moyes generously allowed him to leave.
Moyes still has Yobo, Lescott, Jagielka and Rodwell available for Centre Back but he still felt it would be a good idea to bring in another just in case of an emergency.
Gardner has been brought to Everton as cover. He will only play if there is a massive injury problem to all the others.
Ok Gardner himself is injured at present but we don’t need him at present anyway. You would expect Gardner to be fit for most of the remaining season. That’s when he will be an emergency back-up.
I seriously doubt Gardner will ever play for the team. More then likely he’ll sit in the reserves while Jagielka, Lescott & Yobo see out the remaining season.
Come the Summer Gardner will find himself on his way back to Spurs.
6 Posted 18/02/2008 at 12:44:15
7 Posted 18/02/2008 at 13:01:34
You obviously don’t remember Neville’s performance at CB against Chelsea in the FA cup in January 2006.
If my memory serves me right he was outstanding and won the man of the match award.
By all means give him stick when he deserves it but how about giving the guy a break now and again?
8 Posted 18/02/2008 at 13:38:33
Good business, a 6 foot plus central defender (who I believe has an England cap...he he) who is looking to get back in the Spuds side so IF he ever playes he will try his heart out.
No losers here.....aprt from us paying his wages to sit on the bench but we have been doing that with Shandy Andy for 3 years now and lets not talk about Bilic
9 Posted 18/02/2008 at 15:43:30
10 Posted 18/02/2008 at 15:46:33
11 Posted 18/02/2008 at 15:48:38
Can’t you understand that he’s expected to be training in 10 days? Then for the next 3-4 months he’ll be cover incase of an injury crises?
Its not that difficult to understand surely?
12 Posted 18/02/2008 at 17:03:21
13 Posted 18/02/2008 at 17:41:03
14 Posted 18/02/2008 at 18:17:18
Why get rid of a player who plays in a position that we are short in, then get an injured player in?
Just another decision of the manager that baffles me to be honest.
15 Posted 18/02/2008 at 20:41:06
Its very unlikely that Gardner will make the first team. What?s the problem?
As for injuries, if your so against having injury prone players in the squad then lets get rid of James Vaughan.
I bet Gardner has played more football then Vaughan over the last couple of years.
16 Posted 18/02/2008 at 23:45:17
Funniest posting in ages, respect!
17 Posted 19/02/2008 at 03:24:27
18 Posted 19/02/2008 at 07:20:05
Gardner was tipped to be something before he started getting injured, at a club where the fitness regime was an absolute joke. Maybe with proper coaching he can be fit and, in 12 months time we will be heralding another star.
19 Posted 19/02/2008 at 15:25:24
Moyes got an offer for Stubbs’s, out of the blue and let stubbs go, on the same day everton played tottenham. So all it required was a quick word, before or after the match to Juande Ramos and an agreement was made.
Why Gardner? proximity, he was there so no need to phone agents, secretarys etc. When you have 1 day to sign a player, its a big help.