According to the BBC rumour section Moyesey has "admitted he shoud never have sold McFadden in January" and has lost the race for fourth spot because of this. Jimmy Mac is doing great at Brum and is clearly a very useful player. I for one am inclined to agree. Having him in the side at Fulham and in the derby and we could have seen a different outcome. So, I´m interested to hear people´s views on this one: Did Moyes boob by selling McFadden?
Robert Prince, Posted 14/04/2008 at 12:41:18
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The point being he could not have known what was around the corner... (or could he?). And the sale was generally met with approvoal by most of our readers, who proclaimed it to be "good business". I think it's called being wise after the event...
1 Posted 14/04/2008 at 12:35:50
So with a replacement still needed for McFadden, Fernandes loan running out, and with Gravesen & VDM likely off in the Summer, that's a minimum of 4 players to buy ? just to stay where we are!
I think Moyes has proven he can find a good player, at a good price, more often than not - so has to be given funds to resupply the squad. Even if he gets £20M to spend (which, I think is more than he?s spent in any close season, and is a hugely optimistic transfer pot) that?s an average of £5M per man. That?s less than the cost of buying Jason Koumas last year!
2 Posted 14/04/2008 at 15:06:07
In any event, it?s all hindsight... and very easy for anybody to say that we shouldn?t have sold him given our injuries....... it was right in my opinion to sell him at the time for the money on offer.
Of course McFadden looks good for Brum...he?s getting more game time (same as Defoe for Portsmouth) but game time just wasn?t going to happen at Everton.
I?m surprised that there hasn?t been more complaints about that idiot stood in front of Howard when Brum got the free-kick goal?? Technically not offside but surely he was interfering with Howard?!?!?!?!?
3 Posted 14/04/2008 at 15:22:27
Moyes could have bought or loaned another striker of course. In hindsight, he really should have done so, but on the other hand I can imagine Moyes thinking that with 4 strikers and Cahill he would have enough attacking options. And even if ha’d bought another attacking player who knows if that guy would have turned the world around?
Don’t get me wrong, looking back now I wish we’d bought/loaned/whatever an extra striker. But at that time I could live with the decision not to. And I’m not convinced that we would have pulled in a world-class player who wouldn’t need any time to adopt at all.
4 Posted 14/04/2008 at 15:43:55
That doesn’t make it the wrong decision and his full statement suggests as much.
5 Posted 14/04/2008 at 16:01:16
Wrong to not replace
6 Posted 14/04/2008 at 16:16:25
7 Posted 14/04/2008 at 16:24:47
Guess what happened?
Could have sold him in the summer for the same money and got someone in to replace him.
8 Posted 14/04/2008 at 17:27:23
9 Posted 14/04/2008 at 17:32:11
Only if he’d had a crystal ball could he have foreseen injuries to Cahill, AJ, Vaughan and Vic...
10 Posted 14/04/2008 at 17:36:59
He was shit for us and therefore we were right to get shut.
Whomever deals with the transfers out should be given a whopping bonus, £2M for Bent and Killbane, £5.5M for Fadds. It?s lucky that we are not getting investigated by Crimestoppers for daylight robbery.
11 Posted 14/04/2008 at 17:44:50
12 Posted 14/04/2008 at 19:13:52
His price was inflated because of his performance for Scotland, had he stayed with us and played a few games and scored none his price could have dropped a fair bit.
13 Posted 14/04/2008 at 19:26:38
£6m for him - yeah, like we could hang around when that was on offer. Either that or £2.5m from Celtic in the summer and it wouldn’t have had ANY impact on our league position.
14 Posted 14/04/2008 at 20:06:53
£6M was still a great deal and I think lower/mid table is about his level.
15 Posted 14/04/2008 at 21:35:05
16 Posted 14/04/2008 at 22:45:12
17 Posted 15/04/2008 at 00:11:34
My reasons, he had never had a decent run in his proper, central striking, position and only in that position could his true worth be evalued.
Leaving aside the fact that he was not playing in his rightful position he was still a far better footballer with heaps more skill and more experienced than AJ, Victor and injury prone Vaugnn.
Some may think it sacriligeous to compare Jimmy Mac with the great Alex Young yet in many ways they were similar.
Slight of build though not small, a good header, out jumped taller opponents, cool under pressure, able to beat his man, powerful accurate shot, ball player not a battering ram.
By holding onto the ball he brought team mates into play and as shown at Brum and for Scotland he is a good finisher.
Bearing in mind the games many changes I invite comments from anyone, who like me, actually saw the Ghost or Vision as he was later called
Some of those ridiculous fees touted for untried youngsters and mediocre has beens makes what we got for Jimmy nothing less than bare faced robbery. It certainly was NOT the Sale of the Century.
18 Posted 15/04/2008 at 07:32:18
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19 Posted 15/04/2008 at 07:47:39
2008 - and yet again we do the same thing.When will Everton’s management ever learn? As regards McFadden - not in the same class as the great Alex Young - but it seems that some people have short memories - a good player.And if you want to move forward you don’t sell good players unless and only unless you have a better replacement to bring in.
20 Posted 15/04/2008 at 10:08:36
Another point is that Young was older when he came to Everton than Faddy was when he left.
Young usually played his normal role of central striker in a good team.
Faddy was expected to chase after stupid wide high balls served up by the self same ones who are buggering up Aj and the Yak.
I worshipped the Ghost from the day he came to when he left and in no way was it my intention to belittle him.
I merely want to put on record that IMO McFadden did not get a fair run in his best position and we could live to regret it.
21 Posted 15/04/2008 at 12:20:40
You are right; some may think it sacreligious to compare Jimmy Mac with the great Alex Young.
And they would be right.
22 Posted 15/04/2008 at 14:30:31
23 Posted 15/04/2008 at 14:59:49
24 Posted 15/04/2008 at 15:19:43
Remember how much we spent last summer.