This summer, you would hope that we will have learned our lessons and that we will at least try get things done at the start of the window. Much has been written on the website recently that given our limited resources, hidden gems, diamonds in the rough and players leaving relegated clubs at knock down prices are our best option. Much has also been written recently of our lack of a strength in depth squad and that certainly one big summer signing just isn't good enough this summer. All of this is true. That is what needs to be done.
The problem is though, to get the job done as we need to, when we need to, means having money at the start of the transfer window. And if he is to do this, David Moyes is going to have to sell players to raise the cash. There is just no other way he can gain access to funds without having to wait for the TV money which, as stated above, apparently only comes through towards the end of the window.
Unfortunately, given our current squad, selling players well mean selling our best players as there are no fringe players left that would raise sufficient funds. Not much of a choice for the manager; try to do things properly may mean selling his best players. Waiting until he has money means getting the same as we have for the last two years.
When you look at what would be regarded as our best players, Yakubu and Arteta won't be match fit and presentable until at least the start of September. This doesn't make them very attractive to clubs. The pressure is off with these two, you would think, for now. This leaves us with Jagielka and Lescott. To sell one or both would mean breaking up one of the best centre-half pairings in the Premier League. Also, you now have to factor in trying to replace them at the same time using the money from their sale to add extra players to your squad numbers.
My fear with selling our star players, though, is not how to do it in the most productive way possible but that we may not get a choice but to sell. Take Jagielka and Lescott for example. Both players were sat on the bench yesterday looking at players on the pitch who they are the equal of in every way except that their current club is either not fashionable enough or because they are being punished for not playing in the Champion's League. If Lescott walks into David Moyes's office in the morning and says, "My agent just rang me. Those paper reports about Arsenal are true, I want to chase that up," would you be surprised?
Lescott has been with the club for I think four full seasons. He has given a lot to the club and has really established himself. At this stage, he has to be thinking about how much further things will go for him with Everton. Jagielka may also be starting to think about what he has to do to gain the recognition his performances this season have merited. Football can be merciless and I think there will be only too many clubs and agents willing to exploit these two players situation.
To me, I think that this summer will make or break this current squad. What ever happens, I just hope it doesn't mean having to make those hard choices.
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1 Posted 29/03/2009 at 16:17:21
While all of us at Everton know Lescott & Jagielka are better than Upson, Capello will pick a player based on what has happened for England. Lescott looked nervous when he has played and Jags had played really well up until his blunder cost us the 1st goal v Spain. Upson on the other hand has been steady so is favoured by Capello. That's the only reason Jags & Lescott are behind him in the pecking order.
2 Posted 29/03/2009 at 16:28:25
If we can get Arteta, Yak and Vaughan back for the start of next season then that will be like new signings and a tough midfielder to come in on one of Moyes bargains. Where from, I don?t know but that's what I am hoping for.
3 Posted 29/03/2009 at 16:54:22
Neither of our lads pass the ball better than Upson. He is cool on the ball and on a number of occasions last night made good 20- to 30-yd incisive on-the-deck passes to his midfield men ? something Jags and Lescott don?t really do well.
I agree with Peter that Yobo is our most saleable asset. The other choice (if the Russian stories are true) is to sell Pienaar and maybe both to get the cash to get our Arteta No 2. But we will still need a good winger, particularly if Pienaar leaves.
4 Posted 29/03/2009 at 17:32:56
Now, if this is true, it puts us in the driving seat ? unlike last time, during Euro 2008 and Sporting Lisbon ridgidly stuck to their asking price.
12 months later and they will have to accept a much lower bid or risk losing him for nothing in 2010, not forgetting that he can pen a pre-contract agreement in January.
Providing that Moyes is still interested, then he could well be on his way here for less than £10 million.
My, how the worm has turned...
5 Posted 29/03/2009 at 17:39:45
The Fellaini money was arguably made available from AJ. If you follow the argument that we waited to spend the TV money but seemingly didn?t, then we should have funds for the start of next season. Bet we mysteriously won?t though. I would be very surprised if we swooped early.
So yes, selling someone looks the option. I sincerely hope not, unless we can get £15 million of Leon Osman!
6 Posted 29/03/2009 at 17:58:53
Breaks my heart to lose Yobo but I have a feeling you could be right.
Would rather we sold Anichebe and Osman for £6M though!
7 Posted 29/03/2009 at 18:42:44
These players know that Moyes is a winner, and the players that everyone has mentioned owe him! Moyes is known for his straight talk and honesty when speaking to possible new signings and the likes of Lescott, Jags, Cahill and the rest have all blossomed under him. Oh and by the way, I also believe we will sign Moutinho if Moyes wants him for next season! Thank god you're not running EFC Kieran!
8 Posted 29/03/2009 at 21:35:57
9 Posted 29/03/2009 at 23:35:56
10 Posted 29/03/2009 at 23:47:07
If getting rid of that little lot did not raise a cracker in transfer fees it would at least more scope to pay the wages of better players.
11 Posted 30/03/2009 at 00:15:23
As for the wage bill, I can't see that getting rid of those players is going to enable us to pay £60k a week or more for better players.
12 Posted 30/03/2009 at 06:54:20
Has anyone had the chance to see Femi Orenuga yet? I was delighted when I heard he was signing, if only because he was wanted by so many other clubs, but I haven't seen a junior game at all this season and haven?t heard anything.
13 Posted 30/03/2009 at 06:59:47
14 Posted 30/03/2009 at 07:35:15
15 Posted 30/03/2009 at 07:10:20
If Man City are interested in any of our players and offer silly money, then I would be prepared to let them go. I don’t think any of our lads are irreplaceable, with the possible exception of Yakubu. The only caveat to that statement is that Moyes must have a replacement before selling.
The other possibility is that AJ and McFadden paid for the Fellaini fee and we are now ahead of the game, in that the TV money from last year is now available for transfers this year. But somehow I doubt it.
I would be sorry to see Jags, Lescott or Arteta go, but if we are offered silly money, then needs must.
16 Posted 30/03/2009 at 08:55:56
17 Posted 30/03/2009 at 08:58:42
The Times On Line rated Tim 49 in Everton?s 50 greatest players. A manifestly inadequate assessment in my opinion (FFS they rated the likes of Cottee (38), Heath (30) and Gray (27) above him). I?ll stand to be corrected, but I?d be surprised if any player from any club has scored more goals against ?Sky 4? opposition than Tim in the time that he?s been with us. Not counting penalties, his scoring record is better than Gerrard?s. (Etc.)
18 Posted 30/03/2009 at 09:41:40
19 Posted 30/03/2009 at 10:01:18
Selling Yobo may be an option as he has been usurped by Jagielka and Lescott and if need be Neville and Rodwell could be back up. But I don?t think we should be selling anybody. Who are we going to bring in exactly? May as well keep hold of VdM, Valente and Castillo for the moment. Unless Moyes plans on gambling with kids I can?t see the thought behind binning them lot.
And one final thing: Why is everyone so convinced we are going to sign Moutinho when we haven?t a pot to piss in??? I for one would rather have Manny Fernandes and we would probably be able to get him on an eighth of what Moutinho would cost.
20 Posted 30/03/2009 at 10:02:45
Pessimism seems to rule supreme at this stage of the season ? every year!!! Why can?t we just look forward to what?s left of this season and see where it takes us???
For the record, the profit of finishing 5th last season will come through from Sky / Barclays this summer and will no doubt fund some moves. I also understand that Moutinho will be the big arrival in the summer.
One final point, it was clear from Moyes?s dicking about at the start of the season that things were not too well shaped but by the sheer fact he signed up and is making quite positive noises about the future of his squad should mean something. If he was questioning the validity of staying last year with minimal funds, why sign up again for the same???
Whatever way you look at it, what will be will be and I for one would rather be a follower of Everton than Man City at this time ? despite the billions!!!
21 Posted 30/03/2009 at 10:42:22
22 Posted 30/03/2009 at 11:24:18
I only singled out Yakubu, as a maybe, because a striker who scores as regularly as him with players like ours around him are like rocking horse droppings and would cost. Cahill would be in the same bracket.
23 Posted 30/03/2009 at 12:03:00
How will this summer be any different than the last?
24 Posted 30/03/2009 at 12:49:49
The report yesterday said that Lescott is Wenger’s no 1 target. If Wenger shows his willingness to make a serious offer, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Lescott went. Moyes will try his utmost to keep Lescott, but if the lad decides he wants to go, and the price is right, it will be hard for Everton to say no.
25 Posted 30/03/2009 at 10:19:06
And what would the point being selling Jags, Lescott or Arteta and then just buying someone else unproven at the club with the money? Plus if you're selling two to buy one then the squad numbers go down instead of going up.
We have a very decent first 11 if all our players are fit apart from maybe needing to replace Osman with someone who has that little bit of class. Our problem lies after the first 11 when we have to play the likes of Castillo who just looks lost. We need to add to the squad not gamble on selling our best players in order to buy.
Moyes in my opinion can't spend the big money anyway you only have to look at Beattie, AJ and Fellaini who cost a packet compared to when DM hasn't got cash he has to go buy "cheaper" options like Cahill, Arteta, Lescott, Jags and Nigel Martyn ? who all cost under £5 million each.
26 Posted 30/03/2009 at 13:22:08
Moutinho for example, "Over how many windows have we courted Moutinho? The guy has no interest, leave it alone."
Your assumption, as that is what it is, contradicts reports both in Uk and Portugal where Moutinho has openly expressed his interest and pleasure in Everton’s interest. The only reason he hasn’t arrived yet is because a) he more or less holds their team together and they’d be lost without him, and b) unlike the majority of senior clubs in Europe, Sporting appeared to want all or most of the money immediately (which we can’t afford).
As I say, your general analysis has some merit, but don’t make claims in the way that you have without checking. Rumours persist about Moutinho and I would personally not be shocked if he arrived in the summer.
27 Posted 30/03/2009 at 13:33:31
Alan Kirwin, I accept what you?re saying. Perhaps what I should have said was that I tired of these long drawn out transfer sagas that appear to be a wild goose chase. M?Bia was one, Moutinho seemingly another. The on/off thing with Manny is another.
To some of the other comments about where last season?s TV money is gone if Fellaini only cost £4M, that?s a very good question. Hopefully, it may be a choice that can allow us to avoid selling the better players we do have.
28 Posted 30/03/2009 at 13:54:00
29 Posted 30/03/2009 at 14:20:50
30 Posted 30/03/2009 at 16:03:38
31 Posted 30/03/2009 at 17:01:36
You mean Mr Johnson & Mr Upson from Portsmouth & West Ham are they very fashionable or playing in the Champions League?
32 Posted 30/03/2009 at 17:42:55
Yobo is the better player by a country mile... and before anyone says look at his errors etc ? LOOK AT LESCOTT'S! Ten times worse.
33 Posted 30/03/2009 at 18:00:03
34 Posted 30/03/2009 at 17:26:50
Smith takes a lot of stick for his time here but he faced every summer in the knowledge his best players would move on and he would have to build from scratch. Rooney and Gravesen apart, Moyes has not had to deal with this. I don?t believe any other sold player has been against the manager's wishes.
My point here is the progress Moyes has gained has been based on continuity. It?s no coincidence that clubs like Spurs & Man City who spent fortunes more than us have a high turnover of players and ultimatley fail year-in, year-out. Regardless of our frustrations in failing to bring in any of our top targets, it seems to go unnoticed the we generally keep our best.
Some have challenged Moyes to demand cash or threaten to quit. For me this is a ridiculous suggestion considering he would be demanding something that doesn?t exsist. A more realistic demand is for him to be the man to sanction who goes out the door. If he loses this autonomy I believe he would be on his bike. It?s for these reasons I don?t see us selling to buy unless it's record prices.
He said in January there isn?t anyone he wants to sell; I don?t see this changing. More likely he will continue to work with small numbers, adding one main signing and a few more loan deals. Doesn?t seem ideal but a lot better than selling.
On the bright side, this is a big step up from the best player getting sold behind the manager's back, as in Smith's day!
35 Posted 30/03/2009 at 20:47:49
The majority of the money from Yak will go on Moutinho, what?s left over will help to pay for M?Bia, he?s already lined up two young defenders ? one Dutch, the other?s from Italy. With Bent coming in part-ex, I think he?ll either take Jo on or go for Vagner Love. I believe there?s a few youngsters coming in. I?ll probably get slated but that?s what I can see happening.
ps: MUFC 0 EFC 2 ? sorry to spoil the dream final! Now where have we heard that before?!!
36 Posted 30/03/2009 at 23:27:04
37 Posted 31/03/2009 at 00:27:58
38 Posted 31/03/2009 at 02:08:37
39 Posted 31/03/2009 at 05:04:30
40 Posted 31/03/2009 at 09:47:01
41 Posted 31/03/2009 at 14:23:20
What Martin failed to point out is that not only do they have a good re-sale value (and the story about Yak and Tottenham I can assure you is more than just a rumour) but, as Nigerian internationals, they will again be missing for 6 weeks in January/ February for African Nations Cup. I think Moysie has more than had his fill of the disruption that competition causes. Note how Alex Ferguson never signs any Africans.
42 Posted 31/03/2009 at 17:51:02
ps: On to Fantasy Island here but surely with Owen being snubbed again by england, even behind ?arry's favourite striker, Mr Barn Door Bent, and the Barcodes heading for the Championship, maybe just maybe!......... I look forward to being ridiculed!!! loli meant owen been snubbed
43 Posted 31/03/2009 at 17:53:50
44 Posted 31/03/2009 at 19:55:16
45 Posted 01/04/2009 at 01:33:11
46 Posted 01/04/2009 at 09:12:03
So no-one will be dissappearing for it in January.
47 Posted 01/04/2009 at 12:26:45