According to the Guardian, Joey Yobo's contract has 1 year remaining. He will be demanding a high figure contract matching Tim Cahill and Arteta. What do fans think should be done?
He's 29, so as a centre-half could be entering his prime. He is a fantastic all round centre half, no questions about that. There are not many in the league I would rate higher than him (including Jags and Lescott IMO).
However, he's 29 and if a £10-12mil fee could be recieved for a player with 1 year left, I would most definately trust Moyes to use that money to buy an excellent young replacement defender with £5-6mil spare change. Mancienne of Chelsea is one name been linked, and we of course have the fantastic Rodwell.
I would love to see him stay, make it to 10+ years as an Everton player. However, it is now a game of money, both for player and club, so if he wants a big contract (fair enough he is a A* player); I'm sure he could get one at another big club (Arsenal springs to mind) and he would not be overly missed here, he ain't been in the team for the majority of the season anyway.
One thing for sure... we don't wanna lose him for nothing.
Fran Mitchell, Posted 19/05/2009 at 13:46:25
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1 Posted 19/05/2009 at 23:40:40
2 Posted 20/05/2009 at 00:21:45
I think that if we can get a good transfer fee for Yobo we can improve the squad and add more quality. Although we would have to recruit a back up for Jags and Lescott.
In my view he is not first choice in his position and his wage should reflect this.
3 Posted 20/05/2009 at 00:28:53
4 Posted 20/05/2009 at 02:45:38
5 Posted 20/05/2009 at 03:15:01
Joe deserves to be there abouts but he is third in the pecking order of centre backs at the club. He shouldn’t be on any more than Jags or Lescott.
6 Posted 20/05/2009 at 04:04:15
7 Posted 20/05/2009 at 05:03:23
He?s a great player, I feel (almost) as comfortable with him at the back as Lescott or Jags; it makes centre back pretty much the one position on the field we don?t need to worry about depth or quality.
8 Posted 20/05/2009 at 07:15:00
And at that price, no way! He’s still top class, he’s been at this club a long time and has served the club well. As he goes into the 3-5 last years of his career he also deserves a good paycheck, sign him, keep him.
9 Posted 20/05/2009 at 07:45:45
Aside from that, taking the discussion on it’s merits..... There are very, very few players who would command 10-12M as they come up to the end of their contract. Let alone at 29.
I don’t see that we’d get enough cash for him to be able to adequately replace him and improve the team. At the end of the day, any player who is sold must be adequately replaced AND the squad as a whole improved with that money. Unfortunately that’s the reality of Everton’s transfer kitty.
I’d say he’s one of the few expendable players of value that we have. But I wouldn’t want to see him go.
Lastly - Tom Jenkins, Lescott to Villa?!?!?!?! WTF? Why would he do that? Why would we let him do that? Lescott will go nowhere, unless a top, top side comes in with £30M.
10 Posted 20/05/2009 at 09:56:51
11 Posted 20/05/2009 at 10:02:48
As Everton won?t let him go on a free in 12 months, Wembley may very well be his last game for the blues ? sad but true.
12 Posted 20/05/2009 at 10:08:10
13 Posted 20/05/2009 at 10:30:59
14 Posted 20/05/2009 at 10:41:12
15 Posted 20/05/2009 at 10:50:55
I would be sad to see him go, a few year ago he was my first choice for the next captaincy. His errors are so few and far between they are irrelevant. I would still like to see what he could do at RB ..
Great player... great servant! I would take no less than 8m.
16 Posted 20/05/2009 at 10:51:09
17 Posted 20/05/2009 at 11:04:51
You lot saying ’’sell him’’ were probably the same ones crying when we lost him to the African Nations Cup!!!
18 Posted 20/05/2009 at 11:07:47
We have 3 senior Central Defenders, one of which is injured for the forseeable future! Apart from that we have a very young and in-experienced kid as cover!
19 Posted 20/05/2009 at 11:08:11
He is our longest serving player under Moyes and there is no questioning his attributes.
He is big, powerful, strong, fanticstic in the air and very very quick. He is a fantastic athlete.
He is prone to the odd lapse in concentration but he is still one of the best over all centre backs in the league.
he is a big player fir us and with Jags out for 6 months now, we will need him. I would give him parity with the others, no question.
20 Posted 20/05/2009 at 12:03:46
21 Posted 20/05/2009 at 12:06:38
Do you remember last year a thread saying we should sell Cahill? And another thread in December saying we should sell Baines?
22 Posted 20/05/2009 at 12:26:01
23 Posted 20/05/2009 at 15:05:59
One seriously annoying area of his game is when he picks up a high attacking ball in defence / midfield and will head it straight to an opposition player, FFS!
Yes he has been loyal and we need him for cover for Jags but he is not worth the extra wages IMHO!
24 Posted 20/05/2009 at 18:38:57
Give him the contract. Hes hardly ever injured and hasn't moaned since hes been on the bench which shows what a team player he is. He makes the odd blunder but so do Jags & Lescott.
What a goal on Saturday as well, superb first touch for a centre-half!
25 Posted 20/05/2009 at 19:34:32
26 Posted 20/05/2009 at 19:54:38
27 Posted 20/05/2009 at 22:23:25
Joe Ledley is about £4mil!
That player for Fulham is rated at £10mil, Anton Ferdinand £8mil, and nemerous other centre halfs costing £10+mil.
Okay, his contract is up, but if anything less then it ain't an issue, give him a new contract. But if Arsenal, Chelsea or someone in the market for a defender offered £10-12mil (he is worth £15-20mil if on a 5-year contract) then what.
I hope we keep him, but....
28 Posted 21/05/2009 at 09:13:52
To be perfectly honest, we don't need Yobo if he doesn't want to stay; he is 3rd choice centre-half now and that's a fact. Lacsadasical and shaky for the most part. We can always buy a Carl Tiler type back up to sit on the bench instead of him.
29 Posted 21/05/2009 at 09:44:16
30 Posted 21/05/2009 at 09:48:31
I expect to see either him of Lescott go over the summer as we have to sell to buy in other areas. I would prefer both to stay... but unless Kenwright finds a spare £20 million in his mattress, what can Everton do?
Everyone at Everton has a price. Absolutely everyone. That?s just the way it is nowadays. Even United sell at the right price... and they manage to be very successful.
31 Posted 21/05/2009 at 09:10:09
Maybe Moyes sees the same situation as this year when youth was given the chance to shine and when/if our first team players are injured that should be the time for youth to be given the chance. I think that the younger players improve just from the manager showing faith in them, look how much Rodwell has achieved... and he is only 18!!
I would class Rodwell as part of the first team now and if we could add a couple more then the future would look in good hands. I think Jacobsen is here whilst Seamus Coleman comes through and I think we?ll see a bit more of that. With Yobo, I would expect Moyes wants him to stay whilst he brings on a replacement rather than buy one, I think at least a short-term deal earning the same as the others and he deserves that.
I think the real question is, ?does Yobo want to stay?? At 29 he must surely be hoping for a big move to gain some silverware. A great servant and I will be sad to see him go.
32 Posted 21/05/2009 at 09:34:49
I remember his last contract which was also signed with a year to go in the summer and with the club/team in nowhere near as good a shape as now.
I?ve met his agent a few times, he is also Tim Cahill's agent too. He seems a decent enough chap. He?s told me their love for the club and special relationship they have with Kenwright and how they could have each have been much richer had they not turned down numerous offers in the past for pastures new.
Clearly Yobo is not as good as Jags and Lescott at centre half now, but there still a big role for him to play in the team. Jags will not be fit until the end of September, and any possible knocks to Lescott or Baines would also mean he?ll get to play. Not to mention squad rotation with the Europa games......
If he does actually go, which I doubt, my option would be to bring Dunney back, he?s being shipped out for £3-4M this summer.
33 Posted 21/05/2009 at 10:48:53
"He?s told me their love for the club and special relationship they have with Kenwright and how they could have each been much richer had they not turned down numerous offers in the past for pastures new." ? What a load of utter shite
. I don't know who is worse , the agent for saying it in the first place or you for regurgitating it on here.
34 Posted 21/05/2009 at 11:12:36
35 Posted 21/05/2009 at 17:38:38
Howard; Johnson, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines; Kranjcar, Arteta Neville, Pienaar; and either Cahill or Fellaini playing behind Yakubu.