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James Vaughan: A New Beginning?

By Dick Anderson :  28/12/2009 :  Comments (7) :
10 April 2005: A then 16-year-old James Vaughan scores the final goal in Everton's 4-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace. In doing so, he has scored on his debut and become the youngest player to ever score for Everton. He's also the younest player to ever score in the Premier League Both records remain today.

At the time, we thought we had found a new Rooney and even the tabloids were suggesting James Vaughan would be a future England striker. And yet, 4½ years later James Vaughan seems to have gone backwards in his career and his goal against Burnley is almost feels like another debut goal from a now 21-year-old player.

20th December 2007: James Vaughan scored the winner in a Uefa Cup win over AZ Alkmaar. That was the last time he scored a goal for Everton. So it's taken him over two years to get another goal.

Now we all know about his constant injury problems and he's been incredibly unlucky. He even got injured after two games in the Championship with Derby County.

In the past I have argued that Vaughan is not pulling his weight and the squad cannot carry passengers but I have also admitted that Vaughan is a talented player when he's fit. Personally, I doubt his fitness will last long and this goal is probably just another false start but I also have this small hope that maybe just maybe this could be the break he's been needing.

This is actually a good time for Vaughan to have an extended run in the first team. Yakubu hasn't looked the same since his injury, Saha is in and out of the team with injuries and it appears as though Moyes has finally given up on trying to get anything useful out of Jo.

There is space for a young striker to establish himself in the side and wouldn't it be great for Vaughan to get a start against Carlise and maybe another goal.

28 December 2009: James Vaughan scores his first goal for over two years. Is this the rebirth of that talented youngster that got us so excited nearly 5 years ago? Fingers crossed...

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Matt Traynor
1   Posted 29/12/2009 at 05:04:28

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Yakubu played well yesterday, given his lack of match practice. He is an extremely physically strong player, and offers something completely different to Jo, Vaughan and Saha. All four have different attributes.

Yakubu was knackered after an hour yesterday, but played the full 90, and he’ll benefit for that. Yes he should’ve put that first goal in (and at the time I thought he was offside - something Owen Coyle mentioned after the game). The linesman must’ve just missed it, as he had to be interfering with play! Yakubu’s play for the second goal epitomised his strength. The defender just bounced off him.

Vaughan has missed an awful lot of his crucial development in his teen years. But, not every player coming through the ranks at Premier League clubs gets to make their debuts at 16. So maybe he has enough talent, with raw energy to still make an impact at this level. I hope he does, but the severity of the injuries he’s had would suggest he won’t. If that’s how it transpires, it’s a real shame for the lad.
Lin Jinli
2   Posted 29/12/2009 at 06:43:42

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Forget about Yakubu this season, he needs to get back his form and fitness to shine for next season.

Saha and Vaughan, I only label then as super sub, that's all.
Biing Wen Yin
3   Posted 29/12/2009 at 14:58:01

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Well I wish him all the best.. Really hope that James would be THE answer to the club’s future strikeforce. I hope this will truly be the turning point for this lad. He was somehow unlucky with injuries and I think he deserves more than that. Go Vaughany!
James Stewart
4   Posted 29/12/2009 at 16:56:16

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Sorry don’t rate him at all. Simple tap yesterday nothing to get excited about. Great play by Fellaini and Pienaar though!
Mark Rankin
5   Posted 29/12/2009 at 23:21:49

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Remember Marcus Bent — athletic, enthusiastic, harried defenders and chased lost causes (sold on for a couple of million)? Ok he couldn’t hit the backside of a cow with a banjo but did a job for team at the head of the 4-5-1 formation — I think Vaughan could fill his narrow boots.
Micheal Hunt
6   Posted 30/12/2009 at 20:25:36

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As everyone knows, James Vaughan has been through ’injury hell’. He remains a great prospect. His potential is still fantastic.

Of course, not so long ago we had a talismanic ’legend’, the one and only Big ’yin Duncan Ferguson. At the end of Dunc’s career, his list of goals and achievements were far lesser than his early potential promised. If we could turn back the clock, would we rather have a fit 22-year-old Big Dunc now, or a fit 22-year-old James Vaughan?

We don’t have that choice, but here's hoping at the end of James Vaughan’s top flight career, which could still have 10 or more years left, that James’s goal and honours haul for Everton will compare very well with the Big Yin!

Good luck, Vaughany lad, god knows your due some luck.
Happy New Year to all Toffees!!!

James Stewart
7   Posted 02/01/2010 at 02:03:21

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Micheal Hunt. Ferguson every time no comparison.

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