Pure, unadulterated and useless speculation so please don't bother pointing that out.
The players, in particular order, who have caught my attention are:
Adam Johnson: We were linked with him a long time back, before his stellar displays in the Championship saw him courted by the sheiks and a cheque we couldn't contend with. Young, quick skillful and able to play on both wings. Would fit perfectly into the gaping hole on the right of our midfield.
Zoltan Gera: Less impressive but more affordable. Went on a free in 2008 and has played a key part in Fulham's Europa League campaign. Similar player to Osman? Perhaps... Not a world beater but would surely have helped us during our injury crisis and I hate missing out on decent freebies.
Victor Moses: A lot of hype about him saw many clubs linked with him. Martinez recently said of him "I can't believe he is at Wigan' — Nor can I. A risk perhaps but £2.5m for a strong, lightning quick, young English winger... Why not?
Andrei Arshavin: Another player we were linked with before, his skills became more globally sought after. Rumours were rife that Zenit were looking for around £8m the season before he lit up the Euros. Would have been a bargain.
So there's four that I wouldn't have said no to. Not having a dig at the board. Whether they should or shouldn't be able to conjure up more money is not what this thread is aimed at debating. Just some easy banter about possibly realistic players you think may or may not have slipped the net and might have made a difference before the silly season gets truly started again.
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1 Posted 04/05/2010 at 16:06:28
Arshavin is the one who most of us would have liked to have seen. However, given his recent grumblings and discontent at Highbury, I don't think he would have stayed long... even if we could have afforded him.
2 Posted 04/05/2010 at 16:19:47
3 Posted 04/05/2010 at 16:04:46
That he ended up at Wigan was due to the fact that other Prem clubs took the piss and tried putting in paltry bids, trying to get him dirt cheap due to the well publicised financial problems engulfing Crystal Palace. At £2.5m, I think the lad will prove an absolute bargain.
Another young player I hoped Everton would take a gamble on was Jonjo Shelvey of Charlton, but he's recently sold his soul to Satan and is joining the red shite in the summer. A tragic waste of talent.
4 Posted 04/05/2010 at 16:28:08
5 Posted 04/05/2010 at 17:02:26
The person I remember thinking we should buy for ages was Dean Ashton from Crewe, ever since we played them in the cup years back.
Johnson would have been a good buy but I get the impression Moyes never fancied him.
6 Posted 04/05/2010 at 17:26:09
7 Posted 04/05/2010 at 18:41:29
Agree with Ciaran about Ramsey and Krancjar, I can't believe how much Spurs paid for Krancjar. It seems that wherever Harry goes things get very weird on the transfer front.
But in saying all of that, I still think we have a good, strong, talented and valuable squad for next season. Best since '86 IMHO. The return of Heitinga and Fellaini is important. I am worried about up front, as I sense Saha in bit of decline.
The other kid I'd LOVE at Goodison is Jack Wilshire. This kid is going to the top. Would be lovely if he stops off at EFC en route to Barcelona. Oh shit! that's bound to earn me a reprimand from our greatest ever fan, Jay Harris.
8 Posted 04/05/2010 at 18:52:59
9 Posted 04/05/2010 at 18:59:34
I'll get the ball rolling with: Shaun Wright-Phillips, Kim Kallstrom, Tomas Ujfalusi, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Brede Hangeland. Anyone concur, or do I have sunstroke?!
10 Posted 04/05/2010 at 19:47:48
11 Posted 04/05/2010 at 19:55:42
12 Posted 04/05/2010 at 20:32:59
13 Posted 04/05/2010 at 20:41:13
14 Posted 04/05/2010 at 20:45:44
15 Posted 04/05/2010 at 20:43:40
Now at Lyon and doing quite well for himself by all accounts. He's a class act, watched him since he made his Sweden debut.
Then again, I thought Krøldrup would be a class act, too..
16 Posted 04/05/2010 at 21:21:05
Sam - good article, but some of the players you mentioned didn't want to come to Everton, after all it was only last season with the likes of Yobo nad Jags in defence that we used to play HOOOOOF ball.
Some of the names coming up demonstrate two things.
1. As fans we have no idea of what has gone on behind closed doors.
2. Players agents have done a good job for their clients linking every half decent player with Everton.
Add a couple more to the mix...
Ever "here is my love rocket" Banger
17 Posted 04/05/2010 at 22:54:24
Wigan signed him for just £4 million last January when he was desperate to leave Newcastle. I'm sure we could of scrapped together £4 million or a player exchange to get him. Now he is going for at least double that price and Arsenal are sniffing about.
The second guy is Darren Bent. It is well know that when Joe Royle was manager of Ipswich he tipped us the wink on him but he went to Charlton instead for a paltry £3 million. Five years on, he is scoring 25 goals a season — more than all our current strikers combined.
I never understood why we did not go in for Bent as he was exactly the type of player Moyes liked: young, proven at a lower level and crying out for a chance in the Premier League.
18 Posted 04/05/2010 at 23:17:22
I think Moyes has done quite well overall with his mediocre transfer budget but Sam is right to point out that if only we'd stretched a little further (" Every little bit helps").
Alan Kirwan thanks for the compliment; it's most gracious of you.
19 Posted 04/05/2010 at 23:37:07
Do you think McGinn would go straight into the first team at right wing? Granted I only caught the highlights of tonight's game but McGinn didn't seem to be playing. I also wiki'd him. He was born in '87 so he is not that young anymore. I respect your opinion, so clearly he must have a spark but, if he is going to be a star, shouldn't he be shining a little brighter by now?
20 Posted 05/05/2010 at 02:29:21
Also Moses at Wigan will prove to be a bargain! Essien as well. I remember that deal well, if only! Kallstrom is also a good shout and he is available now as well....
21 Posted 05/05/2010 at 03:49:13
Going too far down that road leads to madness.
22 Posted 05/05/2010 at 06:41:26
We have seen that Lescott has been out most of the season and has not proved to be a great buy for City. Andy Johnson was another one Moysie let go. He has not set the world alight since leaving. Both have been plagued with injuries. Others to go include Andy van der Meyde (good riddance), Marcus Bent, Lee Carsley, James Beattie, James McFadden and Simon Davis. Again no regrets for any of them.
For ones he is not sure about, there is the loan system. We benefit from that system with players coming in, but we also use it to retain players.
For the ones we let go, Moysie can actually say "I'm glad I did" rather than "I wish I hadn't".
Unfortunately, some of our previous managers must have wished they had kept the players they let go. The list of great players who were missed opportunities is quite long and would include Alan Ball, Peter Beardsley, Andrei Kanchelskis plus others. Thankfully, Moysie seems to recognise when a player is about to reach his sell-by date.
23 Posted 05/05/2010 at 11:16:50
Joleon Lescott (ker-ching!)
I stand by Moyes's track record 100%
24 Posted 05/05/2010 at 13:31:56
25 Posted 05/05/2010 at 15:18:28
26 Posted 08/05/2010 at 08:28:55
27 Posted 08/05/2010 at 08:32:06
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