- He tore Man Utd and Spurs apart single-handedly when playing against them this season in the F.A cup.
- Has key the elements (pace, great eye for goal, lovely skills, athleticism) needed to be a top-notch striker
- Every Leeds fan I've asked about him tells me he is not only Premier League class but potentially world class
- He's on a free!!!
- If he can't make the grade we can make a couple of million in the next transfer window by selling him to the Toon Army.
- Moyes has an excellent record when purchasing players from Championship clubs (Jagielka, Lescott, Cahill et al)
- The last striker Everton bought from the the third tier was Brett Angell (Southend United)... ouch!!!
- He has yet to play outside that third tier yet in his career
- He's already 26 years old, is it always better to teach a younger dog new tricks ?
- He was badly advised, handing in a transfer request the morning after he'd scored the winner at the 'Theatre Of Dreams';
- Or is he simply a frustrated selfish mercenary who can't wait to leave at the best possible opportunity? (see similar requests from Defoe, Chimbonda, Jeffers...)
- He is ultimately a better player in his own head, than he ever is on the pitch — see Clinton Morrison, Hayden Mullins, Jason Euell, Chris Armstrong...
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1 Posted 29/05/2010 at 17:29:07
2 Posted 29/05/2010 at 17:41:28
3 Posted 29/05/2010 at 17:58:27
4 Posted 29/05/2010 at 18:22:49
5 Posted 29/05/2010 at 18:33:06
The only potential downside I could see – and I have watched a season of his goals on youtube – is that instead of passing it around the midfield as we have been doing, we might sometimes get tempted to over-play the long ball game like Liverpool or the old Wimbledon.
6 Posted 29/05/2010 at 18:52:40
7 Posted 29/05/2010 at 18:59:58
But having said that, he could be a very useful player to have as cover - a gamble that will only cost us his minimal wages...
If he's another DJ Campbell, then big deal....
8 Posted 29/05/2010 at 19:24:30
9 Posted 29/05/2010 at 21:17:45
10 Posted 29/05/2010 at 20:56:03
I know, lets name some teams / places from these lower leagues and see who we got from there.
Rhyl, not the first place you would look for a goalkeeper.
Want a Centre Forward AND a Centre Half, if all it costs is a taxi to Tranmere, then I'll pay for it myself, money well spent.
Yes I know there are plenty of Bretts and Bernies, but hey thats life sometimes you just have to take a chance. Buried treasure, hidden jems, they are all out there. Location is no gaurentee of success or failure, the dirt encrusted stone or nugget could be anywhere. You get it where you find it, then try and polish it.
In another context, has the carboot sale to antiques road show senario taught you nothing. I paid a couple of quid for it I thought it looked nice.
He's on a free, he wants to come, his wages will be less than that Idle waster (however good he is when he is fed) Yak.
If the most we get is some wages saved, 7 or so mill in the pot for said waster and a slightly improved bigger faster Marcus Bent, then we are quids in ffs.
WHATS NOT TO LIKE
Somebody a bit richer than me (almost everybody) can fork out the money for a train ticket to Huddersfield, but well worth the price for a world class left back.
11 Posted 29/05/2010 at 21:48:05
Good luck, Jermaine. Looking forward to having you!
12 Posted 29/05/2010 at 22:13:24
13 Posted 29/05/2010 at 22:22:44
Being from Leeds Ive seen a lot of him.
14 Posted 29/05/2010 at 23:00:38
In my opinion Beckford won't fit into any system Moyes plays though. He can't play with Saha as they both like to play deep. He's not a Yakubu type play that will get on the end of crosses. I wonder where he's going to fit into our team? I'll just have to hope he's another Cahill or Jagielka but it's a big risk.
15 Posted 30/05/2010 at 01:15:31
16 Posted 30/05/2010 at 01:40:12
So you suggest we sell our best players and replace them with Man City rejects. Oh I forgot...Stephen Ireland is better than Mikel Arteta according to you! And this would stop our 'negative' play... you know, some of the best stuff we have seen at GP for years during the 2nd half of this season.
Are you sure you are not working for Man City? Maybe it was you who started this Heitinga rumour as well? Why don't we just give them Heitinga + £16m and get Lescott back? Get a grip man.
17 Posted 30/05/2010 at 04:03:06
18 Posted 30/05/2010 at 08:41:38
19 Posted 30/05/2010 at 10:14:04
Give the bugger a chance.
20 Posted 30/05/2010 at 10:33:08
It's a no brainer in my opinion. Sign him up.
21 Posted 30/05/2010 at 11:52:11
He put Man United out of the cup and did it at Old Trafford. If he does that this season and nothing else in his Everton career, he'll be a legend in my eyes!
22 Posted 30/05/2010 at 12:14:03
My only concern is the message it's sending to the players; if you’re Arteta or Pienaar Heitinga et al and want to play in the CL, is this the sort of signing to inspire confidence in the future?
23 Posted 30/05/2010 at 13:28:46
Yes, I wish Everton didn't need to sell to buy but the truth is we do, as Kenwright won't put in any money. Fine, if they stay, they stay... great and we buy 4 quality players, I'd love that, but it's not going to happen.
24 Posted 31/05/2010 at 01:13:10
Aren't we counting chickens before they're hatched?
25 Posted 31/05/2010 at 12:33:03
26 Posted 31/05/2010 at 13:27:25
27 Posted 31/05/2010 at 13:42:33
The reason a lot of strikers don't translate their goals into the Premier League is that they don't have the physical attributes. In the Premier League, you need to be very fast, very big or very strong (as well as having the finishing skills). There are only very rare examples of strikers who can score goals without at least one of these elements (Sheringham springs to mind).
Beckford clearly has the finishing ability; he also looks like an athlete, which gives him a chance. He will be playing against a better calibre of opposition but equally, he will be playing with better players in the same shirt as him, better facilities and better supporters getting behind him won't hurt. Good luck to him.
28 Posted 01/06/2010 at 09:21:42
And yes, he is only the third best striker. Southampton's Rickie Lambert out-scored him with 37 goals and Norwich's Grant Holt scored more or less the same goals but is a better all-round player.
29 Posted 01/06/2010 at 12:42:50
30 Posted 01/06/2010 at 12:36:33
If Arteta and Pienaar go, so be it. It would be a sad loss but Moyes will replace them. I think we will see a much improved Bily next season his finish against Utd and Pompey = class and if we get Donovan after Xmas, all the better. Roll on the World Cup. Watch out for Australia and Tiny Tim.
31 Posted 01/06/2010 at 17:00:18
His attributes are pace, control and goal scoring awareness. He needs support to be a success... I reckon he will come good if we can keep our present squad, and I also see Anichebe or Saha as perfect foils for Beckford.
32 Posted 01/06/2010 at 16:38:39
What has surprised me is the negative remarks on mailbag, let's give the boy his head, and let him show us and the Premier what he can do.
33 Posted 01/06/2010 at 20:52:33
Yes, he does have some attributes that DM won't like but he'll stamp that out of him or he will be on his way. I think however that he will be ok; he does have an eye for goal and he certainly has pace.
He was certainly not League 1 material – much better than that – but let's give him a chance. He will no doubt get the exceptional welcome to Everton that we offer to all our new players and I'm sure he will thrive on that and Davey will work his magic on another lower league player... so let's make sure he gets our full support.
34 Posted 01/06/2010 at 21:51:35
35 Posted 02/06/2010 at 10:53:20
36 Posted 02/06/2010 at 13:35:29
I think the fact that he's free is a more than an overarching consideration in this one.
37 Posted 02/06/2010 at 14:56:06
I am generally quite happy to let Moyes get on with the recruitment, without worrying too much. He seems to get a fair bang for his buck in most deals. But christ, if we're considering swapping one of the most consistent top flight scorers for a 3rd tier Johnny Bigbollocks, then I won't be putting anything on us cracking the top-4 this season.
That'd leave us with 2 crocks in Saha and Vaughan, a distinctly average Anichebe, and a player who has proven absolutely nothing that would make even a Sheffield Wednesday fan get excited about signing him.
I really think that with a full pre-season after the World Cup, the Yak will find his shooting boots again. I'd go as far as saying that I wouldn't be surprised to see him take 1st choice spot from King Louis if he hits form. And if he's still around.
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