Given our paltry spending during the summer, it looks as if we will be scouring the loan market of Europe once again, but if you look closer to home it will become apparent that it won't need a billionaire owner for Everton to pick up some exciting players that could change us from a team maybe ending up in mid-table obscurity to possibly earning a place in Europe again and having an exciting cup run.
So let's have a look at some people who I feel could benefit us greatly and hopefully wouldn't have Bill Kenwright breaking out in cold sweats at night!
Shay Given (Man City) ? One of the best goalkeeper's in Europe, wants to leave his club for regular first team football and may be available for loan. Tim Howard's form this season has been worrying and he has cost us a few points due to his mistakes, A goalkeeper is not a priority but keepers of Given's quality don't become available very often.
Shaun Wright-Phillips (Man City) ? He could be the answer to our right side of midfield problems. He has pace, is a good dribbler and scores goals. Again, he is available and I think Man City will be happy for him to leave.
Roque Santa Cruz (Man City) ? Don't worry, I'm not trying to turn us into Man City reserves! I think Santa Cruz is a good centre forward but has been totally frozen out by Roberto Mancini. Mark Hughes is no mug and it took him £18 million to sign him from Blackburn where he scored 23 goals in the 2007-08 season,
Robbie Keane (Spurs) ? Flopped at Liverpool but everyone knows he is a quality player and Moyes has wanted him in the past. Would add some much needed pace and intelligence to our forward line.
Stephen Ireland (Aston Villa) ? A superb player on his day, I was surprised Man City got rid of him but he hasn't had the best of times at Villa and I'm not sure Gerard Houllier fancies him. He would probably be glad for a fresh start somewhere else.
Niko Kranjcar (Spurs) ? Someone we have been linked with in the past few days and maybe we could do a swap deal for him involving Steven Pienaar? It would make sense for all parties if Pienaar isn't staying.
Obviously we can't sign all of these players and I am sure Moyes has drawn up his own shortlist but I think even just a couple of new addition's could give everyone a lift and change our season. Now, where's Bill's cheque book?!
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1 Posted 07/12/2010 at 20:27:33
On form, you'd look at the big Swede from Bolton for a nominal fee or free transfer in the summer and dump one of those many mis-firing forwards.
I can see us going in for Hammill or the lad from Tranmere for a cheap squad option, plus Donovan on loan.
i hope we don't go in for Steven Taylor if Heitinga does go as he is awful. I don't think we'd go in for any of the above as the wages would be a problem. Moyes tends to buy abroad also ? the winger from PSV?
2 Posted 07/12/2010 at 20:29:30
It's a good attempt, mate, and all those you list would add something but we know what's going to happen in January, don't we? Two words... the second is "all".
3 Posted 07/12/2010 at 20:33:19
SWP: low on confidence but would still break our budget. I think his time has gone and his delivery has been awful for ages.
Santa Cruz: do we really need another injury-prone striker? The guy hardly plays.
Keane: a possibility but again he think he is past his peak. Loan or a free, yes.
Ireland: we are overloaded with central midfielders. Was good for City, I agree... but we need balance in the side and he is not the answer.
Kranjcar: now you are talking... I think he is far too good to be in Spurs Reserves. Makeweight in the Pienaar deal? I would like him at Goodison.
All I want for Xmas is Landon back...
4 Posted 07/12/2010 at 20:35:21
It was mentioned on here the other day, that we wouldn't be able to go in for Kranjcar, because we haven't got the £3M it would take to get him; the players you mention would be going up for sale for a lot more than £3M.
At the end of the day, we haven't got a pot to piss in mate.
5 Posted 07/12/2010 at 20:51:15
6 Posted 07/12/2010 at 20:57:28
7 Posted 07/12/2010 at 21:00:00
I personally would not want to see us go after any of those outfield players. None of them in my opinion are any better than what we have already. In my opinion, SWP is one of the most overrated players ever. His final ball always seems to be the wrong choice.
Shay Given is a good keeper but we would never be able to afford his wages. I know it is easier said than done but I think, if we could just get one of our strikers back to top form, we will rise up that table fairly quickly.
8 Posted 07/12/2010 at 21:02:23
We should ask old Arry at Spurs if he'll do a Chris Kringle for Kranjcar and Pienaar. Go back and ask West Ham if they want the Yak for £2.5M and see if anyone will take Saha off our wage bill for free.
Beg Donovan to go another loan and get Manny Fernandes back. Oh yeah, flog Johnny and Yobo as well and buy a striker that knows where the net is.
9 Posted 07/12/2010 at 21:35:46
Sadly, though, I think we are in for a January of false hope, when ultimately we will have nobody new to show for our 'efforts'.
Landon would be a bonus if he decides that he is up for another off-season of Premier League footy!!!
10 Posted 07/12/2010 at 21:27:22
Kranjcar would be a great signing, not an out-and-out winger but can play on the left, right or in the middle. Also, at 26, he still has a lot to offer.
If Pienaar really wants to leave, I would thank him for his hard work and trade for Kranjcar. The guy's got bags of skill, more so than Pienaar, IMO.
I just hope DM does something!
11 Posted 07/12/2010 at 22:43:51
12 Posted 07/12/2010 at 23:12:02
13 Posted 07/12/2010 at 23:02:05
It is a real problem. It needs sorting and it needs sorting in January!
If nothing is done, then in Moyes I shall no longer trust.
14 Posted 07/12/2010 at 23:41:27
I reckon Landon will be the only incoming and if he's not up for it, Moyes may break the bank to land Hammill or some other Championship winger for £1.5M.
My (relatively realistic) dream team for January (with Cahill away) is:
Coleman Jags Distin Baines
Donovan Rodwell Fellaini Kranjcar
Reckon if Becks can find his shooting boots then that would be a pretty tasty line-up, with Arteta, Rodwell and Fellaini rotating in the support striker role as needed.
15 Posted 08/12/2010 at 00:32:00
The rest of the money should be spent on hiring Johnny Wilkinson or Dan Carter to give the rest of the squad an almighty kick up the arse!!!
16 Posted 08/12/2010 at 01:05:45
Also, I'm fucking bored of hearing blues banging on and on and on about Donovan. Yes, he did well during his loan spell but you'd think he was Maradona the way some talk about him.
17 Posted 08/12/2010 at 01:38:56
I'd much rather get rid of one or two and scrape all our pennies to get Adam Johnson or another top quality player.
We've seen enough of journeymen average players.
Still don't know who'll cover for Cahil in Jan though!!
18 Posted 08/12/2010 at 02:01:28
19 Posted 08/12/2010 at 02:20:59
Play him in his preferred, proper position and see how he does. If he lays an egg, off-load him in the summer.
Play a guy in his proper position and weigh the result? What an ingenious idea! How come we never do that? Hmmmm......
Ditch Heitinga as well. Dump Saha. Use those funds to find a striker. Then shoot up the table.
20 Posted 08/12/2010 at 02:51:29
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22 Posted 08/12/2010 at 05:30:16
23 Posted 08/12/2010 at 08:13:37
24 Posted 08/12/2010 at 09:03:13
25 Posted 08/12/2010 at 09:18:37
26 Posted 08/12/2010 at 09:30:42
27 Posted 08/12/2010 at 09:47:32
28 Posted 08/12/2010 at 09:49:17
29 Posted 08/12/2010 at 09:55:16
30 Posted 08/12/2010 at 10:09:16
Mark Hughes no mug!!!!!!!! ? Jo £18 million; Lescott £24 million... doh doh doh
I dont want any of them ?they would not improve our team, just rape it of money.
31 Posted 08/12/2010 at 10:21:32
He'll be like having a new signing!
32 Posted 08/12/2010 at 10:41:53
The chance of us spending any money is zero.
33 Posted 08/12/2010 at 10:30:09
Let's take two examples of players you've named ; SWP & Kranjcar. Both would cost a minimum of about £3M each & the club was quoted this week as not being able to afford that price tag for a player.
Secondly wages: SWP's father was quoted in the summer as saying City's £70k a week offer to his son was derisory & they felt 'Mugged off' by it. I doubt we'd offer anywhere near that.
Your best bet for January is to cross your fingers in the hope that Bill doesn't cash in on Rodwell, just to keep the Goodison lights on!
34 Posted 08/12/2010 at 10:48:20
I guess £65,000 per week is quite an incentive to keep your mouth shut!
35 Posted 08/12/2010 at 10:58:03
36 Posted 08/12/2010 at 11:11:44
Imagine the wage bill in here?
37 Posted 08/12/2010 at 11:27:15
38 Posted 08/12/2010 at 11:52:34
We would have to cover the wages but surely to god after spending £1 million in the summer we can afford somebody's wages for a few months? If not, then we are well and truly screwed!
39 Posted 08/12/2010 at 12:29:26
40 Posted 08/12/2010 at 12:31:39
How true. When you say play Bily in his proper position, and see how he shapes up, and that does not just refer to him. There is one or two who have been played like that, what next? Howard up front?
41 Posted 08/12/2010 at 12:54:23
42 Posted 08/12/2010 at 13:09:05
That's exactly the point I was trying to make, has Moyes got the bottle to stand up to Billy Liar and try and force the issue, or is he the spineless asshole we know him as!
43 Posted 08/12/2010 at 12:59:39
44 Posted 08/12/2010 at 13:10:55
45 Posted 08/12/2010 at 13:32:39
None of the players mentioned are:
A) On low enough wages
B) Within Moyes's ideal age group (younger than 27 years old)
B) 100% necessary (I would suggest in Moyes's opinion).
I would rather see him go and get Adam Hammill who is a Liverpool born (and unfortunately supporting) young winger (either side although not sure if two-footed) who is doing very well in the Championship for Barnsley.
Just one young, decent attacking player like that would bring a smile to my face.
46 Posted 08/12/2010 at 13:20:01
Whilst I admire your optimistic hopefulness ? "Surely to god after spending only £1 million we can afford someones wages?" ? I suspect any spare pennies we had went on the long term contracts signed & meeting any revenue shortfalls due to the recession & our poor form. I'm so pissed off this season that I've not been to Goodison since August & the number of mailshots, calls & emails from ticketing suggest they are struggling badly to sell some games.
Matt (42#) ? Yes, when he signed on the dotted line, he accepted the Kenwright agenda, but I guess we all would for that money. Those two are made for each other like 'Peaches & Cream' ... or 'Flies & Shit'!
47 Posted 08/12/2010 at 13:41:30
Moyes clearly lacks ambition ? who can blame him, sitting comfortably on his useless fat arse collecting £65k every week?
Why oh why would we want Beckham or Donovan!!!!!! These are over-the-hill players.
Moyes is clueless, Round is Moyes's lapdog or puppet... and Beckford is not and will not be the answer to our goal drowt.
48 Posted 08/12/2010 at 13:44:19
The club once known as the Bank of England club is now the Bankrupt of England club. Thanks, Mr Kenwright.
Isn't it time Moyes stopped pandering to this useless gobshite?
49 Posted 08/12/2010 at 13:52:12
50 Posted 08/12/2010 at 14:30:34
51 Posted 08/12/2010 at 15:27:25
52 Posted 08/12/2010 at 15:50:14
53 Posted 08/12/2010 at 16:34:52
54 Posted 08/12/2010 at 16:54:07
Moan about lack of money, why? He knows the score after 9 years. (The £65k probably does help mind you!)
55 Posted 08/12/2010 at 20:37:20
56 Posted 08/12/2010 at 20:40:28
There will be a couple of players out but I very much doubt a single arrival! Best we can hope for is a half-fit Donovan on loan again!
57 Posted 09/12/2010 at 00:13:25
58 Posted 09/12/2010 at 01:20:40
Apparently not; didn't someone famously say that "you don't need 50 million Quid to buy a 50 million Quid player"?
59 Posted 09/12/2010 at 01:40:42
60 Posted 09/12/2010 at 02:04:08
He plays for Anderlecht and he is 17 years old, Drogba-esque build and fast considering he's 6'-3"!
Come on, Bill, splash the cash, man!
61 Posted 09/12/2010 at 11:19:40
Dreaming a bit there I think. That lad looks like he's going to be an absolute beast, but he's widely coveted by the usual suspects. Chelsea, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Inter were the last linked with him so I don't think we would be able to compete even if they were giving him away for free.
Anyway, as he's only 17 ? Moyes would pull his misguided mollycoddling act and only let the lad out to play for the last ten minutes here and there.
62 Posted 09/12/2010 at 16:00:04
Seriously, I wouldn't be sorry to see the back of Saha or the Yak.
63 Posted 10/12/2010 at 11:11:03
64 Posted 11/12/2010 at 02:10:56
Sometimes players become what I'd call complacent, because they know no one can replace them.
For me a choice between Given and Howard? Sorry, Given wins every single time for me. Mucha is poor to very poor.
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