I have tended to avoid discussions about Landon Donovan and a return to Everton because I never really believed it would happen. But, as I was taking my annual look at Facebook, I came across Landon's latest post.
"Just got back from a long walk along the beach with my dogs. Hard to imagine that this season began for me on January 1st with so much promise and ended so abruptly last night. It's been the best year of my life, and it wouldn't be the same without all your love. To the Everton fans, the US National Team fans and the Galaxy fans, thanks for being a part of so many memorable moments in my life. Much love"
I then looked at the comments and was astounded at how many were from Evertonians. I had expected, at best, half Blue, half Galaxy. But no ? this was nearly all Everton, and it got me thinking.
Apart from his on-the-pitch contribution, how much good would the return of Landon Donovan do to the feeling around Goodison? Would the atmosphere at home games improve with crazy chants of 'USA USA'? Would fans start to forget some of the low points because LD had come home.
Or would it just be another bust like the second coming of Gravesen?
Steve Pugh, Posted 16/11/2010 at 13:35:06
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1 Posted 16/11/2010 at 14:50:21
Ironically his previous position for us (RM) may well be the least of our concerns then with Coleman doing well and Anichebe presumably recovered by then. Maybe Moyes might put him up front, we need someone to score some goals!!
2 Posted 16/11/2010 at 14:51:51
3 Posted 16/11/2010 at 14:41:59
But I think I would be happy to see him back, though would it be to buy or on loan again? I would be concerned about shedding out a load of cash on a 29-year-old. I do think something is needed right now, all the optimism we had at the start of the season has dissipated somewhat, in this strange season.
Strange in some of the results which are popping up, who had Chelsea to lose to Sunderland 0-3? Anyway, back to the point, bring him back but at a reasonable price please?
4 Posted 16/11/2010 at 15:43:17
5 Posted 16/11/2010 at 15:47:09
6 Posted 16/11/2010 at 16:39:06
Whatever the set up, he gets you out of the seat. I hope it happens.
7 Posted 16/11/2010 at 17:27:58
8 Posted 16/11/2010 at 17:31:22
Remind me! How many games did he play for us again?
He's not the messiah ? just a half-decent player who played for us on loan once. Nice bloke, I'm sure... but come on!
9 Posted 16/11/2010 at 17:50:07
10 Posted 16/11/2010 at 17:59:38
11 Posted 16/11/2010 at 18:22:06
The fact of the matter is that we can't afford to sign Landon Donovan. If we could, we would have, I am sure.
Landon's love for Everton, and the fans love of him, makes no difference if there are not the finances to do something. That's the real world.
...and back in the room...!
12 Posted 16/11/2010 at 19:10:17
13 Posted 16/11/2010 at 19:27:01
I can't bear 3 months of Landon Donovan posts!!!
14 Posted 16/11/2010 at 19:50:23
15 Posted 16/11/2010 at 20:50:20
16 Posted 16/11/2010 at 22:20:11
17 Posted 17/11/2010 at 00:46:08
It has to be better than the "after you, no.. after you..." attitude to shooting we have currently.
He is direct, skillful and scores goals... Duh ? Straight swop for Pienaar or even Bily? Yeah I would take it.
18 Posted 17/11/2010 at 00:23:25
Last season's short loan spell served a dual purpose for the wide-headed wingman: it enabled him to maintain his fitness prior to the World Cup, and also offered the chance to prove to himself that he could actually cut it in a proper league following his previous poor experience in Europe.
What's he going to get out of it this time? The chance of a permanent move if he impresses again? No, if a deal was ever going to happen there, then surely last summer was the time.
19 Posted 17/11/2010 at 01:36:43
1. Galaxy would want to keep him to win the MLS League and play in the World Club Championship which wouldn't finish until January.
2. Because LD would want to show loyalty to Galaxy and help them achieve 1.
So, now his season is over, he's got a couple of months holiday until the January window opens ? there's maybe a good chance that he would choose us over anyone else.
20 Posted 17/11/2010 at 07:45:54
21 Posted 17/11/2010 at 12:07:15
Nick (10) hits the nail right on the head.
22 Posted 17/11/2010 at 13:22:59
In addition, where on earth do we get the evidence from that he is some extraordinary player? He is a reasonably talented footballer coming to the tail end of a career where he is capable of being any part of any longer term team rebuilding/planning. Of course he would be an acquisition for the short-term strength of the squad but are we saying that there is NOBODY in all the divisions of the British game capable of proving a better longer term proposition and thus in whom Everton could invest with some degree of confidence?
In the meantime, young Coleman looks to be an outstanding prospect for the right side of any midfield role and while we are at it why does the management not consider his progress as having implications for the left side of the team ? namely investing in a good left back and allowing Leighton Baines the freedom to exploit his natural attacking instincts on the left side of the same midfield?
It is clear for all to see that this young man has far too many technical gifts, allied to decent pace and natural offensive inclinations, to be limited simply to the defensive constraints of the full back position. Mr Pienaar could then be allowed to prise himself away from the "Everton fans who he loves so much".
23 Posted 17/11/2010 at 17:38:26
If it's a loan move, yes. If it's for the sort of money Galaxy are fantasizing about, no. He's not as good as Coleman and we're more in need of a striker and someone for the left.
24 Posted 18/11/2010 at 01:12:46
25 Posted 18/11/2010 at 10:42:47
This guy obviously enjoyed his time here last season and we enjoyed having him as he made such a big impact. And as we need some inspiration from somewhere at this time to get our season into a higher (more productive) gear, then why not?!
As some have said on here, the RM position which Seamus Colemen currently occupies may well not be our biggest problem at the moment as young Seamus is going a fine job, but Landon up front to score goals ? that's what we need, so get him back and hopefully he will provide the spark we are all seeking in this frustrating season to date.
26 Posted 18/11/2010 at 13:06:04
I must say I loved having him on the pitch and we were creating havoc down both wings... the crowd took to him and he took to us. Call him a pro or whatever swear word you can ? I honestly believe he fell in Love with Everton ? and the fans.
27 Posted 18/11/2010 at 14:30:41
"The executive functions of the frontal lobes involve the ability to recognize future consequences resulting from current actions, to choose between good and bad actions (or better and best), override and suppress unacceptable social responses, and determine similarities and differences between things or events. Therefore, it is involved in higher mental functions.
The frontal lobes also play an important part in retaining longer term memories which are not task-based. These are often memories associated with emotions derived from input from the brain's limbic system. The frontal lobe modifies those emotions to generally fit socially acceptable norms."
28 Posted 18/11/2010 at 19:12:00
I found this quote in the Peter Cushing electronic bible and what's the best way to use lightening manual circa 1924.
29 Posted 18/11/2010 at 21:04:49
30 Posted 18/11/2010 at 21:30:06
Let's go with "Practical Electronics and What's the Best Way to use Lightening" manual... although I don't recall a lobotomy being part of the good doctor's recipe for the bloke with a bolt through his neck. Are you on the merlot a little early tonite?!?!
31 Posted 18/11/2010 at 21:45:53
Michael, now I know you have a brain. Although past posts made me wonder... but for your information I think Shiraz goes down a little better. But don't forget just because I drink it doesn't mean that the undead in the boardroom at EFC don't drink it either. Which is why I'm glad I'm not bored!!
Long live this site.
32 Posted 19/11/2010 at 17:43:43
Personally, I hope / think come 6 weeks time he will decide to come back. Personally, I really hope he does as last season he offered and gave exactly what we needed.
It is abundantly clear that we need the same again; we haven't strengthened. It isn't just his performances that helped last year, it was the atmosphere he created and I haven't seen anyone taken to the Everton hearts like that for a long time, especially as we knew it would be a temporary thing. The effect of that crowd, matchday atmosphere and general feelgood can not be underestimated with regards to its effect on team performances.
Due to illness, I didn't get to the game in the last half of last season and hence I want to be there to see him for myself. I'm not ashamed to admit, I love the bloke.
33 Posted 19/11/2010 at 19:31:11
At this point in time, I'm trying to get my head round how the team would be with Donovan in a striking role and Seamus wide right.
34 Posted 20/11/2010 at 03:50:19
While I am taking the entire thing with a pinch of salt, I think Landon is waiting more for a permanent move rather than as loan deal...
Anyway who knows or really cares. I am not entirely convinced he would return in the new year, not if the rumors say he wants a more permanent move... and we can't afford the alleged £11M price tag.
35 Posted 20/11/2010 at 03:52:47
So, if Moyes wants to put Coleman back in defence at some point, I guess the only reason we'd take Landon back would be for the right midfield he vacated at the start of the year.
As you say, Landon is coming to the tail end of his career. I am not so convinced of that; the lad still has a few years more left in him, possibly even 7 or 8 years, depends on him really.
The other thing you mentioned, as answered previously: there may well be hot-shots down in the lower leagues, but let's face facts: if there really were any, the bigger clubs would have snapped them up already, since this new rule about so many homegrown players need to be in the squad... added to the fact even if there where any decent ones left, do you honestly think we could even afford them in today's climate and the fact once again we are skint to the eyeballs?
Landon could offer us a lot for a few months of the year... but I'd like to see him here fulltime, but and unless we can stump up the £11M, he won't be coming to us.
I'd like to see him come to us, because he can offer us abilities. While no Pele or any other top player you want, he brings pace down the wing, he generates a hell of an atmosphere around Goodison, which gets to the lads, and they play out of their skin. For me, it's no coincidence Everton picked up when Landon arrived..
36 Posted 20/11/2010 at 08:02:11
He comes across as a model pro, on the lines of a Phil Neville with his attitude to his chosen sport. He would be a fantastic addition to the squad on many fronts, especially if Tim Cahill is going to be missing in January for the Asian Cup.
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