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Fenerbahce part ways with Yobo

29/08/2014  Comments (13)  jump
After spending time on loan at Norwich last season, the ex-Everton defender is released by the Turkish club due to restrictions over the number of foreign players they are allowed on their books at any one time.

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Simon Smith
1 Posted 30/08/2014 at 09:12:05
I had forgotten that he was only on loan with Norwich and had gone back to Fenerbahce. Yet another player that finds out the hard way that the grass is not always greener elsewhere.
Peter Bell
2 Posted 30/08/2014 at 09:18:46
Simon, Yobo has found his level; I never ever rated him. Another example of a manager buying a player who had a couple of good games in the World Cup. The history of football is littered with them: Poborsky, Babb (or should I say Bad?), Amokachi...
Sam Hoare
3 Posted 30/08/2014 at 09:25:49
Disagree Peter. Yobo was a brilliant defender for us at times. His pace to recover after a season of Gough and Weir was a revelation and he laid the foundation for Moyes stringent team that got to the champions league on the back of a lot of 1-0 wins.

He was always prone to the odd calamitous lapse of concentration but was nonetheless a rock for most of the time and one of my favourite Everton players of the Moyes era.

Peter Bell
4 Posted 30/08/2014 at 09:34:07
Sam, we must have been watching two different players.

No composure on the ball, hoof it anywhere, no awareness of what was happening around him, and finally passing the ball across the box to a Man Utd forward to score just sums him up.

To say he was OFM's first-ever signing just sums up OFM.

Jon Withey
5 Posted 30/08/2014 at 09:38:09
Thought he was a brilliant player myself, incredibly athletic and seemed to get himself out of some impossible situations using that ability.
Peter Bell
7 Posted 30/08/2014 at 09:41:53
Jon, what did you think of him refusing to play away to Benfica, because he had a cut on his head forcing us to play Hibbert at Centre Half?

If he was as good as posters on this forum suggest, why did none of the top teams in this country or Europe come in for him?

He is in my worst-ever Everton 11 – next to Sheitinga as captain.

Andrew Ellams
8 Posted 30/08/2014 at 09:50:28
A good signing for where the club was at when he arrived but nowhere near as good as the likes of Jags and Lescott that ultimately pushed him out of the team.
Sam Hoare
9 Posted 30/08/2014 at 09:51:35
Peter, if you don't think he was a decent defender, I think you will find yourself in the minority.

He wasn't a ball player, though I remember him bringing the ball out on occasion and gassing past several players in the process.

He did suffer from lapses of concentration and I'm not saying he was a world class centre back but he was fantastic for us and helped turn a relegation flirting team into one that managed 4th in the Premier League. As you say, fittingly the first signing of OFM.

Peter Bell
10 Posted 30/08/2014 at 10:03:04
Sam;

" I remember him bringing the ball out on occasion and gassing past several players in the process"

You couldn't quote me the games and the players, could you? I am struggling to remember and now worrying that we are talking about the same player.

Eric Myles
11 Posted 30/08/2014 at 10:09:26
Simon #1, it's not like Yobo agitated for a move on to 'something better'. He'd served his usefulness for us and we sent him out on loan to Fenerbace to get his wages off our books.
Sam Hoare
12 Posted 30/08/2014 at 10:12:15
Peter, I know your being facetious but I can barely remember the specifics of matches played last week!

I'm not claiming he was the Nigerian Rio Ferdinand and it happened sporadically at the best but I do recall him stepping out on occasion and having the pace to suddenly get away from whichever attacker was half heatedly closing him down. The lad was rapid in his prime and dominant in the air. To be honest I would take Yobo at his peak right now. We wouldn't be conceding so many set pieces!

Colin Glassar
13 Posted 30/08/2014 at 10:18:30
I used to like Big Joe but his concentration issues were always a worry. That and forgetting to tie his bootlaces BEFORE the game.
Mark Pierpoint
14 Posted 30/08/2014 at 10:31:07
Peter Bell, you must be joking, Heitinga and Yobo in a worst XI? Neither were world beaters, no, but neither would get anywhere near that team. Sure any of Li Wiefeng, Anthony Gardner or maybe Matteo Ferrari may have something to say about this....

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