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The story of Everton's Bryan Oviedo

10/09/2014  Comments (12)  jump
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Kevin Elliott
1 Posted 10/09/2014 at 18:16:12
Personally I can't wait for him to be fit again.
Fantastic attitude and a great player.
Norman Merrill
2 Posted 11/09/2014 at 12:38:06
I can't wait for Bryan to make the first eleven again, as soon as possible, good luck.
Peter Bell
3 Posted 11/09/2014 at 13:25:35
The thing that bugs me, is that you have to ask yourself the question about the scouting system.

How do these little-known European teams manage to pick up these South American players like Oviedo, James Martinez, and (need I say it?) the other horrible rat boy who used to play for the RS?

Phil Sammon
4 Posted 11/09/2014 at 13:37:54
Peter Bell,

That is the stupidest comment I've read all day.

Do you really expect every good player to be immediately gathered by a 'top side' as soon as they hit 16?

Phil Walling
5 Posted 11/09/2014 at 13:40:29
He hardly got a look in under Moyes – who signed him – and my only memory of him in his first season here was that horrible night at Leeds.

It's difficult to know where he could be accommodated now but Bryan looked well accomplished when Martinez tried him wide-right.

Dominic Tonge
6 Posted 11/09/2014 at 14:38:36
The reason that Bryan has been welcomed into the fold to such an extent is in my opinion his attitude. In modern football we have teenage kids who are millionaires before they are first-team regulars and sign a contract then automatically think they are mega stars.

Bryan has come to the club, embraced the fan base: he utilised multimedia platforms such as Twitter etc to show his passion for his new team and fans. He hasn't gobbed off in the press when not in the team, he trained hard and waited for his chance. Always it seems with a smile on his face because he seems to be aware that he is at a great club an has a great opportunity.

He has been, since his injury as vocal about supporting the team and fans as we fans are, and has acknowledged the support offered by club and fans. He hasn't shirked his part in Everton charity events or EitC events. There is a clip of him singing "Oviedo Baby" on YouTube (in a slightly sheepish fashion). He seems to have realised that hard work pays off. And we Everton fans will give anyone who gives us 100% a fair crack of the whip. Basically he isn't some soppy cry-arse and he likes being part of the same thing we do.

On a secondary note, I am struggling to remember the last time a player had a chant before they had an Everton game under their belt. Who was the last?

I hope his recovery goes as well as it can. He deserves it. The example Bryan has set is one we should be proud of.

Nick Entwistle
7 Posted 11/09/2014 at 15:11:17
Peter Bell, the little known European team he came from were playing Champions League football, but the answer to your question lies in that it is very difficult for UK clubs to gain visas for players outside the EU.

And Phil, it was only injury and suspension that had Oviedo playing last season, and he was quickly benched again. But I agree, his talent is that of more than just another bench warmer.

Eric Myles
8 Posted 11/09/2014 at 15:28:08
"And we Everton fans will give anyone who gives us 100% a fair crack of the whip."

Unless their name is Osman or Hibbert.

Peter Bell
9 Posted 11/09/2014 at 16:13:17
Phil @4

I think it is you who missing the point. For a club like Everton who (allegedly) have no money, it is criminal that we do not target the South American market. Some of these players are sold for peanuts. In all of my time of watching the Blues, the best we have come up with is fuckin' Stracqualursi on loan, and he was only signed on the basis of videos.

Nick, so Copenhagen were playing in the Champions League... so what? So are Ludogorets, Maribor and Apoel. FFS, even Celtic get in it every year.

Nick, if getting a UK visa is the problem, how did we manage to sign the Stracq on deadline day? I think it was Porto who recently reported they had made €640M on transfers in the last 10 years, the vast majority of it through players sold on who originated from South America.

Andrew Ellams
10 Posted 11/09/2014 at 16:26:44
The Stracq held an Italian passport, which is not uncommon Argentina, check out the Argentine and Italian rugby teams.

Porto make their money by signing talented South Americans who then gain Portuguese citizenship much easier than UK, German etc and that gives them the passageway into the bigger leagues and Porto make the cash. ItÂ’s like footballÂ’s own people-trafficking system!

Nick Entwistle
11 Posted 12/09/2014 at 18:52:06
Peter, for all the people who say being in the Europa will be good for Everton's profile (maybe you do, or don't) at least Copenhagen are in the tournament that counts most. So, 'little known' as you call them? Maybe. Attractive? Definitely.

And yes, it's specific UK law on how none-EU footballers are eligible to play in this country, such as playing 70% of their nation's games in the previous two years etc.

This is not the case elsewhere in the EU. So much African talent in the Prem has come from Dutch, French and Belgian sides, while the South Americans come through Spain and Portugal.

So either Prem clubs get them when established as internationals, or not at all in their younger years.

Dominic Tonge
12 Posted 13/09/2014 at 21:16:39
Eric, I would say we have given Hibbo and Osman a fair crack of the whip, I reckon the 19,000 fans turning out for Ozzie’s testimonial show that. I sadly couldn’t make the game, but was one of the fans who attended Hibbo’s.

Incidentally, the celebration of his goal (okay... pitch invasion) made it onto Brazilian TV, under the heading "Hibbert, bigger than Pele?"... basically saying Pele had to wait for 1000 goals for his pitch invasion, Hibbo.... one. The whole "If Hibbo scores, we’ll riot" thing and the 17,500 who went and saw Hibbo doing his Beckhamesque party piece (okay, a tad far-fetched) would count as a fair crack of the whip, no?

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