Oviedo staying put despite Sporting interest

30 August  17 Comments  [Jump to last]
Given the importance of his role as cover for Leighton Baines, Bryan Oviedo won't be leaving Everton on loan before the transfer deadline.

The Costa Rican was the subject of an approach from Sporting in Lisbon to take him on loan for the season but he admits that it would have been difficult for the Blues to let him go without further depth in that position.

"If I travelled here, it means I'm staying at Everton," he told CRHoy.com. "There were more rumours about leaving, but I knew it was a bit hard.

"I've just signed for three years with Everton and also we have only two left-backs at the club. They asked for me but I knew it was difficult.”

Oviedo is back home in Central America for the current international break.


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Michael Farrelly
1 Posted 30/08/2016 at 21:35:00
Shame it would have been nice to move him on. It scares me that he is our cover for Baines.

I can't get the Anfield 'train-wreck' out of my mind and the significant role Oviedo played in it.

Damian Wilde
2 Posted 30/08/2016 at 21:45:34
The main culprit at Anfield was the driver, Martinez.
Andrew James
3 Posted 30/08/2016 at 21:55:30

I have a theory about the Anfield nightmare. I think the players had started questioning some of our manager's interesting ideas about defending perhaps because there was a fear we could be made to pay by our lovely neighbours.

He sent them out there like lambs to the slaughter and players like Funes Mori and John Stones made some confusing exits on the night, maybe because they wanted to escape the carnage.

I don't agree with that behaviour but it aligns with rumours that Jags told RM we would dump his style of playing in the Cup semi. In that second half we went more direct and but for that shocking foul on Barkley might have been rewarded.

I see Bryan as a cracking player in his earlier days before the injury and as another who needs de-programming.

Ian Cowhig
4 Posted 30/08/2016 at 22:15:34
I agree, Andrew. I remember the games he played at LB when Baines was out. Just up to the leg break. He was out standing. And I thought it would be hard for Baines to get his place back.

Not got back anywhere near that standard since returning from that injury. And looked like he was running in treacle against RS. I am hoping that RK's training regime will get him back to the standard he was at.

Bill Gienapp
5 Posted 30/08/2016 at 22:26:05
"Another who needs deprogramming." Ha ha - perfectly put. Can't say Oviedo does that much for me, but perhaps he's salvageable.
John Mckay
6 Posted 30/08/2016 at 22:34:08
Couldn't we use him as a makeweight for Salimi?! Doesn't matter if we got a lack of left backs – we can play Funes Mori there if we get stuck and we get one of our loanees back in January.
Joe O'Brien
7 Posted 30/08/2016 at 22:41:10
I was thinking the exact same thing John... strong card to play along with the asking price... seems simple to me!
Andrew James
8 Posted 30/08/2016 at 22:44:44
Bill - I would say probably McCarthy, Oviedo and Cleverley are the ones needing de-programming. They all ran into Martinez at a formative point in their careers.

The likes of Jags and Barry can switch straight back because they are veterans who played various ways their entire careers.

I spent much of May and June in hospital but when I came round one of my first questions to my brother was whether we'd fired Martinez finally. Of course we had before I'd gone into hospital but my perception was he'd been in charge so long while being useless I still feared, high on morphine, we hadn't done the deed!

Andrew James
9 Posted 30/08/2016 at 22:56:22
I am biased probably because he joined and seemed a personable and hard working player. When he got his chance he did well including THAT GOAL and then had the terrible injury.

There was a time when Baines never got injured but as he's aged, he does miss games so the chances are we will need Oviedo. It would be great to see him prevail.

I don't see left back as an important role for us to buy a player for with Baines in it. We must bring in a centre forward though.

Colin Glassar
10 Posted 30/08/2016 at 23:15:57
Didn't Oviedo play at RB at mordor? I might be wrong.
Andrew James
11 Posted 30/08/2016 at 23:20:08
Colin – you are right as I just checked the BBC match report from the time and Baines was playing.
Don Alexander
12 Posted 30/08/2016 at 23:27:08
To me Brian deserves all of our support. His attitude is top notch, he has a good measure of ability and once he gets the benefit of the RK regime I believe he'll give real competition for the left back slot.
Ciarán McGlone
13 Posted 30/08/2016 at 23:34:25
Very good technical player who had a horrible injury and has been played all over the place... And does so without a single whinge.

Unfairly criticised.

Anthony Dwyer
14 Posted 31/08/2016 at 00:19:22
I'm not sure about this top attitude people have spouted about Oviedo, yes he plays in a few positions, and no he does not complain to the press, but he's never fit.

He has had a bad injury, but now he's always out, and when he plays he goes off injured.

Oviedo and Gibson need moving on for fit able players, or for Garbut and Davies.

Barry Jones
15 Posted 31/08/2016 at 03:34:53
Never been impressed with Oviedo, either defensively or offensively. He has way too many faults to correct and moving him on would be good.

The one player I would like to persevere with is Cleverley. His possession and passing stats are always good. I know stats are not everything but he hasn't had a lot of chances to play regularly and I would be curious to see what a fit and confident Cleverley could contribute.

Mike Gaynes
16 Posted 31/08/2016 at 04:59:00
Oviedo is pure class and one of my favorites. He was spectacular when deputizing for Baines before he was hurt – had the Goodison crowd singing "Oviedo Baby". Getting back to his best after such a massive injury was always going to take a long time. He's pacy, smart and knows how to get forward and create. He pressures crosses better than Bainesy. He's got a fantastic attitude, gives it all for the club. And he's only 26.

Amazes me that people blame him in any way for the disaster at Anfield. He was a left back playing right back... what would you expect?

That gamewinning goal at OT remains one of my very favorite memories ever as a Blue, and I'm absolutely delighted he's staying. Go Baby!

John Mckay
17 Posted 31/08/2016 at 07:32:46
I'm not saying he is a bad player or lacks attitude he is good and I like him. Just think left back is a position we got a lot of talented players, too many in fact, I know Galloway and Garbutt are on loan now but we need strikers badly!

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