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This time, we examine the checkered Everton career of another player that Roberto Martinez brought in during that very good first season with the club. But this was one who never really came close to repaying the faith expressed in him, nor the remarkable salary Everton paid him for an astound 4½-year contract that yielded just one goal in 23 starts.
A slightly more in-depth recollection of another strange episode in Everton's recent chequered history with talented foreign stars, that of the wonderful talent who was fondly remembered as 'Manny'
The mystery here is: why could we not keep Eric Dier? Why didn't he even make it into the Everton first team?
Among a number of accusations made against him during the season, one comment that cropped up more than a couple of times claimed that David Unsworth had been padding his Under-23 squad with older players who should have been let go.
The list of prospective candidates for this Mystery Men series has been somewhat pre-empted in comments on #2: Rodrigol. But no compilation of this ilk could proceed without a salute to one of the greatest wastes of space in Everton history, a man whose name continues to pop up more than 10 years after he finally left the club.
Everton's first Brazilian signing was secured by David Moyes on a rather generous £1.25 million temporary loan in July 2002. After adotpting the misleading moniker 'Rodrigol', a compromised knee condition would limit him to just 4 sub appearances for the Blues.
An occasional series celebrating Everton players of the recent past that may have already faded from your memory. The first is Joao Silva, a young Portuguese U20 International that David Moyes snapped up but then never played in the first team.
Anthony Gordon had already played for the Everton first team, set me thinking about what happened to the full squad of players who appeared with him on that warm sultry night in Cyprus,
Perhaps I'm alone in finding something deeply dysfunctional about Uefa's reaction to the Turkish team's so-called 'military' salute in recognition of their troops in Syria.
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