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Godin latest defender to be linked

| Saturday, 30 May 2020 17comments  |  Jump to last

Everton are reportedly interested in bringing veteran defender Diego Godin to Goodison Park.

CalcioMercato are claiming that Inter Milan boss, Antonio Conte, doesn't see the Uruguayan international as a first-choice regular moving forward and that Manchester United and Everton are interested in his services.

Godin was an indispensable part of Atletico Madrid's success under Diego Simeone before moving to Italy last year.

Original Source: CalcioMercato  

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Tony Everan
1 Posted 30/05/2020 at 08:07:26
Probably bullshit, but who knows?

Always thought Diego Godin was one of the world's best centre backs. Tough as they come. Even at 34 years old he could be an asset playing alongside a player with some pace. He would get the defence organised and bring a bit more uncompromising hardness that we really do need. Especially defending set-pieces he could save us 5 goals a season. He would be really exposed to pace though and a lot premier league forwards would leave him for dead .

In this financial climate a loan deal for a season would be the only realistic and common sense route if Carlo really fancied it.

But, like I said, it's another one for the bulging bullshit file and,on the whole, it is not really progressive thinking is it. Brands was not brought in to sign geriatrics. Zouma, Gabriel would be more in tune with the club's strategy. We are meant to be building for the future, not plugging holes with 34-year-olds.

Bob Parrington
2 Posted 30/05/2020 at 08:13:09
The rumour mill has hit rock bottom now with this. No way we would go for a 34-year-old.
Eric Myles
3 Posted 30/05/2020 at 08:29:33
Give him a 5-year deal!!!!
Robert Tressell
4 Posted 30/05/2020 at 08:51:07
Really wouldn't be so surprised if Godin or Thiago Silva was brought in. Wages would be low. Maybe 1 year deal with option for 2nd year. We all complain (rightly) that we lack leaders. And Holgate, Gibson and Branthwaite won't learn a great deal from Keane or Mina. As long as we also add a bit of pace and energy to the side too then why not.
Michael O'Malley
5 Posted 30/05/2020 at 12:58:41
David Weir and Richard Gough were of a similar age when they arrived and they turned out great signings. I suppose you could include Stubbs as well but there are no guarantees Godin would be successful – although he was fantastic for Atletico Madrid.
Ray Said
6 Posted 30/05/2020 at 13:40:20
I watch all the Inter games and they have an outstanding centre-back partnership in Skriniar and De Vrij which is the only reason Godin isn't playing as much. Hard as nails, a proven winner at a high level and could be an inspiration and teacher to the whole squad and also have a vital role to play if we went with a back three at times.

We need a few around the place who know what it takes to actually win trophies. If it was a one-year deal and no fee, then I think it's worth the price.

Dave Abrahams
7 Posted 30/05/2020 at 13:59:40
Michael (5), David Weir and Alan Stubbs were very good signings, Stubbs especially. In Richard Gough's case, not so sure... in his first season, he really was outstanding, in the second one he hardly played.

Considering that Gough, in his own words, received the best wages of his career at Everton, then he basically got two years top wages for one year of playing: needs to be taken into consideration.

Jay Wood

8 Posted 30/05/2020 at 14:25:07
Dave, I think it may have been his debut game on the opening day of the season, but do you remember Waggy and Gough at the heart of our defence vs a rampant United in 1999?

Manchester United had Beckham, Scholes, Cole, Solskjaer and Yorke in their prime. Yorke scored within the opening 10 minutes. They were running riot.

But somehow, somehow, the know-how and craft of Watson and Gough kept them at bay. We equalised with a Stam own goal in the closing five minutes.

Both were 37-years-old. An accumulative age of 74!!! At the heart of defence in a Premier League game!!!

Throw into the mix that the 'young whippersnapper' 29-year-old David Weir, plus the still in his nappies Rhino Unsworth at 25 and your favourite Everton 'keeper of all time, Paul Gerrard at 26, made up the rest of the defence and the defence that day had an accumulative age of 154!!!

That has got to be some kind of record.

Robert Tressell
9 Posted 30/05/2020 at 15:11:28
Also, if we bring in Godin, it doesn't block the route to first team for Gibson or Branthwaite. If we sign someone younger (Todibo or Gabriel Maghaeles) then this leaves our young English prospects with a more uncertain future. So by so all means invest in youth, pace and quality in midfield and right-wing but maybe not needed at centre-half.
Pat Kelly
10 Posted 30/05/2020 at 15:58:05
God in heaven. What next?
Kevin O'Regan
11 Posted 30/05/2020 at 19:49:00
Javi Martinez of FC Bayern anyone? Strong and experienced defender who knows our Manager well... Also, a few years younger than Godin and needs to find a new club.
Sam Hoare
12 Posted 30/05/2020 at 21:03:32
Very high class defender. Could be an interesting partner for Holgate but surely him with Keane or Mina would be too flat-footed unless we were playing an attack shorn of pace.

Think it will all come down to financial considerations. With Gbamin's injury, I think we could be looking at the need for 2 central midfielders now. One ball winner and one box-to-boxer who can score goals.

Robert Tressell
13 Posted 30/05/2020 at 21:12:33
Martinez is a good player. Maybe not (yet) a specialist centre-half but why not? Noticed David Luiz is also going to be available. Not a fan ordinarily but you never know.

One or two like this plus the likes of Sangare, Diallo etc for modestly priced pace and physicality. Maybe it can come together.

Basically, I just can't stand the idea of watching us out-run and out-fought and taking it like good sports. Even under Moyes, we were far too nice.

Terry White
14 Posted 30/05/2020 at 22:02:20
I think you'll find that Gough was injured in his second season, Dave (#9). Thanks to Steve Johnson's blue bible, "Everton Results", he played 29 games in his first season (1999-2000) but only 9 in season 2 (2000-2001).

Since Davie Weir seems to have been the primary centre back in the latter season, with Unsie and perhaps Michael Ball also filling in, I think it's reasonable to assume Gough was injured. He also confirms this on the "Scottish" podcast available on the OS.

Tony Everan
15 Posted 31/05/2020 at 12:59:56
Midfield is where the money needs to be spent, so a shrewd centre-back loan signing may be necessary this window.

As Sam @12 says, there's a case for needing two central midfielders now that Gbamin needs up to 6 months. I think one will definitely come in and a second will if we can encourage two (or three) of our current midfielders to move on as they are not in Carlo's plans.

Maybe someone Carlo knows and trusts or anyone with top quality (Bakaria, Allan, or Pellegrini?) plus a more speculative buy on a young up-and-coming midfielder like Sangare who may be affordable.

If Mr Brands can do some clever business and offload or trade Walcott and Bolasie, then get in Buendia, he would really be earning his money then.

It's a strange time but that doesn't mean there will be good strengthening opportunities for Brands to explore. A few signings along the lines of the above could see progress and move us up a level.

Tom Bowers
16 Posted 31/05/2020 at 13:12:00
I agree the midfield is the area that needs to be top notch and Everton's isn't. Injuries and inconsistency continue to be a problem but in truth they really haven't had the best players in that area for many years.

Good ball winners, distributing and foraging runs are a key to success not congregating behind the ball and waiting for the opposition to cough up possession.

Everton's midfield continually make far too many mistakes and that allows the opposition to have too much possession.

Duncan McDine
17 Posted 31/05/2020 at 13:13:23
2 years ago, he'd be in everyone's list of the top 5 defenders in the world (probably my first choice actually). If I'm honest, I don't know if it would work bringing him to Everton aged 34 – any transfer is a gamble, but I'd certainly be interested to see.

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