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Harry Wallace
1 Posted 22/03/2020 at 09:23:03
He nows plays for Chinese club Nantong Zhiyun FC as a striker having played for many clubs since leaving Everton.
Paul Birmingham
2 Posted 22/03/2020 at 10:00:49
This case of a player bought and never getting close makes you wonder.

Under Marcel, hopefully there will be no more pot shots. Looking back you can't help but think we bought players for the sake of it on the off chance he may come good.

I wonder if the club catalogues all their purchases now in terms of playing style, personality and cost etc..

Surely after Davy Klaassen, Niasse, etc, EFC has learnt its lessons?

Martin Reppion
3 Posted 22/03/2020 at 11:01:48
It seems joining Everton as a young foreign player is a guarantee of social isolation. Players can look good but the move may not work out for many reasons.

Personality is a strong one. Away from the influences that helped get him notice, some may struggle. The social groups they get into can change the motivation. the different surroundings can overwhelm people.

This doesn't just happen at football. many students struggle in their first year at university only to change location and career course and thrive later.

With the money in the game now this should happen less often. Players can bring a friend with them, or fly home for a weekend. We will see. But, whatever happens, I am sure we will continue to kiss a lot of frogs for the occasional prince.

John Raftery
4 Posted 22/03/2020 at 11:05:54
This guy had definitely faded from my memory. Every club takes a speculative chance on a player now and again. A £500k punt is one thing. The money paid for the likes of Niasse is entirely another.
Tony Everan
5 Posted 22/03/2020 at 11:08:14
Another wayward gamble albeit a small one this time, our scoutIng system seem to have had a poor strike rate in the past. Names out of a hat may have fared better.

With Moyes's style of play, there was never a sniff for him. Good on him though for making a career out of it with some very decent wages I bet too.

Dave Abrahams
6 Posted 22/03/2020 at 11:59:19
Like you, Michael, I can't remember anything about this lad. I was thinking about the wing-half who played in a League Cup versus Leeds, was his name Junior Silva?
Chris Williams
7 Posted 22/03/2020 at 13:55:51
So that’s what he looks like.
Joe McMahon
8 Posted 22/03/2020 at 15:09:28
Yup, another Moyes classic, Scott Spencer from oldham never played one game for us.
Gavin Johnson
11 Posted 23/03/2020 at 00:15:03
He was apparently scouted and recommended by Nuno Valente. I was slightly surprised he wasn't given any sort of chance. I seem to remember that he was 2nd highest scorer in the Portuguese Championship when he had his first professional season before signing for us. He's had an okay career. Playing for teams like Bari in Italy
Kenn Crawford
12 Posted 23/03/2020 at 05:32:59
I saw him play for us over here in Australia in 2010 when EFC toured. He played against Brisbane and was bloody useless.
Robert Tressell
13 Posted 23/03/2020 at 12:18:28
The main reason he didn't make it is that he's not very good. 2nd tier in Portugal is not a high standard. Expect fraser hornby might get a similar return at that level.

Jo on the other hand really was a quality player until he lost motivation. Then he became the powder puff player you describe.

Tom Bowers
14 Posted 23/03/2020 at 12:57:40
Consistency is the key not just the occasional bright spot.
Players like Silva who have so many clubs obviously have a problem settling in one place but who knows what the real answer is.

With a few Portuguese coaches around in the Prem. now, one wonders if he would have done better ( Wolves for example).

Mick Davies
15 Posted 23/03/2020 at 16:24:00
Whatever happened to Rodrigo?
Brian Wilkinson
16 Posted 24/03/2020 at 21:34:01
Even Glen Keeley played 32 mins more than this guy.
Brian Wilkinson
17 Posted 24/03/2020 at 21:35:29
Here's an interesting read about a Glen Keeley.

“I signed on the Thursday, played in the reserves on the Saturday, and that was the first game I'd had in six months because I'd been in dispute with the club.

“Howard was desperate to change things and we had a practice game on the Monday. It went quite well and on the Tuesday he said, ‘I'm playing you Saturday against Liverpool'. And when he said that, I thought, ‘don't be silly'. It was miles too soon because I wasn't match fit. I needed more games under my belt. At the time I'd had a summer break, which was longer in those times, and then when I went back, Blackburn wouldn't let me train, I was training on my own.

“So I was nowhere near natural game fit and, although the reserve game went okay, it was a reserve team game, and there's massive difference between that and playing in what at that time was, and still is now, an unbelievably competitive, high-level derby.

“At the time Liverpool were clearly the best side in Europe and probably the world, but Howard always said to me, ‘you're a big game player', which I was. I enjoyed the big games and got myself up for them. However, I just knew I would struggle.

“But I knew with Howard he wasn't the sort of man you'd say No to, but even my wife said, ‘You can't play in that game, you need a few more games'.

“But I took a chance and that year they brought in the professional foul. I had no knowledge of it because I hadn't played that season and when I pulled Dalglish back, I honestly expected to get a booking. So, when I get sent off, it came as a shock to me."

Dave Abrahams
18 Posted 24/03/2020 at 22:11:51
Brian (17), good summary of what happened to Glen Keeley when he made his debut and only game for Everton. Keeley was a top class centre-half and proved it many times over before and after he left Everton, that one game was totally down to Howard Kendall, as your piece shows, Brian.

That game wasn't just a disaster for Keeley, Southall was dropped and sent out on loan, and a couple of other players were dropped after that 5-0 walloping. Howard made quite a lot of mistakes before he turned it round and gave us four glorious seasons.

Brian Wilkinson
19 Posted 24/03/2020 at 22:24:07
Not sure if it is on Howard's Way DVD, Derek Mountfield suffered a fit, he mentioned it to Kendall who thanked him and said not to worry, We will not discuss it outside the office.

Two months later, Kendall signed Dave Watson and that was the end for Mountfield.

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