Friday, August 18, 2017

David Moyes signing more of his ex-Everton players

Sunderland boss David Moyes is set to raid his former club Everton to sign Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson

I have to admit I used to like David Moyes and believe he was a good coach, as well as manager. However, he seems to have lost the plot in his roles as Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland boss.

At Everton, he signed some very good players for bargain fees. Now at Sunderland he is attempting to sign some of those same players, only this time they are five years older and not wanted by the Toffees.

Everton duo set to join Sunderland

What I am referring to is the fact that the Scot in his desperation to bring players in has according to Sky Sports agreed to sign out-of-favour Everton players Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson. It seems like the deals could be permanent ones as well.

That will come as music to the eyes of the Everton fans. The Toffees fans will have nothing against Oviedo or Gibson, but both are considered surplus to requirements at Goodison Park.

The Toffees under Ronald Koeman are trying to progress. They are trying to win trophies, which will not happen if players like Oviedo and Gibson are still at the club.

Spent a lot of time on the treatment table

Good luck to David Moyes. If he can keep the pair injury free then he deserves all the relative success he gets in the north east. When Gibson arrived at Everton from Manchester United he was still considered a player with immense potential.

He had played a bit for the Red Devils but was never quite good enough to become a regular at Old Trafford. His resulting Everton career has been a story of injury after injury. He cannot seem to stay fit for more than five minutes.

Granted when you can get him on a football pitch he does have a decent range of passing. However, getting him on the pitch is the trick. If Moyes can do that he may be able to get something out of the Republic of Ireland international.

Oviedo has also suffered injuries. The Costa Rican has struggled to break into the team due to the presence of Leighton Baines at left-back. He can also play on the left side of midfield, but Everton have been well covered on the wings during his time on Merseyside.

Everton fans have not seen anything in the full-back that suggests that he will be a Premier League star of the future. However, they will always be grateful to the Costa Rican for his winner at Old Trafford against Moyes’ United.

Odds against Sunderland staying up

Sunderland are accustomed to being regarded as relegation favourites. The Black Cats seem to have ridden their luck in recent years when it has come to staying up. Maybe they have had their nine lives and this season they will finally take the plunge into the Championship.

Moyes side are currently favourites to be relegated at odds of 1/6 this season. Their odds are understandable considering they seem to lack any sort of quality, confidence or organisation in their team.

Their boss is definitely shopping in the bargain basement with his signings. If the two deals go through Sunderland will now have five players that formerly played under Moyes at Everton. Victor Anichebe, Steven Pienaar and Joleon Lescott are already at the club.

The Scot is obviously trying to bring in players that he knows he can trust because in truth he cannot really afford to take gambles on players. He also cannot afford to sign players of top quality.

Arguably it would take a miracle to keep the current group of players in the Premier League. However, the north east side seem to keep producing them season after season.

Unfortunately, Moyes is not Jesus, Sam Allardyce or Paolo Di Canio, so the Scot and his band of former Blues Brothers could be facing up to the harsh reality of life in the second tier next season.

Will Gibson and Oviedo be good signings for Sunderland?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The 33-year-old has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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