According to most of newspapers in Britain, my club Everton are about to complete the loan signing of USA legend Landon Donovan.
The LA Galaxy star could complete a similar move to David Beckham’s move to AC Milan. Moving to the Premier League then heading back to the America when the MLS season resumes.
A good capture
In a previous article I wrote about the LA Galaxy and their improvement, I sang Donovan’s praises and said he deserved a chance to play in the Premier League. I didn’t think it would be for my club.
I think he would be a really good signing for Everton. Our squad is currently stretched to the limit and Donovan provides quality and versatility.
He also plays with his heart and cares about the game immensely. He proved that in his criticism of David Beckham in a famous book. Hes not scared to speak his mind but he seems like an intelligent guy. He is also an intelligent footballer. Everton have lacked fight and heart thus far this season but in recent games the heart is coming back into the team and Donovan can only add to that revival.
Signing Donovan would be another inspired move by David Moyes, who has the knack of signing quality loan stars. In the past Joseph Yobo, Steven Pienaar and Tim Howard have all impressed on-loan and then completed permanent moves to Goodison Park.
Donovan may return to LA after a three month loan deal but at least at Everton he will get more of a chance than in his previous spells in Europe at Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen. He probably feels aggrieved that he made less than 15 appearances in two spells in Germany.
I think is unfair that the 27 year-old wasn’t given a fair shout in Germany. Lets hope if he does make a move to England he will get more time on the pitch than in Germany. With Everton’s current injury list any backup would be welcome relief to the few current fit players at the club. He could provide a creative spark that has been missing from the Everton team since Spanish Maestro Mikel Arteta picked up an injury in February.
Everton have had previous experience with American internationals with Joe Max-Moore and Brian McBride having appeared for the Blues in recent times. Neither player disgraced themselves in their Goodison careers. In fact McBride became a cult hero in his short time at the club.
One local newspaper stated the headline ‘All American Hero’ after the striker scored a brace against Sunderland. McBride also went on to have a good career at Fulham. Max-Moore had a solid rather than spectacular career on Merseyside. However he never gave anything but his best.
Impressive international record
Landon Donovan is in my opinion the best player in the current USA squad. He is of course the all time top scorer for his country with 42 goals. He will be a big threat to England in the World Cup group stages. I have discussed this with one of my regular readers and admitted how much I rate Donovan. Donovan and his team should be expecting to get out of the group easily and should be looking at qualifying for the quarter-finals.
The next question is will Donovan end up at Everton. The move is perfect for everybody. Donovan gets regular first team football with Everton and the chance to prove himself in the Premier League. Everton get a quality player for nothing and an extra body to help out an injury-hit squad.
Everybody wins. All Everton have to do now is complete a deal but as most Evertonians know nothing is ever straightforward with Everton. We always do it hard way and I wouldn’t be surprised if this good deal escapes us.
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