Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Is Donovan set for a Premier League move?

landondonovanAccording 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.

Bargain hunter

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.

European experiences

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.

Previous Americans

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.

Next move

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.

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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Brad
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Hey, David. Nice article. I hope to see Donovan in the PL, doesnt matter who as long as he gets plenty of time, plenty of chances on goal, and plenty of goals to boot. Everton have had a nice history of employing succesful American footballers. As you have pointed out, the Toffees had Moore, McBride (damn good player there, no wonder Fulham have a bar in Craven Cottage named in his honor), and now our current best keeper, Howard (with his excellent hands, I am surprised EFC isnt somewhere higher in the league). If Donovan arrives at Goodison, he should… Read more »
Brad
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Really?

Oh, by the way, was the regular reader you mentioned in “Impressive International Record” possibly me?

Kaipo Pacheco
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Kaipo Pacheco

I’m glad to see somebody who is recognizing American talent in a good way

chelski
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chelski

Hope he helps you, he is highly overrated in my opinion. At Bayern Munich he was nothing, and could not get into the squad allthough munich did have some striker problems back than. Would be interesting though. In my Opinion premier league should be more difficult than german league, but maybe its better for his style of play.

Brad
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David: Your welcome. I find your articles a good read. Kaipo, youre right that someone is recongnizing just how talented American players are. Well spotted. Chelski, I dont agree with your opinion about Donovan being overrated, it is your opinion and I respect that. Of course, I’m sure other fans of the USMNT also say this, but Donovan doesnt look like the type of player who is overrated. People do say he is world class, and THAT IS true. He is too good to not be world class. It is also the same for Dempsey, Howard, Altidore (Hull City needs… Read more »
gooner-11
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gooner-11

I wonder what position they would put him in at…didn’t he play as a striker in Germany but usually an attacking midfeilder in the States?

Brad
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He seeems to play almost any position at times to be honest. . .
Right Midfield or Striker for US, Striker for LA, and striker in Germany.

It seems as long as he plays, you’ll know it.

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