According to Sky Sports, West Ham are set to launch a £20million bid for Everton defensive midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. As an Evertonian, I am just looking for my car keys so I can drive the Frenchman down to London.
The move would show that former Blues boss David Moyes is still looking after his former club. Frankly, Schneiderlin has been lucky to have lasted this long in a blue shirt.
However, West Ham are desperately short of bodies. Boss Moyes is frantically attempting to sign players. I hope he gets his man on this one.
Something is not right with Schneiderlin
When the French midfielder arrived at the club in the last January transfer window for £25million from Manchester United, many Evertonian’s believed that the signing was just another building block to Ronald Koeman’s team-building project.
It turns out that, the project was built on sinking sand with inferior material. As it turns out Schneiderlin was a product that most Blues would gladly send back to the buliders merchants as defective.
The Frenchman made a decent start to life on Merseyside. However, this season something has just not been right with the midfielder. The 28-year-old looked like a very good Premier League player at Southampton. In fact, he performed that well that he earned a big move to United.
Questions over his attitude
Everton have stunk the place up for much of the season so far. It would be easy to name a number of players who have underperformed or who have looked disinterested.
However, if you ask most Evertonian’s who has been the most disappointing, then the majority with say the French midfielder. We expected more from him, but rumours about a poor attitude would explain some of his poor performance this season.
An alleged training ground row during the caretaker reign of David Unsworth as boss seemed to confirm that Schneiderlin might have a poor attitude.
The player himself later denied anything had happened, but usually, there is no smoke without fire in these reported incidents. I cannot say that he does, as I do not know the lad. However, his performances of late have not suggested that he has the greatest attitude.
When Everton needed him the most, he failed to put a shift in. He also looked nothing the sort of player that bossed the midfielder at Southampton.
West Ham struggling because of injuries
It is quite incredible that West Ham are considered to be in the relegation battle, while Everton are not seen by most as candidates are just two points ahead of the Irons in the table.
In fact, Everton’s odds of 33/1 to suffer relegation compared to the Irons odds of 14/1 are quite surprising. There is the Sam Allardyce factor. The Toffees boss always seems to do whatever it takes with all of his teams to survive relegation.
Most observers will believe that the Blues will pick up enough points to beat the drop, even if there are many nervous Evertonian’s out there.
David Moyes has done a decent job at West Ham. However, Moyes team may struggle to pick up points in the next few weeks and months because of a nightmare injury list that contains star attacking players Manuel Lanzini, Marko Arnautovic and Andy Carroll.
Moyes has stated that he is trying everything possible to bring players in before the transfer window shuts. I hope that he can add Schneiderlin to his squad and he can get something out of him.
It is a shame that things have not worked out for the Frenchman on Merseyside. I am sure nobody at Everton will stand in his way, if he does want to move, though.
If he stays, he needs to buck his ideas up or his popularity on the blue half of Merseyside will quickly diminish. Once that happens to a player at Everton, there is no way back.
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