David Moyes pulled off a fair few market masterclasses in his time as Everton boss and Nigerian defender Joseph Yobo was most certainly one of them.
What a player, what a time. The mid 2000s were good to Everton under David Moyes, they really were, and we’d like to think our man in question had a big part to play in that.
Joining from Marseille for £4.25m in 2002, Joseph Yobo was part of the new school of defenders who, you know, actually knew how to play football and not just clatter people (though we are great lovers of a good old cruncher).
The Nigerian’s immense ability on the ball and versatility meant that he could be played anywhere across the back line, with Moyes opting to place him in the right-back role his earlier days. However, like a master thief negotiating a safe and finally hearing a victorious little clink, after some tweaking it soon became clear that Moyes found the player’s biting point at centre-back.
People bang on about players like Virgil van Dijk nowadays, who are quick, athletic, talented on the ball and defensively sound. Yet, we rarely hear Joseph Yobo’s name ever thrown into that elite pot, and that’s an unforgivable oversight, as far as we’re concerned.
Indeed, Everton had themselves a bonified unsung star in Joseph Yobo.
The first African to captain the mighty Everton left in 2010 after eight wholesome years with the club, but we won’t be forgetting him anytime soon – especially in the face of all these boring Van Dijk claims.
Everton fans, what are your standout memories of Joseph Yobo? Have you managed to recruit anyone nearly as good as him since? Who would you like him to in your current squad? Let us know in the comments below…Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!