Unless David Moyes decides to cash in on some of his more valuable assets in the form of Jack Rodwell, Leighton Baines or Marouane Fellaini, cash will once again be in short supply at Everton Football Club this summer.
Therefore, Bosman signings may have to be the course of action for any Everton close season transfer dealings. Many clubs are yet to tie down some of their squad players to longer contracts, which could see some leaving their club on a free in the summer. So here are suggestions for the 6 best buys David Moyes might consider…
Marcos Senna; some may disagree with this player given his age. Senna is now 35 years of age but he is still an undoubted talent. The Brazilian born Spanish playmaker has represented his country 29 times and was an integral part of the Spanish European Championship winning team of 2008, and was also selected for the 2006 World Cup squad. Unfortunately for Senna, due to the form of Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets and a disappointing season on a personal level for Villareal, Senna just missed out on selection for the winning World Cup campaign in 2010.
Senna may be coming towards the end of his career, but I believe he could still add a lot to the Everton midfield. His passing and ability at dead ball situations could fill the creative void left by Mikel Arteta’s departure to Arsenal in the summer of 2011. A classy player who would bring a touch of flair to the Everton side even if only in the short term; like Paul Scholes, of a similar age, has done for United.
Ivica Olic; another player on the wrong side of 30 (32 to be exact) but Olic has a good few years left in him yet. The Bayern Munich forward has found it difficult to break into the starting line-up this season owing to the impeccable form of Mario Gomez, Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben. He may therefore be willing to look elsewhere in order to get more playing time, something Everton could surely offer him.
Olic is a proven goal-scorer and has produced the goods at all levels, including 15 goals for his national side Croatia. He would also fit the Moyes mould, as among his undisputed attributes are his outstanding work-rate and reliability.
Jose Bosingwa; the first of two Chelsea players in this list, Jose Bosingwa has fallen down the pecking order this season under both AVB and now Di Matteo, and it looks like he may leave the club in the summer having still not signed a new contract.
There are obvious defensive frailties there, but I believe the right-back would be a good addition to the Everton side; the right flank at this time for Everton poses little if any attacking threat. Tony Hibbert and Phil Neville, despite having good qualities defensively, aren’t exactly world beaters and what you would call attacking full-backs. In addition to this, Seamus Coleman hasn’t lived up to the form he produced late last season down that right side. With the defensive covering capabilities of both Gibson and Fellaini, I think the Toffees could afford to gamble on the defensive inability of someone like Bosingwa to give more attacking options going forward down the right hand channel. Glen Johnson is not the best defensive full back but does give Liverpool a variety of attacking options.
Jefferson Farfan; again addressing the problems Everton have down the right flank, Jefferson Farfan, nicknamed Foquita, is a pacey right winger who can also ply his trade up front. The Shalke player has started the majority of Bundesliga games for for his side this season, scoring 4 goals and providing 8 assists for his teammates.
There has been interest from a whole host of clubs from across Europe all seeking the signature of the former PSV player, although contract negotiations are said to be on-going with his current club. At the age of 27, Farfan is in his prime, so it is little wonder that there has been a good deal of interest in the player. This would be a brilliant signing if Moyes could pull it off, Evertons fans would be the first to admit the club has lacked players with pace for too long. Perhaps Farfan is an optimistic inclusion but one that would excite the home crowd with the appealing prospect of the chances he could provide for latest hero, Jelavic.
David ‘Junior’ Hoilett; an obvious choice to include on this list, Hoilett has attracted interest from a swarm of Premier League teams including Arsenal. Despite attempts by Blackburn to keep the player at Ewood Park, it seems that his departure this summer is imminent. Rather than cash in on him in the January transfer window, Blackburn opted to keep him and thought he would be more valuable to the club to aid their fight to maintain their Premier League status than lose him for a fee.
The forward has struck up a good partnership with new signing Yakubu this season, despite Blackburn’s poor form, which has produced some spectacular goals between them. The Canadian has scored 7 goals and made 5 assists in 31 Premier League games for the club in the current campaign, and has also played a big part in the success of Yakubu. A bright prospect, and a great signing for whoever bags him.
Florent Malouda; the 31 year old French man has a superb left foot, and in his prime, caused havoc on the left-wing with his direct running and telling delivery from wide areas. In 2010, he was named Chelsea’s player’s player of the year after helping them to the league and cup double. Since arriving at the club in 2007, Malouda has scored 34 goals in 144 appearances – not a bad record for a player who is essentially a winger.
Everton currently lack naturally left footed players in an attacking sense, with Steven Pienaar currently occupying the left midfield berth, although whether Everton have the financial wherewithal to bring Pienaar back to the club from Spurs remains questionable. Malouda could provide Everton with that natural width they have clearly missed in recent years, and could link up nicely with Everton’s man of the moment, Leighton Baines.
Royston Drenthe; obviously Drenthe has been on loan at Everton this season but his time here has had its ups and downs. He is clearly a talented player, but this is allied to a fiery and unpredictable temperament that has thwarted his progression in the side that was hoped for when he arrived from Real Madrid. The jury is still out on Drenthe and the fans are divided on the left footed Dutchman. Some think he is a genius, and has the flair and ability to turn games in an instant, but just isn’t getting enough chances in the team. This is obviously the case, but other fans would argue that his poor attitude ruins this, that he loses the ball too often, and his tracking back and defensive capabilities do not fit in with the current Everton ethos under David Moyes.
The player’s contract with Real runs out this summer, and putting aside the current disciplinary problems he is having at Everton, I still believe Moyes could get the best out of him given time. Not much of a gamble on a free, but would Moyes see him worthy of a contract given his probable weighty wage demands?
As this season draws to a close, short of a miracle, it seems Everton will yet again just miss out on that last illusive European place.
Come the summer however, Everton have a chance to bring in fresh faces to the club in order to mount a more consistent European challenge in the league next season. Any one of these players, I believe, would aid the club in achieving this aim. All 6 would be nice please? Mr Moyes, work your magic.
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