Just picture Micheal Owen playing for Everton. It’s hard to, isn’t it? However, David Moyes tried to make it happen in 2005.
Yeah, according to a report by BBC Sport, the then-Toffees boss tried to lure the Real Madrid forward back to Merseyside, swapping Liverpool and Anfield for a spell at Goodison Park.
The England ace, as he was at the time because the La Liga giants did not just sign anybody back in those days (the phrase ‘Los Galácticos’ comes to mind as it was used a lot during the early ’00s), had fallen on tough times at the Santiago Bernabeu.
He was forced to make his appearances from the substitutes bench more often than not; although he did do it rather well, as he found the back of the net an impressive 16 times in his debut campaign, which turned out to be his only one in Spain.
The arrivals of Robinho and Julio Baptista meant that he would be falling down the pecking order and that is when Moyes and Everton tried to swoop in.
However, the former Liverpool man rejected their advances and subsequently joined Newcastle United instead.
And, although it might not have felt like one at the time, it was a dodged bullet for Everton as Owen was never the same when he returned to England.
He had spells with Newcastle, Manchester United and Stoke City before calling time on his career, scoring just 32 Premier League goals in his final eight seasons.
Injuries also had a large effect on the striker’s ability to continue to play as he had to spend a significant period of time on the sidelines for various knocks, making it all the more pleasing that Everton did not splash any cash on his signature.
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