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Everton’s Donovan – A Good Gamble

You arrive from LA Galaxy, you go to Everton on loan, it is your first month at the club and you finish your first month as the club’s player of the month. Not bad is it? That is what Landon Donovan experienced in January when he arrived on loan from the States.

In Donovan’s short start at Everton so far he has made quite an impact on the fans and manager David Moyes is clearly impressed with him.

“From what I have seen of him his football’s simple, he’s quick, he’s lively and he’s intelligent.”

In the matches he has taken part in Everton have had wins over Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United, along with a performance where he really shone against Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League. He must have something about him if he has made an impact against the teams mentioned.

All in all, it would be unfair and presumptuous to start making judgments about Donovan when it has only been two months in to a loan spell. If Everton were looking to snap up the American international on a permanent basis then that is where the problem occurs. Moyes has expressed that this is unlikely to happen. He stated: “I think Landon would like to stay but at the moment it probably looks as if not. I wouldn’t want to have any disrespect to his club or the contract he has over there.”

Seeing as a move could be problematic, would it be possible for Donovan to ‘do a Beckham’? If something can be generated from Everton’s point of view then he could play for two clubs at the same time. Just as David Beckham goes off to AC Milan, Donovan’s best solution could be arriving at Goodison Park during the off-season in America.

Donovan might be playing in the MLS which has been much talked about since Mr. Beckham arrived there, but Donovan looks equipped for the blood and thunder of English football. His image seems like he is that California kid you associate with reality TV shows but the way he plays the game sets him apart as someone ready for the demands of the Premier League. His energy is seen as vital, along with his experience and technical attributes. Just like a lot of American sportsman, he looks naturally athletic.

Should Everton wish to really push for his signing, even though Moyes seems unsure, on a permanent basis then it would be hard to see LA Galaxy resist. He has fitted in straight away and previous players coming across the Atlantic have made a name for themselves in the Premiership.

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