Everton are being linked with a move for CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda. The Japan international impressed at the 2010 World Cup which confirmed it was a gamble that paid off for his current club signing him from Dutch side VVV Venlo.
Honda scored an impressive twenty four goals for Venlo in the league from only sixty eight starts. He’s currently scored six for Japan in twenty games, two of which came in the World Cup group stages. He’s so far scored two in nineteen games for Moscow.
The twenty four year old is currently used as a holding midfielder for CSKA but can also play as an attacking midfielder or second striker. He would certainly fit into Moyes’ ethos of signing versatile players.
He comes from a sporting family, his elder brother was a footballer, his uncle an Olympian canoeist and his cousin represented Japan at the Olympics three times in freestyle wrestling.
While he would be a useful signing I’m sure, Everton’s midfield is probably their strongest area with the likes of Tim Cahill, Mikel Arteta, Jack Rodwell, Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar in the squad.
The Toffee’s were linked with Honda in the summer of 2009 before he moved to Russia a few months later and it seems Moyes is still keen, though it would probably cost them considerably more now he’s an established name in Europe.
He’d be a decent signing for Everton but for me they don’t really need him and would be better off strengthening their team elsewhere.
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