As both Joseph Yobo and Yakubu prepare for departures from Goodison Park, it seems David Moyes already has targets in mind, as he prepares to test Wigan’s resolve with a £7m bid for Charles N’Zogbia.
Moyes has long admired the Frenchman and has personally attended many Wigan games this season to watch him. Indeed, in both matches against Everton this season, N’Zogbia was easily the best performer, in particular when he slotted home an excellent finish in the 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium.
N’Zogbia has been a decent enough player for a few years in the Premiership, but this season, seemingly down to the laudable man-management skills of Roberto Martinez, the French winger has excelled himself, and played at a much higher, more consistent level than ever before.
He would of course fit straight into the Toffees’ starting line-up. For all the creativity, skill and assurance of Leon Osman – whose great form during the latter half of the season represented a credibly challenge to Leighton Baines’ player of the year award – and all the raw talent of Seamus Coleman, Everton lack an out-and-out winger.
Many Evertonians became disillusioned at times that the team seemed to be playing sideways, almost scared to attack, conditioned to defend. It must be noted that this was a direct consequence of Steven Pienaar’s departure. The South African’s ability to attack with pace, and pass the ball and move, really drove the Toffees forward and his loss was understandably felt by all.
N’Zogbia has the potential to be even better. Whereas Pienaar was measured, intelligent and aware, the Wigan playmaker is boisterous, powerful and quick. His wonderful left foot would allow the Everton midfield to stretch defences and allow the creative forces of Osman and Arteta to flourish.
As I have already mentioned, N’Zogbia has had a stellar season this year and must be praised for his commitment to the Wigan cause. His contribution was crucial, his goals vital. However, bearing in mind the winger’s past, and how much he allows his mind to speculate about bigger and better things, it is not too conceivable that N’Zogbia could have been playing himself into a transfer.
This being said, of course it would be a test for Everton boss David Moyes to control and channel the energy of the player, however, such is the potential benefit of adding the Frenchman to his squad, it is not one he is likely to baulk at.
Moyes will most likely cash in early on any money he raises from sales, having already raised around £2m from James Vaughan’s transfer to Norwich. And with all talk of N’Zogbia’s departure being surprisingly mute, now seems like the ideal time to strik
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