David Moyes has finally given fans something to shout about with the signing of Argentine striker Denis Stracqualursi on a season-long loan deal. Moyes is also expected to complete the free transfer of Royston Drenthe from Real Madrid after the Dutchman was given permission to travel to Merseyside.
The news will bring relief to many Evertonians who were seriously worried about the club’s inability to invest. Though with confidence still fairly high in the current squad of players, fans will be delighted to see two new editions.
23-year-old Stracqualursi was loaned from parent club Gimnasia de la Plata to Tigres where the striker excelled, scoring 22 goals in 35 games to finish as the leading scorer in the Argentine league.
Drenthe on the hand will be looking to revive his career after having fallen down the pecking order at the Bernabeu following his 14m Euros move back in 2007. After spending last season on loan at Hercules who were relegated, Drenthe will be looking to compete and get back into the Dutch national set-up.
Able to play at left-back or further forward in midfield, Drenthe offers Moyes options in terms of how and where to play Leighton Baines, Everton’s greatest provider of assists.
The signing comes amidst rumours that Everton will one or both of Jermaine Beckford and Yakubu to leave for Leicester City and Blackburn Rovers respectively.
The 23 year-old was the leading scorer in the Argentine championship last season after moving to minnows Tigre on loan from Gimnasia de la Plata, managing 22 goals in 35 games.