After Saturday luncthime’s draw with Tottenham, Everton boss David Moyes has seemingly conceded defeat in his fight to keep South African winger Steven Pienaar at Goodison Park.
Contract talks have continually broken down and the wage demands ultimately cannot be agreed with between player and manager. Speaking to the Daily Star, Moyes said
“If it came to that (a free transfer), then I said I would be happy for it to run down if he didn’t want to sign,
“For what we paid it was definitely worth it.
“I’m hoping he would choose to stay. If he doesn’t, then that happens.”
Everton would only “lose out” on £2 million (the fee Pienaar signed for in 2008, following his successful loan spell) if profits are the main concern. Over the past three years however, his efforts have been indicative of a player worth ten times that amount.
In his first (2007/08) season, Pienaar’s contributions stepped Everton’s midfield engine up a gear, putting them on the threshold of a Champion League place only for a spring meltdown to cost them that lucrative prize.
His free kicks and strikes have occasionally been astonishing, and although his attitude has come under much scrutiny, Everton will undoubtedly miss Pienaar – indeed he would probably be back to his best if the contract issue was to be resolved.
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