1. The Everton faithful have to make him feel welcome. So I think to a large extent, mission accomplished on that front.
2. I think his recent contract was a strategy by his advisors to get some up-front money from MLS, with an eye towards marketing him in England for 3 months, then hoping he stays healthy and puts in a good performance at the World Cup, which triggers competition from European clubs over the summer. This would lead to a buyout of the MLS contract and another windfall for his advisors. Remember, no-one knows what's in his contract and there is speculation in the US that he has a little more control over his fate than either he or Moyes is letting on.
3. Everton will need to cough up probably £6 million, maybe a bit more depending on the World Cup.
4. My sense it that he loves Everton and that Everton would have the inside track over any other club. I believe this is the reason Moyes continues to start Donovan regardless of his form. Let's face it, two of Donovan's six appearances could easily have resulted in a benching. It's Moyes's way of baiting Donovan ó "If you sign here later this summer, you WILL play". Donovan has already been at big Euro Clubs so I doubt any counter offer from a "Big Club" will impress him.
Ultimately the limiting factors are:
Ė Can Everton come up with the money this summer? Answer - Yes
Ė Does Donovan want to come to Everton on a long term deal? Answer - Probably.
Frankly, I think the wild card in all this would be his wife.
I am confident that Donovan has authority to leave the MLS if a fixed sum (£XM?) or higher is offered; the way his MLS contract was negotiated simultaneously with the Everton deal tells me the MLS deal was written with an eye towards leaving.
Lastly, over the next 5 months I wouldn't trust ANYTHING I read or heard from MLS, Everton or Donovan... there's no upside for anyone to tip their hand too early. The MLS negotiating crew are rank amateurs and tried to play the original loan story as if the Everton deal in December was on hold because of other "offers" from unknown European Clubs... which was pure crap.
What Moyes's press conference tells me is that, barring an MLS lockout, Landon Donovan will return to the States in March. What was left unsaid... is that the real dance begins in July and all three parties know it. I think the fans and Moyes and Donovan have done everything right so far in terms of setting the table for a deal after the World Cup. My guess is that it's probably going to happen.
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1 Posted 11/02/2010 at 13:35:15
Which piece of Familly silver would we have to sell? Pienaar? Fellaini?
I doubt very much well be able to buy him in the summer judged on previous years. StillI wouldnít mind having him as a permanent addition on what he has produced so far.
2 Posted 11/02/2010 at 13:33:59
Fair play to him, heís given us something weíve been sorely lacking on the right for a long time ó and has rightly got the plaudits for it.
But, this has merely shown us what we can do with a reasonable player on the right giving us balance.... Now, donít get me wrong ó Iíd rather we signed Donovan than no-one for that side of the pitch... but I think we could and should be aiming (money permitting) for the best we can achieve in that position..
Is Donovan really the best player we can hope for in that position? And this is why we have improved?
Or it is that we have been simply missing a competent player on that side of the pitch for so long that weíre willing to jump the first one that comes along that shows us what a bit of pace, skill and balance can achieve?
Having said that, Iíll not be shedding too many tears if Donovan does join us... the only thing Iíd be concerned about is whether he sees himself as a full-time winger... To be honest I think heís more interested in the Cahill position ó which IMO also brings him into conflict with Bily...
3 Posted 11/02/2010 at 13:47:16
Seriously it creates all sorts of things if you have a wide player with genuine pace. Defenses panic make mistakes they wouldnít normally. I think Donovan would be a great signing if we can get him. However, another winger with pace would be equally a good signing, so either or would be just as good.
4 Posted 11/02/2010 at 13:57:29
5 Posted 11/02/2010 at 13:52:45
6 Posted 11/02/2010 at 13:58:06
Introduce her to John Terry.
7 Posted 11/02/2010 at 14:12:51
Sunday tabloids have been saying we will get him for £3M ó what a bargain! You don't have to sell the crown jewels to get him; Vaughan £2M, Victor £2M, Yak £6M, Yobo £4M are all players I expect to move on in the summer, with Beckford hopefully free and Mucha free this would leave 11m to buy a quality midfelder and a left back.
I think you can get a £10M player for £5M these days as football is reeling from the overspending of previous years. However, the surplus £11M will probably go on unpaid installments on previous buys or overheads knowing us.
8 Posted 11/02/2010 at 14:15:51
We should do the math now, my guess is that anything up to say £10m over 4 years would probably pay for itself if handled properly. To maximise this though he must be an Everton by the time he plays in the world cup. Everytime he is mentioned on media coverage at the WC it should be alongside "Everton" player.
There must be all sorts of commercial deals to be done here he is there footballing equivalent of Beckham!
We should also be sorting of pre-season tours now, starting in Aus exploiting the Cahill angle with a stop off in LA exploiting Donavan & Howard before returning home.
9 Posted 11/02/2010 at 14:40:56
Where do you get that from?
I can only assume that if we can convince him to sign a long deal, the money would come selling Pienaar. Peanuts has a year on his contract and wants to play in another league. I will be amazed to see him at Goodison in September ó but mightliy pleased.
Fellaini in the centre and Donovan on the right has definitely given us the balance we lacked in the autumn. If Pienaar goes, I would expect us to go all out for Donovan, and get a loan player to keep up the midfield numbers. Thatís it. In case you havenít worked it out, Everton have no extra dosh.
Was Bily bought in preparation for the exit of Pienaar? ó I kinda think so...
10 Posted 11/02/2010 at 14:59:03
11 Posted 11/02/2010 at 14:53:18
Hopefully Coleman will be what 22 next season, me thinks heís old enough if he is good enough.
12 Posted 11/02/2010 at 15:53:40
He was the most physical Iíve seen him in a blue shirt yesterday, battling the left backs (and centre mids) and giving them a torrid time.
Well done, Donovan. Let's hope player power will out this time.
BTW, it's apparent that many Americans actually want him to stay, having already given so much of his career to LA Galaxy, the general view Iíve gotten back when writing about him was along the lines of:
We want him to go to Everton and not waste his talent.... (to paraphrase).
Iíd welcome him permanently. So hopefully a deal could be reached with the MLS who own his contract. If anything him coming here strengthens the MLS as they obtain genuine credibility ó as a "feeder league", thereby helping MLS development.
Let's hope the MLS see the big picture, that having a top American at Everton/in the Premier League will strenghthen their domestic league!
13 Posted 11/02/2010 at 15:57:57
14 Posted 11/02/2010 at 17:06:34
But that said though, if we can get upwards of £20 million and bring in a replacement and some more squad depth (a la Heitinga and Distin replacing Lescott), then we will be in a stronger position.
Some people will complain that it is ísell to buyí, but so what if we end up better off? I have no regrets over Lescott's departure. I think we are better for it. We have all seen the financial reports, there won't be vast amounts of money this close season. I have no problem with Moyes sanctioning sales, as his transfer dealings are simply excellent.
15 Posted 11/02/2010 at 18:28:39
On a seperate note, I see that Cashley Cole may not make the World Cup. Could it be that Baines may be in as a capable replacement?
16 Posted 11/02/2010 at 19:03:39
Can we get the money? Simple answer, yes. By selling, but not necessarily star players. To put it brutally, Moyes has got to make some hard decisions this summer. Hibbert has to be considered 3rd choice at right back by next season. Yobo has got to be 5th choice centre back if Senderos is signed on a free. The two could fetch £5 mill and would be perfect for any promoted side due to their experience of the Premier League. I like both, but I see 6 players who are better or have the potential to be in those 3 slots. Likewise Vaughan, who could fetch another couple of million, with Beckford coming on a free. If that activity raised enough to buy Donovan, I would be pretty satisfied.
At the end of the day, it’s up to him isn’t it? I’m almost certain he will go back to MLS in March, but I have a feeling this will only serve to highlight what he’s missing out on. Even Neville joined in a bit to give our right side a dangerous look to it, and I think inside he’s loving every minute.
17 Posted 11/02/2010 at 19:24:04
18 Posted 11/02/2010 at 19:56:27
19 Posted 11/02/2010 at 20:01:34
20 Posted 11/02/2010 at 21:26:16
21 Posted 11/02/2010 at 21:39:43
When we have two genuine wide players ó or should I say players whoís natural positions are left and right ó we are a MUCH better team.
22 Posted 11/02/2010 at 22:21:06
Donovan is a clued-up hard working pacy player who does the simple things without overdoing the fancy dan stuff. Unlike Leon he is not the type to be dominated or pushed around or play the invisible man.
At the same time he does not strike me as being a genuine class act. However, he makes Osman look like a one-paced weakling and fulfils my prediction of a few years ago.
23 Posted 11/02/2010 at 22:50:06
Heís been superb. Iím not objective when judging his play. I, as an American, am passionately rooting for the guy and probably overlook his poor play and shortcomings: but they have been few and his pace and crosses have been spectacular IMO.
If we are going to spend on a right sided player we should sign him and not another.
One final note: many on here were stating they thought he wasnít up to the high standards of the EPL. I sincerely hope those who thought so continually underestimate American players. Our National squad is frankly underrated. The quality of player, although not in the large numbers you see in Europe, is increasing massively in recent years in this country.
You English fellas shouldnít take that first match in World Cup group play very lightly. Weíd like nothing more than to be seen as a typical American side to be walked over when we meet in June.
Iím not saying weíll win ó but itís a hell of a lot more possible than I think many of you over there think.
200 years later a table has turned. Someone mount a horse and ride through the countryside yelling, "The Americans are coming! The Americans are coming!"
No offense, but Iíd love to beat England. And weíve got more quality than I think a lot of Brits give us credit for.
Back to all things EFC.... sign the kid as quickly as possible, if possible.
24 Posted 12/02/2010 at 00:13:10
Donovan has already changed the odds for the USA/England showdown. The papers are reporting that Coleís broken ankle -- an injury he incurred while tangling with Donovan -- may keep him out of the World Cup. That would put Donovan nose-to-nose with Wayne Bridge (pun intended) or his own teammate Baines. Wow.
And Pete, itís funny you should mention Donovanís wife... heís in the midst of a rather unpleasant divorce, so that wonít keep him in LA In fact, it might be an incentive to hightail it out of there!
25 Posted 12/02/2010 at 00:42:46
It has been frustrating to watch US players go to Europe, only to end up sitting on the bench frequently, with the exception of goalkeepers. So most fans here are thrilled to see him do well at Everton and with the warm welcome he has received. (Giving him the number 9 jersey did not go unnoticed.)
And, yes, more than a few of us have begun following and pulling for Everton since Donovanís arrival, though we love Howard, too. (I got up a 7 am and went to a pub to watch the game this weekend.)
Great team, great fans, great manager, seems like Donovan is happy and contributing. And I, too, think he can call his own shots with the chumps at the MLS, so I think there is a good chance for a deal if Everton has a longer-term interest.
(Sorry to hear about Cole. Hope heís on the field on 12 June.)
26 Posted 12/02/2010 at 02:04:08
All that is in the way of introducing myself as a new and proud Everton supporter. Because Everton and Mr Moyes have given the top-flight American player a fair shot at playing in the top professional league on earth; the EPL. And heís producing!!
Believe me. Wait until next year, once Everton secures Landonís contract (which WILL happen. Forget all the money talk). In the end, MLS will cut the deal that has him in an Everton jersey permanently. Heís nothing in England, fair enough, but his oar pulls a lot of water over here, believe that. Heís the only soccer player in our country with legitimate national recognition.
Anyway, since the Toffees will have legit EPL Silverware aspirations in 2011, Iím happy to be a new member of the fan club, especially as my countryís top player will be a part.
27 Posted 12/02/2010 at 02:51:27
Incidentally, my son, Landon, was kinda named after Landon Donovan, and I have the CUTEST picture with my son and Landon Donovan taken before the US - Argentina soccer game. Donovan is a true gentleman, and a fantastic footballer. and hey, Tim Howard ain't so bad either!!
28 Posted 12/02/2010 at 02:40:27
Landon is far and away our best player ever. Not even close. You in England canít understand how important it is to us over here that Landon kick ass in the EPL. If Landonís not good enough for top-flight EPL competition, we donít have another at his ability level. We will soon, just not yet.
With that, MLS will work out a deal where Landon stays or transfers to the EPL. Heís obviously a big contributor to what Mr. Moyes wants to do next season and he equally wants to be a part of a big Everton team in 2010/2011.
I look forward to discussing everything Toffee here.
29 Posted 12/02/2010 at 03:42:32
30 Posted 12/02/2010 at 03:43:00
1. MLS wants European credibility.
2. The MLS views the big picture on growth and letting LD go to the EPL benefits the League and LD.
3. LD will leave Everton in March in order to play one more MLS season to say goodbye to his fans, next January transfer should be the focus.
WHY EVERTON WANT LD
1. Fans are the same everywhere, assholes who never see the light and others need to get out of the sun. LDís run of games shows his talent, he keeps getting better, adjusting, learning.
2. Donovan is marketable, I bet every website for Everton has had a spike in visits since his arrival..
3. America is a sports heaven, just not soccer right now. The 1st EPL team to truly break the American market will reap the rewards. When Chelsea played in Seattle for an exhibition game, the event was sold out with over 60,000 in attendance.
WHY EVERTON DO NOT WANT LD
1. You already have one yank on the team and the quota is filled.
31 Posted 12/02/2010 at 05:14:32
The key point is that he’s brought some balance into the flanks that have given Everton an opportunity to attack teams down both wings. This has been missed, because of both the right back and the right midfielder lacking ability and or pace.
Moyes has some work to do to get a right back who is supportive of the right midfielder. Just look how often and how far Baines gets up the field and works in with either Piennar or Bily on the left. We need this to be reproduced on the right.
Before Donovan goes off back to the sun, I would like to see how he fits in with an attack minded right back, and this will mean Coleman getting a run, even if he is still a bit of a raw potential talent. But then again if the choice was Donovan or Arteta for that spot who would you select??
The main reason I agree with Ciaran’s point is that with Arteta fit, Fellaini fit, Rodwell fit, Cahill fit, Piennar fit, Osman fit and with Jagielka perhaps coming back into the squad and allowing Moyes more options for defensive midfielders as well, I cant see Donavan spending a lot of time on the pitch even if he does get signed. I think Donovan knows this and thats why he’ll go back to the MLS.
But, I agree with some of the marketing comments, it could be great business and could help Everton attract some extra sponsorship funds and shirt sales.
32 Posted 12/02/2010 at 05:54:27
But all this is kaput unless the boy can actually play.
33 Posted 12/02/2010 at 10:27:31
I think that the Galaxy Season ticket holders and the MLS season pass holders (Satellite TV Subscription) will require LD to stay shackled to the USA through July at a minimum... hereís what a blogger in the US had to say:
"There are rumors that a buyout clause was included in the contract. If that is true, neither Donovan, Moyes, nor the Galaxy are saying anything about it in public. In fact, all three parties are saying as little as possible about the future other than talking about honoring the loan agreement.
I would expect Donovan to go back to the Galaxy in March and play with them until the National Team convenes in May. After the World Cup, things will get interesting. I am sure that Everton would like to buy him immediately and have him start the EPL season in blue. I am sure the Galaxy would want to keep him for the rest of the MLS season, milk any post-World Cup buzz and tickets sales the National Teams happens to garner, and agree to sell Donovan in January. "
So July? January... probably no big deal either way.
As for the stray comments above that he might not be good enough, that he might not fit in the line-up, or that a permanent move will somehow put him in a conflict with Bily.... ummm, stop smoking crack.
34 Posted 12/02/2010 at 10:49:45
35 Posted 12/02/2010 at 11:25:27
36 Posted 12/02/2010 at 11:25:43
In the whole thing with Donovan and Howard, it shouldnít be forgotten about our 5 MLS and USL-2 club partnerships (like the grassroots USL-2 club the Pittsburgh Riverhounds?).
Look at the fact weíve taken Cody Arnoux and Anton Peterlin into the club... for development purposes if nothing else. Plus the near constant visits from the head of international football over there, speaking at conferences and exhibitions etc.
So the arguement about Everton diminishing the MLS if we took Donovan permanently would be mute. If anything "Soccer" in America would and is gaining massively, just by the example Donovanís setting... and by the avenues Everton have set up to allow players *good enough* to come and play.
Landonís certainly good enough for me. Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City these are hardly skint pub teams now are they?
Let's hope that the inspiration being generated allows more yanks that are good enough to play come and have a go, and then take the experience back home.
Certainly, a greater US support for Everton is only a positive thing.
37 Posted 12/02/2010 at 11:38:28
38 Posted 12/02/2010 at 12:48:19
39 Posted 12/02/2010 at 13:46:10
Regardless of whether we sign him or not (for what its worth, I love his workrate, pace, intelligence and corner taking) it shows what pace can bring to a team. Contrast his running with Bily who is surely the slowest player we have and there is no contest. Granted, some say Bily is out of position but you get my point.
40 Posted 12/02/2010 at 13:57:30
But, then again, this Everton... so probably not!!!
41 Posted 12/02/2010 at 15:07:19
Considering his Facebook page has 130k followers, heís genuinely a one man marketing machine... that EFC could use... and the MLS could continue to use with the "Developed in the MLS" tag.
The number of Yanks who want him here and succeeding is astounding really.
Lets hope BK does his zen-like speeches for the MLS boys and gets them to see sense then ey? Kind of like an EFC AGM? *roll of eyes*
42 Posted 12/02/2010 at 18:11:14
43 Posted 12/02/2010 at 23:30:57
I think that since he was too good for the MLS he just ended up scoring a lot, but on the US National team he is a roaming playmaker. Think in the Iniesta mold. And now that he has Saha and Cahill and so many options, people are seeing his value as a pacey team oriented playmaker with a tireless work rate. In fact, Donovan has never played the right wing position.
Also, he is going to get a lot better once he finds his scoring touch. And finally, thank you to Beckham because it appears Landon has really mastered the pinpoint corner.
Donovan would be a coveted star if it werenít for the fact he is plagued by being labeled a yank. For the money, it is more than worth it and it will increase Evertonís relationship in the States.
Also, he has lucrative Nike and Gatorade endorsements. I read that Nike has visited him already in Liverpool. I have a feeling Nike will cross market Donovan as an Everton player and Americans will be eating it all up. This may be the kicker, Nike endorsements (coupled with credit card abusing yanks) will provide the income for Everton to keep him.
44 Posted 13/02/2010 at 00:23:02
The fact that he was up against probably the best left back in the world and made him look ordinary, will do wonders for his self-belief, Iíd love it if he became a permanent fixture and Iíve a sneaking suspicion that he would too.
45 Posted 13/02/2010 at 00:46:16
In America, even at Galaxy home games, there is not the tumult and pandemonium that EPL rooters take for granted. Believe me, heís played all these years without hearing that kind of response. Even in our National team, when we play one of the CONCACAF Latin teams in America, itís like an away game for the US National team.
After all these years, Landonís getting his first true taste of "The Roar of the Crowd". Might sound silly to you in England, but itís very real to a fellow like Landon. Stuff like that isnít part of contract negotiations certainly, but the Toffee followers have put the bug into Landon. Heíll be back with Everton.
And really, if Landon wants to extend the loan this season, the loan will be extended. MLS is not that big in our country. Not because of the game itself (virtually every boy and girl in America plays soccer as his/her first sport), but because the MLS growth pattern has fiscal control as the first rule.
With that, Landon is the only American soccer player in our country that people outside of soccer fans knows. Heís the only soccer player with major endorsement contracts in America. If he says "Iím going to Everton to play", heís going to Everton.
I canít wait. With everything else I see about the Everton team, 2011 will see Silverware raised.
46 Posted 13/02/2010 at 01:33:19
Landon is the one American soccer player who has genuine "Star Quality". Toffee followers have noticed it. Wait until he gets the true feel of the EPL and settles down. He has a little something beyond just playing well. Same thing in America and why Landon will be a Toffee beyond the loan.
Right now, heís the only American player who can become a Star overseas. A Star in the top professional soccer league on Earth! Do not overestimate how important that is to those who run professional soccer in my country.
Oh, and on top of everything else, Landon excelling on a team that cracks the supposed "Top Four" in the EPL? Heíll stay or come back to Everton. That will happen. Mostly, and mainly, because he wants to. Trust this: MLS will go along with whatever he wants.
47 Posted 13/02/2010 at 01:16:55
This guy is a Pro who gives it all out there on the field. And if you cannot see his pace, skill, intelligent play, and passing vision, then you just donít like American footballers ó we are used to that. There are several bids for Donovan and I hope he stays with Everton. We are not as supportive watching Osman or Rodwell nor do we think they play as well. Give credit where itís due, and just wait till he finds his shooting touch.
48 Posted 13/02/2010 at 01:55:46
The success of Everton will push their profile to first in America because the Toffees were the first to simply plug Landon in and play. Landon deserved the chance, and certainly has to produce for the team, and Everton said, "Come on". My point is that I donít think the transfer fee will be a problem. Itíll get worked out (and likely already has).
With the 2010 World Cup over, MLS will pursue and sign many older international stars (Drogba, Van Nistelroy, Raul, Henry, etc). Nonetheless, MLS needs Landon to excel in the EPL much more than the EPL needs one player from America.
49 Posted 13/02/2010 at 20:41:54
Think of the MLS as a retirement home: "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
50 Posted 14/02/2010 at 03:15:19
1. Professional basketball is played around the world with a fine earning potential available outside the US. The same thing for baseball. A professional player in either sport can make a good living without going to America.
2. The top players in those sports, nonetheless, want their shot at the NBA or Major League Baseball; both in the USA.
3. The developmental plan for MLS grew out of Americaís 1970s professional soccer league. Despite the fact that the NY Cosmos (Pele, Beckenbauer. Chineglia, etc) packing 70,000 fans into every game, made it obvious soccer could take off, there was no plan to make that happen. So soccer died when Pele, Chinaglia, etal retired. This made MLS (correctly) take an incremental view of growing the sport in our country.
4. MLS is not an independent (Everton, Man U, Liverpool, etc) group of owners. All the MLS teams are owned by one group. Starting out, this was a good idea. We simply didnít have a "feeder" system for our young men to aspire to. There was no notion of becoming a soccer Pro. We are now at the point where this system has to be adjusted. Itís why thereís about to be a strike by the MLS players.
OK for all that. Those in Europe or England have to understand that soccer is the one sport all little kids in America play. We well know here all the top teams over there. Thatís why Chelsea, Man U, Real Madrid play in front of 60,000 when they come here for exhibitions.
So, Mike Taylor, break my balls while you have the chance. Landon is just the first inkling of whatís coming. Iím glad for him and the EPL (which I love). But the only thing missing in MLS is the top scorers in the world (who must be paid). I donít know what impression it made in England, but when Beckham signed to the Galaxy, he sold out stadiums across America. Then everyone realized David is a solid but complementary player. Itís the scorers we want, just like everywhere else.
With that, weíll take Henry, Ruud, Raul, Beckham et al as they enter the last part of their career. Just be aware that, once big money Americans throw into MLS, theyíll compete for the top scorers; Cristiano will follow Raul to America, MLS will chase after Wayne Rooney. The only reason the EPL is superior to MLS is money. Over there in England, be safe until you start reading about big money being invested in MLS.
51 Posted 14/02/2010 at 12:54:28
Itís the business end of things Iím finding hopelessly optimistic. US football is odd, odd, odd. As someone above explained, there is no individual club memebership. MLS ó the league itself ó holds all player registrations and owns all the clubs. Yep, those whacky Americans canít abide the NHS, but theyíve got socialist football!
Heíll be back in the States in March, of that there is no doubt. Then heíll go the World Cup. Thatíll put him in the shop window for a move. But ultimately, the MLS are not going to let him go cheap, if at all. Any talk to the contrary is foolhardy in the extreme. In short, I doubt weíll be able to afford him.
I hope Iím wrong. Heís class, and even plays like an Evertonian (if you know what I mean!}), which is why Iíve always kept an eye out for him. And when he goes home in March, we will go through a bad spell, you can bet on it.
But I just canít see Big Bill winning a bidding war against anyone richer than say, Accrington Stanley. Particularly not for a 28-year-old (in March) American with large wage demands.
52 Posted 14/02/2010 at 16:56:51
And the deal doesnít necessarily have to be "Hereís Donovan, give us $XX million" by MLS. Endorsement percentages could be involved. Or even something as (not) so far-fetched as Everton taking on, and playing, another American; say a healthy Charlie Davis. His foot speed and eye for the goal would fit in wonderfully with the Toffees. In fact, they should go after Charlie anyway. You all will love him and it appears he has recovered almost miraculously from a terrible car accident of only months ago.
Anyway, it all really rests with Landon. He is Americaís only marketable soccer player and MLS knows it. And at that, nothing on the scale of the Beckhams, Henrys, and Ronaldos of the world. There is nothing left in MLS for him really.
MLS will grow as soon as it decides to jump into the competition to sign the Rooneys and Kakas while theyíre in their primes, not near the end of their careers. I imagine EPL fans may not want to hear it, but once you drop down from the top money clubs in Europe, the rest of the teams over there are basically equal to MLS. Itís the elite talent level players that MLS wonít bid for that makes the difference. And that has nothing to do with Landon.
Heís entering his prime years and finally has a top European club giving him a fair chance, unlike his last trip to the Bundesliga where he shined when he played, but the club really didnít want him.
By the way, I find comments about how expensive Landon will be premature. He didnít get paid a fortune in MLS. He made much, much more through his endorsement deals. So I donít see how he will cost too much in salary.
No-one loves to watch him play more than I and as an American Iím super proud that we finally have a player, whoís not a keeper, excelling in the worldís top professional league. But everyone has to earn their way up the salary scale. Donovanís no different.
In the end, which Iíll say again and again, if Landon wants to play for Everton, MLS will make the deal. Thereís really not much they can do to stop him if he wants to go. And it looks to me, he wants to this time ó and to Everton.
By the way, since I mentioned him earlier, a healthy Charlie Davis would do wonderfully up front for the Toffees. Someone tell Mr Moyes to go after him. Heís not expensive and, if recovered fully, will give Toffee opponents fits. Believe me, Everton fans will love him.
53 Posted 14/02/2010 at 08:36:58
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