So I thought I would get ahead of the rush and single out 3 players that I think we should pursue over the summer. I am choosing to be positive and assume that miraculously we may have around £8M to spend from the sale of fringe players or what have you (don't think I realise the crazy optimism of this but hey, it's called silly season for a reason!).
1. Steven Pienaar
No surprises here. He has been instrumental in the second half of the season turnaround and seems to have returned from Tottenham even better than before having added some end product to his fabulous build-up play. The bad news is that his superb form will not have gone unnoticed by Harry and we can only hope that Stevie P fights to come back to us or else he may still be at Spurs. If he does come, I imagine the fee to be around £3-4M.
Matt Jarvis ? Younger and a clever player who brings goals and assists
Lee Chung-Yong ? Spent the year injured but Bolton's Player of the Season in 2010 and only 23.
Adam Johnson ? Surely must leave Man City, if available on loan, would be a great signing; otherwise, out of our price range.
2. Junior Hoilett
There will be no shortage of competition for this talented youngster but perhaps the promise of guaranteed starting and not having to move from the North West may appeal. He has pace and skill to burn and would be capable of playing with, behind or on the flanks next to Jelavic. He would surely increase in value over next 5 years. Out of contract but sign-on fee and compensation would probably amount to at least £4-5M. Worth every penny.
Matt Phillips ? A similar player with pace and trickery and thunder in his right boot. If Blackpool don't win the playoffs, he could be available for £3M.
Rodallega ? Another on a free, he can be great on his day.
Steven Fletcher ? Will surely leave Wolves and could form a great partnership with Jelavic.
3. Danijel Pranjic
Bit of a wildcard but a Moyes-esque player capable of playing at left back, right back or left wing. He is available on a free and was on record saying he wanted to come to Everton in January. He is experienced at highest level and will be in the Croatia squad with Jelly this summer (so may be good to bring one of Jelly's mates)
Nathaniel Clyne ? A specialist right back in the Kyle Walker mold, out of contract at Crystal Palace this summer, I believe.
Martin Olsson ? A pacy fullback at Blackburn who will move on this summer, probably for more than we can afford.
Victor Moses ? Likely to stay at Wigan or be too expensive for us.
Clint Dempsey ? Would be great but likely to cost upwards of £5M, perhaps an alternative to Pienaar.
Mark Davies ? Quietly effective Bolton man is out of contract and would be a good squad player.
Jean Beausejour ? Tasty winger who Wigan will want to keep hold of but would be useful.
Eden Hazard ? If only.....
So let's say we get my three, then I reckon we line up next season as:
Pranjic Heitinga Distin Baines
Hoilett Gibson Rodwell Pienaar
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190 Posted 15/05/2012 at 14:45:14
196 Posted 15/05/2012 at 15:00:10
199 Posted 15/05/2012 at 15:11:06
202 Posted 15/05/2012 at 15:19:27
210 Posted 15/05/2012 at 16:25:55
I agree about the other two. If we don't have a proper transfer budget we need to go all out for players like Hoillett who are about as free as anything comes these days.
Looking at the amount of players available cheap or free this year I can see QPR, Sunderland and maybe Stoke building themselves a really good side. Though Stoke wont play like one.
213 Posted 15/05/2012 at 16:42:32
I'd quite fancy Bogdan from Bolton - he's been a decent keeper with some excellent saves this season.
Fletcher from wolves would be another one.
And surely Yak will leave blackburn and be back in the premiership next season. Question is, who is going to take a punt on him? Any team that finished in positions 11-17 would be my guess.
239 Posted 15/05/2012 at 19:02:24
269 Posted 15/05/2012 at 21:18:00
301 Posted 15/05/2012 at 23:16:46
I like Pranjic and if he can also play on the right that would be even better. Hibbo is a solid squad player but would rather have a bit more quality at RB.
We definitely will not get anywhere near Hoillet and need a right winger. Johnson would be great but not sure we could afford his wages even if we got him on loan. (Average wage at city is 85k/week!)
Re your final team, maybe its just me but I really dont want to see Fellaini playing behind Jelavic. He's supposed to be a DM. Would much prefer a fast, tricky, creative player in that role (like a cheaper version of a Mata or Silva). We bought the guy as a DM so play him in his proper position.
308 Posted 15/05/2012 at 23:52:14
Even after his being late for training one could argue he would do better once he signs permanently.
He does seem to have suffered in Real Madrid and still does because of it.
All he needs is for a manager to give him time to recover and to forget about his unlucky / unfair past.
I want both Pienaar and Drenthe, if not Drenthe then Hoilett, but I doubt we can afford him.
Fast and tricky wingers cost money which we do not have.
309 Posted 16/05/2012 at 00:10:58
Re. the realistic targets. Peinarr has to be the first priority. After that, Hoilett would be fantastic, either as a future left sided option or a second striker (instead of Cahill). Dempsey is unrealistic, he would cost nearer 10million than 5million, and there would be too much competition. Clyne would be a clever buy, and if we somehow got a little bit of money, Matt Jarvis has alot of potential.
311 Posted 16/05/2012 at 00:17:25
Klasnic from Bolton, plays with Jelly for Croatia ( before they both score loads in euro 2012 !! )
Jimmy.. your scaring me a bit now.
312 Posted 16/05/2012 at 00:14:58
No one else sees what we see ,Jimmy, and it is so fucking annoying. To be right and to be scorned. I'm right about Duffy, though.
Back to Sam's post. Sad days indeed when , and I agree with you Sam, £8 million to spend will seem wonderful.
316 Posted 16/05/2012 at 01:02:42
Turning up late for work, yes. Turning up late for work when you are meant to be an athlete and the staff detect you drank heavily the night before?
Poor little Royston...he gets paid a fortune for being a liability. He won't amount to anything as a footballer and will be placed in the Shandy category.
Get over it and stop slamming Moyes who actually has a proven record of delivering the goods rather than flattering to deceive like your lovechild.
336 Posted 16/05/2012 at 06:29:00
don't know if we will sign Straqs but Drenthe is a better-than-what-we-have player, can dribble, pass, long-range shot, pacey, 4 goals and 5 assist. Just don't know his personality, may be better than VD Meyde
Can't imagine if we cannot sign peanut back and don't give a chance to Drenthe, what this team looks like? we will struggle like the start of the season IMO...
In a business view, Drenthe worths 5m-8m, it should be cover his wages and make profit if we sell him next season, or even in January.
371 Posted 16/05/2012 at 10:03:05
Theres a case for championing Shane. A young lad with obvious talent who should go on to be a player for us.
Drenthe is a joke who has disrespected our club time and time again. Most people take Jimmy about as serious as Martian flu anyway, but his constant bleating about the fella who doesn't even want to play for Everton is now bordering on deranged.
383 Posted 16/05/2012 at 10:48:03
whilst i agree that Drenthe has pissed on his own chips "one of the best sides around" would almost certainly have done better at Wembley, Stoke and Wolves with him in the side!
Shame hes a knob but he did add something on the pitch - thats undeniable!
390 Posted 16/05/2012 at 11:45:16
If we got Pienaar and Hoilett plus a decent right back I'd be quite content until we could add maybe a striker and left back in January. I'm not overly keen to see Rodwell back in the side, I think he is over rated and more of an athlete than a footballer.
I want to see more of Barkley, plus is anybody else quite curious about what the young Francisco can do?
392 Posted 16/05/2012 at 12:05:07
Maybe its me but I just dont see the superstar player everyone is banging on about.
Considering he was supposed to be here to impress the ocasional burst of pace and odd goal cant disguise the fact that he ultimately had no respect for the club, the fans or his fellow pros.
395 Posted 16/05/2012 at 12:10:34
First it was Manuel fernandes, then Landon donovan now its Royston Drenthe
411 Posted 16/05/2012 at 12:58:08
I think Felli playing a more advanced role as he has towards the end of the season is the best position for him.
If we can get Pienaar back then that would be great. If not then I hope that Moyes will look at other options and sooner rather than later. There are good players out there, at decent prices if you look hard enough. And loan deals as well. Remember Pienaar was originally a loan signing as was a certain Mikel Arteta. Clubs such as Real Madrid and Barcelona have Reserve teams that play at a very high level ( I think Barcelona's Second team play in the Spanish equivalent of The Championship). These clubs will surely have talented youngsters who they will be prepared to loan out.
423 Posted 16/05/2012 at 12:56:13
Give it a rest
440 Posted 16/05/2012 at 14:20:20
These are no issue with Pienaar and Donovan, and I would go after both if we had the money. I can see Matt Jarvis as being a Moyes type of player... but he is not as good as the two players mentioned. Junior Hoillet does sound good... and I think we have a good shot at him... although we need an ACM. Felli can cover this role until Barkley comes of age or Baxter is given a go.
We need cover for Jelavic as 3rd priority; hopefully, if we get a new ACM, he can cover.
454 Posted 16/05/2012 at 14:58:12
besides that.. wiki'd Hoillet... think we have issues with Gosling and Lescott... this guy takes the cake... they bring him over at 13.. manage to get him into Germany while they sort out his permit.. eventually get him in.. make a name for him and he is going to leave on a free.. now that's loyalty!
the amount of Vitriol leveled at Lescott when he moved still mind boggles me. another point, another day.
469 Posted 16/05/2012 at 15:10:30
487 Posted 16/05/2012 at 15:59:40
Explain why anyone would think things are different now as opposed to the last 4 seasons.....
509 Posted 16/05/2012 at 16:51:40
Davey has just set it up by saying he would 'love' to be able to spend but he 'understands' our financial position.
So a Win Win then for Davey Boy what a pity he cant send an Everton team out with that same 'win win' attitude.
586 Posted 16/05/2012 at 21:04:06
This lad has a bright future and there is only so far that anybody's loyalty can be pushed before they have to look after number 1.
592 Posted 16/05/2012 at 21:14:47
Couldnt have put it better myself. As you eruditely outlined at the beginning of your post.....that is literally all you can say.
593 Posted 16/05/2012 at 21:08:25
AS I said Drenthe is on a free, but it is unlikely that Moyes will go for him.
If not then I support Pienaar and Donovan/Hoilett.
Problem is money though.
I fear we will struggle to get Pienaar even.
So if we do the only way we can get another winger is by looking at a free transfer.
With Drenthe we know he can deliver, but if he is beyond repair then Moyes has to find another just as good or better on a free.
And how is he going to do that?
Hoilett will cost around 4 million in compensation money, plus Donovan will cost about the same or more.
My tip is that Moyes will only manage to get Pienaar.
Without selling Fellaini or Jagielka we are stuck.
597 Posted 16/05/2012 at 21:52:02
Any of them would be fine for me, if we've only got a few quid in the kitty spend it wisely and get the man who makes us tick. That'll be, er, well, you know .......
657 Posted 17/05/2012 at 09:35:17
666 Posted 17/05/2012 at 10:20:45
Personally i wouldn't touch him with a barge pole. My bet is he'll go to QPR who can offer big wages for a faded star and he'll score a few goals before getting injured and they finish mid table.
708 Posted 17/05/2012 at 12:37:06
Neither would I. He's only been fit enough to get on the pitch 52 times in over 3 years.
If Tigres do want anyhting over a million for Straq then I can't see that happening.
That would leave us with Vellios and Anichebe as back up for Jelavic. Considering Anichebe's injury record it would be akin to going into a season with two strikers, one a very young, inexperienced player.
For that reason I think we will be in the market for a player who can go up top. I think the most likely looking player will be AJ unless we can convince Hoillett to come to us, which I doubt. Klasnic from Bolton who's also on a free is a good finisher too.
I'd even consider N'gog if it was for a low fee or free.
IMO it also means that Cahill will be around for another season. Moyes has used him as a lone striker in the past and if injuries bite we could need to again.
733 Posted 17/05/2012 at 14:48:34
Hoilett, Pienaar & Rodhegella yes but the others no thanks!
Am Glad a lot of people on here arn't in charge of transfer targets!
763 Posted 17/05/2012 at 17:10:38
766 Posted 17/05/2012 at 17:27:58
Jimmy and Drenthe are an "item".
767 Posted 17/05/2012 at 17:16:11
Watching Drenthe at times was a revelation in a Moyes team. He has pace, trickery and an amazing shot. Some said he was too much of a maverick for Everton, but I think that is exactly what the team needed, one exceptional talent to go with the hard workers. There hard work could cover the times he goes missing and he in turn could win some of the big games.
You've got to think to yourself though, why is this match winner being dropped by Madrid? Why has he failed at other clubs?
Unfortunately it is because he is a liability. We can afford to carry him at times on the pitch, on the basis that he could win games but we can't carry him in life generally. We can't allow him to live a party lifestyle and turn up when he feels like it. Ever since he signed there have been stories of his antics. He was given 'compassionate leave' and then even after couldn't turn up on time TWICe before the semi final against our biggest rivals. You can't accept that.
The right decision has been made, Drenthe has been binned and we are left to lament the fact that he is an idiot (although if he wasn't he would probably still be at Madrid and have never come to us in the first place).
End of story!
With the monopoly money I have lent the club I would like Holtby for the left wing (big Evertonian) and Narsingh of Heerenveen for the right wing.
More realistically I would go for
Rodellega - Striker
Hoillett - Right wing
Jennings - Bayern (going for less than a mil if you believe the papers)
Clyne - Right back.
All available Bosman style.
I would take Jarvis if he was available for about £3 mil. Haven't seen much of Beasejour.
I would grudgingly let Coleman go for £5 mil and show Anichebe and Yobo on the door for whatever I could get for them.
771 Posted 17/05/2012 at 17:54:35
774 Posted 17/05/2012 at 18:09:25
All very well being ambitious but you need the money to back it up....
781 Posted 17/05/2012 at 18:45:40
786 Posted 17/05/2012 at 18:26:13
I would then go for
Hoilett - albeit long shot but we can offer him first team football.
Rodhallega - Excellent backup for Jelavic and has pace.
If we have any funds players like Zaha at palace and Sigursson from hoffenheim.
If we don't Josh Mceachran - Try get him on loan. Excellent partnership with Barkley through the youth set up would be interesting to see them link up again.
Snodgrass from Leeds would be a typical Moyes signing. Can play on either wing.
969 Posted 18/05/2012 at 15:22:18
Moving on, good shout regard concerning Del Piero.
971 Posted 18/05/2012 at 15:32:35
983 Posted 18/05/2012 at 16:23:49
Also, consider our previous experience of maverick Dutch wingers
089 Posted 19/05/2012 at 01:57:06
God I love this time of year :-)
121 Posted 19/05/2012 at 10:12:05
Pienaar is the only priority though.
378 Posted 20/05/2012 at 14:19:11
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