Silly season is fast approaching and the rumour mill is in full flow, first on the list is Tottenham's Defoe.
Defoe has a top record of scoring goals, a goal-scoring machine who tends to go hot and cold during the season; when he is hot, he is hot... and when he is cold... well, he offers little to nothing.
My question is: Would Defoe suit our set-up at Everton? Is he a Moyes-type player?
Firstly, Defoe has always played with a partner, so for me, Defoe is the wrong man for Everton!! Moyes will never play 4-4-2 not matter what players we have ? how on earth could he fit in his lovechild of Osman, an off-form Cahill?
However, if Moyes decided to grow a set of balls, our line-up could look something like this:
Howard Coleman Jagielka Distin Baines Donovan Rodwell Fellaini Drenthe Defoe SahaScary looking team, isn't it? Will it happen? No chance!
Sean Mckenna, Posted 28/11/2011 at 19:17:14
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1 Posted 29/11/2011 at 01:03:54
2 Posted 29/11/2011 at 01:01:09
Can't understand this business of Moyes being so defensive in selecting his team.
When I came in with Donovan, Moyes managed from defend to attack (like every other top Manager) and we looked a top side.
He manages to the talent available. If Defoe helps the team get forward, while putting in a true 90 minute shift, we should sign him.
3 Posted 29/11/2011 at 01:39:41
Defoe would be a quality signing however you have to question the point of all these loan deals. Say Defoe and Donovan fired us into Europe again, they still wouldn't stay and next season we would be left watching Osman and Cahill coming up blank yet again....
4 Posted 29/11/2011 at 01:58:35
"and when he is cold... well, he offers little to nothing"
Definitely a Moyes-type player then.
5 Posted 29/11/2011 at 03:35:30
6 Posted 29/11/2011 at 05:27:24
7 Posted 29/11/2011 at 05:32:10
It really all depends how much of the Arteta/Beckford money goes to the bank and how much goes on players. If we only have a few million, Defoe might be good business. If we have 10 million or more to spend, he wouldn't be my first choice.
8 Posted 29/11/2011 at 06:24:05
9 Posted 29/11/2011 at 06:26:20
Until he actually realises that a striker can only score goals when the midfield support them, all Everton striikers will continues to work away up front chasing lost causes.
Personally I wouldn't waste the club's money on a striker, I would stick with Vellios, Saha, and I would also give Gueye a game. Perhaps with a tactical set-up more attuned to scoring goals, DM will find that he has a striker already at the club!!!!
10 Posted 29/11/2011 at 06:51:40
So a defender it is then as backup to Hibbo.
11 Posted 29/11/2011 at 10:17:56
Besides, he'd probably be ¬£10+ million. I imagine we will get someone in on loan. There's been talk of Lukaku from Chelsea, and we might be linked with someone like Chamakh. I wouldn't get your hopes up that we will be bringing in anyone top class!
12 Posted 29/11/2011 at 11:18:20
Defoe is a cracking player, I like him because he is greedy. Too many players these days are "playing for the team", well balls to that, have a crack. The crowd will never get on a players back for having a pot shot at goal, in fact most of the Lower Gwladys actively encourage it.
If we could afford him, then it's a yes from me.
13 Posted 29/11/2011 at 11:06:09
About four foot tall and challenging for arial balls against giant central defenders? Check.
As burly and muscular as a Japanese prisoner of war yet expected to back in and hold the ball up whilst waiting for Osman to join in the attack? Check.
A goalscorer who comes alive in or around the box
but never gets anywhere near it because he's constantly 'running the channels'? Check.
A striker all his career so a good candidate to play out wide whenever the opportunity arises? Check.
I can see it now. He'd be fucking awesome.
I've always thought the ideal forward for Moyes would be Kevin Doyle from Wolves. Decent in the air, can hold the ball up, good close control, works his arse off, but totally one paced, never scores, and as likely to rise to the occasion as John Wayne Bobbitt when some bitch waves a pair of scissors in his face
14 Posted 29/11/2011 at 11:31:58
Would you say Moyes shares that philosophy though Tony? Working hard and putting in a shift 'for the team' has always appeared to me to be the first demand Moyes makes of any player.
15 Posted 29/11/2011 at 13:35:30
If he did though, I could see us in with a chance, because we aren't in competition with Spurs for the top places.
16 Posted 29/11/2011 at 17:55:49
17 Posted 29/11/2011 at 19:12:11
Of course, Defoe isn't the only valid answer.
18 Posted 30/11/2011 at 11:45:03
I think a more realisitic target is his fellow Spursian, Pavlyuchenko.
He's tall, great technique, strong. Yes, he is sometimes lazy but he is very talented, and is more likely to go than Defoe because he is clearly way below the pecking order. A loan move would suit him too so he can get some form going into the European Championships.
Pavluychenko is our man!
19 Posted 30/11/2011 at 12:16:48
Also Defoe is not the answer as Moyes will not play 4-4-2. Like others have said, maybe Pavluychenko is the better option. He might even work well with Bily. Now there's an idea.
20 Posted 30/11/2011 at 22:35:40
He does what none of our current players cannot do,and that is shoot at the goal from outside the box, mostly he is on target.
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