My Evertonian work-mates are euphoric about the re-signing on loan of Landon Donovan. The first 100 posts on the announcement on ToffeeWeb show about 80% welcome his return with a minority sharing my view that this is merely a sop to the masses as the crack-papering season gets into full swing.
Now, don't get me wrong, Donovan is a decent player but to me he achieved cult status too early and on very limited evidence. Just remember that the player he will replace, Seamus Coleman, was similarly lauded after his first handful of appearances but we all now recognise his limitations.
Tommy Gravesen only became a hero after he went to Spain and both Arteta and the Yak are far more appreciated now they play for other clubs than they ever were when here.
So what really makes an Everton hero? If time serving was the only criteria, Hibbo and Ossie would be there already but, in both their cases, familiarity certainly breeds contempt.
I guess most of us would trot out Alex Young, Brian Labone and Bally in past eras but, in Premier times, heroes have been harder to find.
Dave Watson, Big Dunc, Unsey, Kanchelskis, Gary Speed and Kevin Cambell all graced the first ten years of the so-called `modern era` but in more recent times heroes have been in short supply.
For what it`s worth, Nigel Martin has been my outstanding performer ? Mr Consistency personified ? and barely adequately replaced. But who is your outstanding performer of the last ten years?.....
Please dont give me Yanks who`ve played barely a handful of games!
Phil Walling, Posted 16/12/2011 at 13:25:55
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A good enough player, to be sure, but not great IMO.
In this age of total dross on the pitch, he was a breath of fresh air.
Like Coleman last season.
And Drenthe this season.
But in proper Everton teams of the past Landon would be no more highly regarded than the likes of Terry Curran or Peter Beagrie.
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