19 August 2000
15 May 2005
30 June 2005
|Date of birth
||1 July 1974
||6' 0" (183 cm)
||England B & U-21
|Good going forward
Puts good balls into the box
Courage & determination
Tackling & teamwork
|Not great at keeping the ball
||179(29) + 41(14)
||12 + 2
||39(2) + 11(1)
||0 + 1
Steve Watson turned down a move back to his
native North East with Middlesbrough to join the Blues when he signed from
Aston Villa ins the summer of 2000. He cost Everton a £2.5M fee,
just two years after Walter Smith tried to sign him from Newcastle for
Watson admitted: "It was a tough call between Middlesbrough and
Everton because I have an awful lot of respect for Bryan
Robson." Watson also revealed how fellow Geordie Paul Gascoigne
helped persuade him to join Everton, because of his praise for Goodison
Park boss Walter Smith.
"I didn't need to go ringing everybody up asking what Walter Smith
was like to play for because Gazza can never speak too highly of him after
playing for him at Rangers," Watson added.
"It was a football decision because I don't think there is a doubt
Everton has a successful future with the manager and the staff they've got
The versatile Geordie is at home in both midfield or defense, centre or on
the right, although his favoured position is the right back place he found
himself in at Villa. Despite still being young he has made well over
200 appearances in all competitions, his breakthrough coming in 1990 when
at 16 he became the youngest first team player at Newcastle.
Watson said of leaving Villa Park: "I had to get away because I
spent too much time on the bench for someone who has thoughts of going
higher in the game. "It was more or less a year wasted – a
year when I took a step back as a player and I had to put that
He failed to find a consistent run of form at Villa Park after his £4M
transfer from Newcastle United in 1998, but Everton, eager to cover for
the defensive shortcomings in their squad, were happy to take a chance on
the 26-year-old. Having signed a five-year contract worth £2.5M,
the capture of Watson followed that of Alessandro
Pistone, another defender, from Newcastle the week before.
Watson's early-season form in 2000/01 was solid but not spectacular –
except in his uncanny ability to score own-goals and gift goal-scoring
opportunities to the opposition. Everton fans, however, were
generous in allowing him time to settle and he has become a popular figure
with the Goodison faithful after some hard-working displays on the right
side of the field.
More of an attacking player than an out-and-out defender, he is more
comfortable playing as a right winger than a true right back. And in
the 2001-02 season, he found himself employed as a striker alongside
Tomasz Radzinski as Smith sought emergency cover for the injured Kevin
Campbell and Duncan Ferguson.
Steve Watson was not utilized as much by David Moyes, who never seemed to
see him as a first-choice player, no matter how reliably he could perform.
Perhaps Moyes could see a lack of flair... a long-term journeyman role was
the best Watson could realistically expect as Moyes strove to build a
young team in place of Everton's aging geriatrics. The irony was
Watson's rather handsome goal-scoring under Moyes — at least until the
final 2004-05 season, when Watson was finally edged out by a more
confident and emphatic Tony Hibbert.
So, Despite the prospect of Champions Leaguer football , it perhaps no
surprise that Watson turned down a one year extension... NO, it was a
massive surprise that he was even offered an extension... but this was the
way Moyes apparently chose to test the resolve of his reluctant
When training resumed on 1 July 2005, Watson was nowhere to be seen. He had left Everton by default,
having rejected the one-year contract offered him by Moyes. A
strange decision considering Everton's chances in the Champions League,
but later news that he had secured a three-year contract at West Brom
showed where his priorities lie: job security!
Last updated by Michael Kenrick,