Everton Transfer Musings… Banega, Lescott, and moreBy Ryan Grant • Aug 24th, 2009 • Category: Fan Articles |
Assuming Joleon Lescott makes his reportedly £24-25M switch to Manchester City today, Moyes should have a substantial amount of money in his hand.
Kenwright has always said that any money on transfers will go straight back into Moyes hand. And since Everton reportedly bid around £13m for Gago and somewhere around that mark for Defour, there must of already been a reasonable amount of money available to the Everton gaffer.
So, in theory there should be about £40M assuming Moyes gets all the Lescott money. Don’t kill me if thats wrong, but that’s what you would expect. Moyes has said he wants to add four new faces, and it’ll be with that money. Now that works out £10M a player. That might not be enough money still for quality players, and I personally don’t know how he’s going to get these players in anyway, but anyway lets take a look at his plans.
Everton will need a first choice, and backup central defender when Lescott leaves the club. Where are we going to find a left sided left footed central defender who is as good if not better as Lescott anyway? For backup, you could say Steven Taylor of Newcastle United would be a good acquisition.
For me, that’s already two players we need. Now, our right back area is weak in most views (and probably David Moyes’) and as we rely on them in our 4-5-1 ‘hoof to Fellaini and win the second ball’ formation I feel a new first choice right back would be needed. So that’s, 3 players right?
Then lets move to the midfield, the move for Banega has been called in other ways nonsense by the player, his agent and Valencia. But, why get work permit for him? Seems strange we’d get a work permit for a player if we’re not going to get him! If that’s true that’s pathetic.
IF the deal for the talented deep lying playmaker comes true, arguably we will need another central midfielder. You could say it’s the ‘Essien’ type player that we need – someone who can defend, and attack – the engine room. I feel Moyes might want to bring in two midfielders.
Finally, this for me is a weak point. We have no right sided wingers (of left wingers mind you). Leon Osman, a player who I like, is not a natural ‘winger’. He’s lightweight and has no pace. I do think he is decent in the middle of the park where he can get onto the ball but out wide he doesn’t look great. We need another Kanchelskis.
Everton have a good first team, but not a great ’squad’. You could easily say we need left back cover and left wing cover too. I think these areas will go unnoticed. What if Baines gets injured – his that young lad Bidwell going to cope at left back? Doubt it.
I’m not sure if Moyes is serious in saying he only needs four signings, and how he’s even going to get them. Shandy, Nuno and Jacobsen left. Right back, left back, right winger. And we had a tiny squad before they left! We could be playing 60+ games this season. I just hope he can bring players in. The most important must be a center half, right back, center midfielder and right winger. I wouldn’t be surprised if we sign some more players on loan and a couple of massive signings…
I could go on about transfers, and I hope I’ve been only saying what everyone is thinking. Watch this space, although you might have to wait till 11.59pm sitting refreshing our Forums thread list to see if we’ve signed someone yet.
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