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He’s been good…but Everton has been even better for him

Football FanCast columnist Rob Facey knows that, despite the tricky situation he finds himself in, David Moyes will make the right decision regarding Lescott.

Joleon Lescott was dropped from the Everton squad and forced to train on his own yesterday after manager David Moyes criticised the defender's poor attitude.

Lescott, who wants a move to Man City, had his transfer request rejected by Moyes last week and insists that mega rich City should meet their valuation of the player before the window closes at the end of the month.

"We have not had a significant enough offer for us to sell the player and that remains the case," Moyes said, as reported in The Times.

"I have never wanted to sell the player, but as I said before Ronaldo was sold by Manchester United, there will always be a price for a player, but Manchester City have not come close to meeting ours for Joleon.

"Personally, the biggest disappointment is that Joleon is a very good boy behind it all and the people who have been advising him are giving him poor information and have turned a good lad into something else. I can see by the reaction of his team-mates that they are disappointed in him as well.

"He might be in the first-team squad for this weekend if I see there is a change in his attitude."

Moyes went on to say that the prospect of making the England squad for the World Cup next summer should motivate him to concentrate on his football, but surely playing for Everton and trying to break the top four should be motivation enough for a player of his calibre?

What is to say that he will be in a better position to do so at City?

Ah… the money. I get it.

Moyes is in an unenviable position and whatever he does he is likely to upset some camps but, ultimately, he knows it will be more damaging to hold on to a player who wants to leave than persist with him.

He was awful on Saturday and Moyes has made the right decision in dropping him tonight, but there will be a time, if he stays at the club for the next few weeks, where they will need him again.

What does Moyes do then?

Everton are holding out for £30m whereas City are reluctant to bid more than the £18m already tabled.

Everton host Sigma Olomouc tonight in the Europa League play-off and distractions like this are the exact sort of thing that holds a club back.

Lescott should realise that while he has been a revelation for Everton, the club have been even better for him. They have provided him with the platform on which he has been able to perform at the top, top level.

He would never be in the England squad if he never made the move to Goodison. It is time for loyalty to be shown, but this looks most unlikely.

Moyes, always working in the best interests of the club, knows what he needs to do. Lets hope, for the good of the game, that Everton show that no one player is bigger than the club.

 

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