Moyes happy with strong squad


Everton boss David Moyes believes the squad he has assembled for the new season is the strongest since he arrived at Goodison Park from Preston North End more than eight years ago.

The 47-year-old has signed Jermaine Beckford, Magaye Gueye, Jan Mucha and Joao Silva this summer while keeping all his big-name stars and is pleased with his dealings since the end of last season.

After watching his team beat Melbourne Heart 2-0 in a pre-season friendly thanks to goals by Jack Rodwell and Louis Saha, Moyes said:"I think in my time at Everton we've now got as strong a squad as we've ever had so I'm looking forward to the new season and seeing how it goes.

"I'm not a great goal-setter. I think you take the next game and you get on with it and you see where you end up.

"But we're ambitious and we want to do well and we've got a great desire to do better than what we've done in the past so we'll just try to keep it going and hopefully see where we end up

"I thought that we needed a little bit more firepower up front and that's why we've brought Jermaine Beckford in.

"Jermaine's just struggling a bit with his groin just now. He's not quite comfortable yet at training so we weren't going to use him but I felt we could get 20 minutes so I think he felt fine.

"His first touch and his first movement nearly showed you why he's scored so many goals through the lower leagues. We're giving him a great opportunity to see if he can do it at the highest level."

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