Considering his successful loan spell at Everton last January I was surprised to see that David Moyes, the Everton boss had not do all he could in order to capture USA international, Landon Donovan. In this day and age things are never plain sailing in Football, and due to the financial restrictions at Everton during the summer the move was never really in the offing.
David Moyes did however admit that had things been different he would have liked to have taken the forward back to Goodison Park during the summer after a very successful loan spell at the club. Once again it was made clear that due to the clubs financial constraints they would not be able to afford the L.A. Galaxy striker who is valued at £10m.
Donovan had also expressed his desire to return to the club. Through the summer Donovan in no uncertain terms acknowledged his desire to stay at the Merseyside club by stating he “would love to go back to Everton”
During his time in England the American was favoured by the Everton faithful who took to him after his industrious and resourceful performances. Donovan proved so popular that a collection of Everton fans started a campaign on Facebook in order to tempt the American to stay. The aptly named group ‘Keep Landon Donovan at Everton’ stunned the American.
Speaking as a guest on Sky Sports show ‘Goals on Sunday’ Phil Jagielka, Everton centre half spoke highly of Donovan and when asked if he would like to see Donovan back at the club in January, Jagielka said: “Yeah, definitely. Landon was a great success last year…He gave us different outlets so it was nice to have him on loan for a few months, although obviously we couldn’t quite make that permanent in the summer”
Landon Donovan’s popularity was very much down to the fact that he had turned in some stunning performances throughout his 10 week spell at the club. “The 27-year-old striker created a goal for Leon Osman on his debut at Arsenal, and then made an impressive home bow in the 2-0 win over Manchester City” Donovan is now held in such high esteem it would seem surprising should Everton not try to sign the striker at some point in the near future, even if it is only on loan again.
Furthermore, with the manager, Landon Donovan himself, the fans and the Everton players open to a return to Everton it is surprising that Bill Kenwright, Everton chairman did not delve into his pockets in order to sign the forward. We must remember that running a Football Club is also a business and balancing the books must be the first port of call. However, should Bill Kenwright break the bank to sign a player that has proved so popular?
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