With the football season over, players, managers, coaching staff and fans usually pack their bags and enjoy a well earned break in places we could could only dream of going. But for David Moyes, it’s a very different story. Moyes is already focusing his attention on next season and is intent on following in the footsteps of Harry Redknapp and Tottenham by breaking into the top four.
And Moyes has stated his intent with two summer signings already. Jermaine Beckford has arrived from Leeds on a free transfer and now Everton fans can look forward to another striker gracing the field of Goodison Park. João Pedro Pereira Silva.
Silva has been compared to former Portugal national side star Pauleta, because of their similar physique and the similar career path through the lower leagues in Portugal, rather than from one of the big clubs. The Portugal Under-20 international will no doubt bring goals to the Toffees armour having been second top scorer in the Portuguese second division with 14 goals for Desportivo das Aves. It’s a fantastic record when you consider it was his first campaign since graduating to the professional ranks at the club.
Everton had to fend off a lot of competition for the highly talented 6ft 2in forward having caught the attention of several English clubs.
The 20-year-old striker has penned a three-year deal after Everton agreed a fee of around £500,000. A bargain when you consider that Silva is one of the brightest prospects in European football. There is no doubt that Moyes has picked out a gem of a player and a player that will most definitely have fans on their feet once again.
Written By Jonathan Moulds