Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Donovan: 'Once a Toffee, always a Toffee'
by Paul Kennedy, December 15th, 2011 5:02PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  americans abroad, england, los angeles galaxy, mls

MOST COMMENTED

[AMERICANS ABROAD] Landon Donovan's tweet early on Thursday signaled the move: "Once a Toffee, always a Toffee."

If he was to leave the MLS champion Los Angeles Galaxy is was going to be to Everton.

And if he was rejoining the Toffees, it was going to again be on loan.

The 29-year-old Donovan returns to an EPL club in similar straits to the situation it was in when he joined two years ago.

Everton is 12th in the EPL, the same position it was at when he arrived at Goodison Park midway through the 2010-11 season.

Injuries are a problem for Everton as they were then. Veteran Frenchman Louis Saha is still injury-prone, and Victor Anichebe is sidelined -- this time a groin injury.

Goals have been few and far between. The Toffees' leading scorer, 19-year-old Apostolos Vellios, has all of three goals.

And Everton's finances are a mess with a cumulative debt of $70 million, meaning free agents and loan players -- like Donovan -- are Toffees manager David Moyes' only option.

If anything, Everton is a weaker team today than it was two years when a strong second-half run that coincided with Donovan's arrival resulted in the Toffees climbing to eighth place, not good enough to qualify for Europe but not bad considering they were as low as 16th at Christmas.

Since then, Steven Pienaar, Everton's best player in 2009-10, has moved to Tottenham, and Spaniard Mikel Arteta was sold to Arsenal.

There is talk that Everton's best young player, 20-year-old Jack Rodwell, could be on the way to Manchester United during the January transfer window.

The two-month loan deal for Donovan will begin Jan. 1 when the transfer window reopens in England run until Feb. 25.

"The opportunity to return to Everton and play for such a well-respected club and a manager that I hold in such high regard was something that was simply too good to pass up," Donovan said in a Galaxy press release. "I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Everton in 2010 and I'm hopeful that we can experience similar success this time around. I want to thank David Moyes and [Galaxy coach] Bruce Arena, as well as executives from both clubs and Major League Soccer for allowing me this unique and special opportunity."



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Soccer America Men's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Thursday] Seyi Adekoya teamed up with fellow freshman Chase Gasper to break a 1-1 tie ...
What They're Saying: Sunil Gulati    
"None of this is personal. Some things could have been phrased differently because the actual opinions ...
AEG antes up at StubHub Center    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The LA Galaxy's owner, AEG, will invest over $15 million to improve facilities and ...
Another MLS flop in Central America    
[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Two days after the Portland Timbers, needing as little as a one-goal loss ...
Western Conference heavyweights square off    
[MLS: Three Games to Watch] Though only one playoff slot is yet to be determined between ...
Three players suspended for season finales    
[MLS DISCIPLINE] The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced Thursday three suspensions stemming from incidents occurring in matches ...
U.S. under-18 men's national team roster    
[CARSON CAMP] Head coach Javier Perez named a 36-player roster for the U.S. under-18 men's national ...
Cuellar stakes rebuilding work on qualifying    
[SCOUTING REPORT: Mexico] Four years ago in the semifinals of the Concacaf Women's Championship, Mexico beat ...
What They're Saying: Dunga    
"We suggest things so that there's a better atmosphere. We explained it to players and we ...
A horrible, hilarious PK miss     
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] You really must watch this botched penalty kick several times to ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives