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Donavon and Everton profit from short term deal.

The loan deal for Landon Donavon from Los Angele’s Galaxy to Everton may have gone under the radar for many but already it looks like it may be a shrewd move by manager, David Moyes.

Initially for only 10 weeks, already player and manager are pushing to make the move permanent such has been the ease of the USA captain’s transition to Goodison.

Since joining the Merseyside club Donavon has been impressive; laying on the equalizer against Arsenal on his debut, playing out the whole 90 minutes against Man City and scoring his first goal against Sunderland during last midweek. At weekend he started against Wigan and played out 75 minutes before being replaced. Since joining the Toffee Men they have not lost a game winning 5 a row in the league, a statistic which is viewed as no co-incidence by pundits and experts alike. So far he seems to have been the perfect signing.

He has slotted into a midfield encompassing Leon Osman, Stephan Pienaar and Maraoune Felliaini with ease and seems to be a perfect foil for his more inventive centre partners but while contributing defensively he has liked with the resurgent Tim Cahill and mercurial Louis Saha.

Donovan is no stranger to European football having previously had short, unsuccessful terms with Bayer Leverkusen and most recently Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. However, the player himself gave a hint to the apparent reason for previous failure in a midweek interview citing;

“You kind of get a sense of family and community here (talking of Everton) that I haven’t felt at other European clubs, I think that wears off on you and when you feel comfortable and you feel at home you’re going to play better.”
He went on: “It’s been seamless for me since day one, I walked into the locker room and Phil Neville was in there and he just talked to me like I was part of the team. He made me feel normal and everybody is the same way.”

Donavon had never sampled the English Premier League (EPL) and may have looked at this move (at 27 years old) as his last chance to break into the big time. The relative success of Jose Altidore at Hull City could have strengthened his decision but in reality he has everything to gain and nothing to lose.

His is lauded as the best Major Soccer League (MSL) player at home, even managing to upstage his LA Galaxy team-mated David Beckham (indeed Donavon may have spied the success of Beckham’s Milan loan deal and taken heart) and is captain of the National team. So far he has represented the United States 120 times, including two World Cups and scored 42 times at international level,impressive statistics.

As a result his place on the plane to South Africa is assured whether his loan deal is a success or not. The MSL is close season just now so he would ordinarily be idle or on pre-seaon training so the loan to Goodison comes at a perfect time. The only real risk may be if he picks up a serious injury in the more physical EPL.

The question now is whether he chooses to extend his stay at Everton or instead chooses to remain with the home comforts of the MSL. With the transfer window now shut it is likely that any deal will have to wait until after the World Cup, frustrating for both club and player.

David Moye’s is clearly impressed with his temporary recruit and has been considering a modest bid of £3 million for the midfielder, a figure that surely must be at least doubled to ensure his permanent services. A successful world cup may increase his price even more.

Country man and Everton team-mate Tim Howard has been similarly impressed by Donavon and promises of improvement to his impressive start.

“He’s very composed,” said the goalkeeper. “But it’s hard to come into a team and pick up the system and how you fit in. That’s going to slowly come and he’ll get better. He’s a top player and he’s very humble and works hard. He’ll accept the criticism and he’ll put that into the plan and get better and better.”

It remains to be seen if Captain America can continue his excellent start and conquer the EPL.

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11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. alimcl24

    2 February, 2010 at 02:33

    can,t get the paragraphs to seperate………….ggggggggggggggggggggggggrrrrrrrr

  2. Feedback

    8 February, 2010 at 09:48

    Landon Donovon > Landon Donovan
    Los Angele’s Galaxy > Los Angeles Galaxy
    At weekend > At the weekend
    Jose Altidore > Jozy Altidore
    A good choice of player for the article and an interesting well put together read, just a shame it is let down by numerous little mistakes.

  3. ali

    8 February, 2010 at 16:35

    hmmmmmm.

    i,ve jozy spelled like this many times in the USA..i don,t think it is the hispanic spelling

    yeah..i had to change all the donovan spelling but missed that one

    chhers for feedback

  4. Feedback

    8 February, 2010 at 20:25

    You went from Donavon to Donovon, when it should be Donovan 🙂

  5. ali

    8 February, 2010 at 20:33

    yeah

    changed ot 3-4 times because others advised me of the spelling….wrongly

    donavon alike donavan bailey…or donovon alike the sixties singer “mellow yellow etc

    or danavon alike the way the Americans pronounce it….sheesh

    i,m correct with Altidore though..its defo Jozy and not Jose

    i think you,ve been a little harsh with numerous spelling mistakes as well

  6. Feedback

    8 February, 2010 at 20:50

    You wrote: “The relative success of Jose Altidore at Hull City could have strengthened”, that is why I pointed out it is Jozy, which you now agree with.

    Yes it is harsh, but it is also very important to get these things right. When it comes to the challenges, there is often not a lot between the articles, so little mistakes like this will cost you. I have pointed out what has adversely affected your score. The mistakes also can make your articles look unprofessional before someone has even read it, if you make the mistake with the players name in the title.

    Also check your use of Mascherano, as when you claimed in the latest thread, you used Macherano and I’d hate for you to have the same problems again in task two.

  7. ali

    8 February, 2010 at 20:55

    fair enough..

    yeah its a bit lasy on my part

    chose Mascherano after picking Christain Benitez of Birmingham first then realising Ecuador are not in World Cup, so it could have been a lot worse

    could of re-submitted Giovanni Dos Santos article but i,m unsure if he moved from Spurs??

    other Mexicans are Franco and Vela

  8. Feedback

    8 February, 2010 at 21:07

    Giovani dos Santos went on loan to Galatasaray

  9. ali

    8 February, 2010 at 21:15

    cheers

    heard that but was unsure

    Rijkaard obviously likes min from Barca days

    criminally under used by “Arry”

  10. alimcl24

    8 February, 2010 at 21:28

    I was pretty certain i had changed all those mistakes before the 6th so i looked back in my account and i had.

    However for some reason my articles are constantly resorting to original versions.

    You can see how much i,ve altered the article below

    http://footballblog.co.uk/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=1919&message=5&revision=1946

    Also the photo,s never come out centred or justified.

  11. Feedback

    8 February, 2010 at 23:37

    That revision is from when you had originally spelled it: Donavon

    you then changed it to Donovon

    but it is actually spelled: Donovan

    I don’t think there is a problem with the revisions, I believe the history of the revisions show what has happened to the article correctly.

    As for the images, I put them to central for you. What you need to do is make sure there is no extra formatting to the article, from anything like Word.

    If you copy your article text into notepad or any basic text editor, then copy out from there and paste in to the blogsFC editor. If you put it in to the HTML section it will not have any extra formatting. Then switch to visual and click on the image, then the center icon and the image should be repositioned correctly.

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