OCT
14
2012
Why Everton Cannot Allow Kevin Mirallas To Block This Mans Return
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The scintillating form of Everton new boy Kevin Mirallas should not stand in the way of Landon Donovan returning to Merseyside in January.

The Belgian has been a revelation since signing from Olympiacos and his link up play with fellow Belgian Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic has at times been a joy to watch.

With that in mind, it would be easy to suggest that the impact made by the 25-year old makes the annual loan of Donovan a luxury more than a necessity.

However, Everton still possess a squad high in quality but lacking in quantity and one or two key injuries could really hamper the blues in their bid for European football.

It is widely regarded that David Moyes' strongest side is a match for anyone but eleven players alone doesn't get you very far.

The key to success in the best league on the planet is having the players available to mix it up when things aren't going according to plan.

It is no coincidence that Manchester United score so many late goals (although the other way around against Everton) or that Manchester City won the Premier League in the last minute of the last game.

The clubs challenging for honours at the moment have the ability to completely change the direction of a game with one quality substitution.

As things stand, if Everton need a late goal the main trick Moyes has up his sleeve is to throw on Victor Anichebe in a bid to rough up the opposition defence and try and bully them into submission.

In fairness, Anichebe has made a positive start to the season and there is a time and place for such an approach (see Stoke's recent visit to Anfield).

However, if Everton want to be competing for a top four spot by the time May comes around then it is essential that plan B is not the sole alternative available.

Donovan has the ability to unlock a defence with one pass, his through ball into the path of Anichebe to steal a late point at Villa Park last season proved that.

Also, the circumstances by which the American made his return seem a distant memory.

Bolton were the visitors when the 30-year old made his second debut on a windy evening at Goodison Park that saw the lowest home league attendance during Moyes' tenure.

Tim Howard's freak goal from inside his own box was as good as it got for the blues that night who succumbed to a woeful 2-1 defeat and it was clear that the Toffees were lacking in confidence.

Everton needed Donovan in that moment and he delivered.

He played his part in some much improved performances and was instrumental in the victory over newly crowned champions, Manchester City, claiming an assist for the only goal of the game.

This time around Everton would most certainly not be reliant on the L.A Galaxy star. The craft of Steven Pienaar and skill of Mirallas, accompanied by the hardworking Steven Naismith and goals from Jelavic have seen the blues transform themselves into a much feared attacking outlet.

The January arrival of Donovan however would provide the side with a timely boost. A much healthier state of affairs when compared to the cry for help that saw him return last season.

Moyes has always been open to a mid-season loan move and it would appear feasible to see the USA captain bring a friend with him from across the pond.

The Blue Kangaroo anyone?

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Comments about Why Everton Cannot Allow Kevin Mirallas To Block This Mans Return
 
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Mirallas is better and younger than Landon. I don't think Landon would be happy at coming back for a few weeks just to be a bench warmer.
Ste Phillips, Litherland, 11:06 AM 17/10/2012
 
5
Kev, Walton, is it as straight forward as Donavon turning us down? Did we ever have an offer for a permanent move accepted by the MLS and a contract put in front of Landon which he said no to? Not to my knowledge. From what I remember the possibility of a permanent move was something he was interested in but MLS wouldnt have it and we couldnt afford it, I think its a bit harsh on him to say he's had his chance and blew it. As for big vic, Parky is right in saying vic has all those attributes, unfortunately he doesnt put them to good use often and consistently enough. He spends too much time moaning about decisions and on the floor banging his fists against the ground in anger at not getting a free kick. When he gets his attitude right and in those situations gets straight back up and closes a defender down, like Cahill used to, he will become a much better player.
Paul H, Walton, 12:19 PM 16/10/2012
 
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Donovan has said that he wont come over again he said it in pre season when Tim Howard kept asking him to join us
padda, ashmore park wolverhampton, 9:08 AM 16/10/2012
 
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Does no one have faith in Big Victor? He is a constant threat and still a very young man, why is he not premiership material?, the finish against the magpies was top quality and a decent run in the side might be enough to prove all those doubters wrong, he has strength, power, pace and looks impossible to defend against, his finishing has certainly let him down in the past but he looks to have worked on that over the past season, in my opinion he can only get better and his desire to do well might just start to change peoples minds
Parky, Kent, 3:00 PM 15/10/2012
 
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Donovan or Mirallas....? Well the Belgian gets my vote every time. Dont get me wrong, Donovan would be a great addition to our squad once again:- but at most he's a squad/impact player and should be used accordingly.... if he ever came back. Bottom line is that once Mirallas settles into a second season Donovan wouldnt be able to lace Super Kevs boots, besides Donovan had his opportunity to cement a first team place and become a Gwladys street legend twice and twice he didnt fancy it while Super Kev committed to us with enthusiasm:- I'm not turning my nose up at Donovan coming to us, but Kev is our future and Donovan isnt.....
kev, walton, 1:12 PM 15/10/2012
 
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Correct me if im wrong but didnt Donovan come out in the press towards end of last season and say he was having a break from football in the USA break. Now I want him back as much as the next person but I honestly think with the form of our wing players and covers for that fact I think Landon would struggle to get a 1st team place. I think Moyes should concentrate on building with what weve got. We need cover for Jelevic, Jogger, Gibbo and maybe another centre back if Buzz retires at end of the season. On another note whats happened with Vellios ? Ano there was a bust up with Moyes but we could do with bringing him in more often cos face it how much we try to believe. Big Vic just doesn play up to premiership standards.
Jonnyg, Formby, 11:47 PM 14/10/2012
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