David Moyes' Best Signings for Everton

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David Moyes joined Everton following the sacking of Walter Smith in March 2002. He was regarded as one of the most promising young managers in the country when he arrived at Goodison Park and has justified that assessment ever since.

His transfer activity has been extremely impressive during his Everton tenure, uncovering gem after gem for extremely reasonable prices. So here are the top five signings by David Moyes during his time at Everton.

Mikel Arteta – 159 apps, January 2005 – present

Signed by Moyes in the January transfer window of 2005 initially on loan but with view to a permanent transfer, he excelled at Goodison Park and the loan was made permanent in July 2005 for £2 million, a paltry fee considering his impact. Awarded Everton Player of the Season in 2006 and 2007, plus Everton Player’s Player of the Season 2006, he has become a key component in Moyes’ Everton side.

Initially thought of as a defensive midfielder in the mould of Pep Guardiola, he has established himself on the right-wing, his close control and dribbling are among the best in the EPL and last season he was the most fouled player in the league.

Tim Cahill – 196 apps, July 2004 – present

A summer 2004 acquisition by Moyes and one of the best. Brought in from Championship club Millwall for a fee of £1.5 million and it has been one of the best pieces of business made by the Everton manager.

In his first season with the club he was top scorer with 12 goals and also won the clubs Player of the Season award. He is also the first Everton player since Dixie Dean in 1931 to score in three separate Merseyside derbies at Anfield.

Best known for his late runs into the box and ability to score with his head, he is a tremendous threat for Everton and carries the fight from the middle of the park.

Joleon Lescott – 143 apps, June 2006 – August 2009

Signed by Moyes in the summer of 2006 after a long career at Wolverhampton Wanderers for a sum of £5 million.

He was voted player’s Player of the Season in 2007 and 2008 due to his consistent performances and earned himself the nickname ‘Mr. Consistency’. A pillar of strength at the back for Everton he managed to work his way into the England squad with his impressive form.

His legacy at Everton will be soured by his departure to Manchester City, but even so, the fee of £22 million was a magnificent profit on the initial payout and a great piece of business by David Moyes.

Steven Pienaar – 102 apps, July 2007 – present

Brought in on loan from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2007, he was an instant hit at Goodison Park. His creativity was vital in a hardworking Toffees midfield, and Moyes eventually made the move permanent a year later for a fee of £2 million.

He learned his football at Ajax and was part of a successful side which contained the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a move to Dortmund followed but he did not settle and thanks to Moyes his career has been reinvigorated.

His dynamic performances for Everton and South Africa have caught the eye of many top European clubs, so only time will tell if Moyes can hold onto one of his starlets.

Tim Howard – 178 apps, May 2006 – present

Arriving from rivals Manchester United in the summer of 2006, he had failed to make the grade at Old Trafford and was initially given a one year loan deal by Moyes. His performances were so impressive that the transfer was made permanent in February 2007 for a fee of around £3 million, another bargain by the Everton manager.

Ever reliable and regularly producing excellent saves, the keeper was one short of equalling Neville Southall’s record of 15 clean sheets in the league during the 2007/08 season.

On April 19, 2009, in the FA Cup semi final, he saved two penalties against his former club Manchester United in a penalty shoot-out to send Everton to the final against Chelsea.

Impressive stuff indeed, but do you agree? Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

12 thoughts on “David Moyes' Best Signings for Everton”

  1. I know you can’t name them all put Phil Neville, Phil Jagielka, Joseph Yobo and Nigel Martyn all deserve a mention.

  2. P Nev definitely.. baines too, and saha worthy of a mention. Bent for a pittance helping us to 4th place.. nuno valente a quality buy too and often overlooked. Fellaini will be soon.. jags..heitinga worth at least double 6 mill too.

    Only Wenger can rival his transfer record

  3. Just a loan, but Landon Donovan turned out to be a smart pickup, helping them to big wins over Chelsea and Manchester United, and a draw against Arsenal. Those are seven big points as they yet again battle for Europe.

    Moyes really is a great manager, he has made Everton a team that each Big Four circles on their fixture list as a tough matchup.

    1. yes because there is a lot of financial and talent parity in the EPL that Moyes should have won a title by now. Also – Martin O’Neil and Roy Hogson should also be sacked.

  4. Phil Neville deserves a mention as does Saha and Jagielka. David Moyes has an incredible eye for these things hes done an amazing job of transforming the squad on a freaking budget! Honestly compare all the money City blew on those retards and look at what Moyes did with the team that took them apart.

    1. Or indeed the retards? that fergie signed who got an massive ass whooping when they played Everton or Chelsea, City’s retards screwed them home and away!! Yet the biggest spending club of ALL time couldn’t. The only retard here is Tyson the pretend season ticket holding, major bitter bitter plastic sky season ticket glory hunting fake red supporter.U Sad sad plastic man! Ha ha ha what a fool.

  5. Moyes is a top manager, and I hope he stays with us for a while to come. I can see him leaving for bigger things one day, but not any time soon. He’s still young for his trade and dare I say has a couple things yet to learn. That said, he deserves silverware, and I hope he gets it starting next season with Everton.

    I think people sometimes fail to see just how good these signings are. Everton have had consistent 6th-5th place finishes on the table for the last handful of seasons. Take a team like Liverpool as a different example, now their BAD signings cost them between 4 and up to 10 times as much, and they have only been finishing 5th-3rd consistently the last half-dozen seasons.

    -Everton’s good business-
    Arteta: 2m
    Cahill: 1.5m
    Lescott: 5m
    Howard: 3m
    Pienaar: 2m

    -Liverpool’s bad business-
    Aquilani: 20m (Arguably YTBD, but he I’ll argue: Has had few starts for such a huge price-tag, so until proven otherwise he is a failure.)
    Keane: 20m
    Riera: 7m
    Babel: 12m
    Dossena: 7m

  6. With him building a really good side on a shoestring imagine were he could take us if that pennyless idiot Bill Kenwright did us a favour and sold up then Moyesy could get some REAL backing.

    I think he’s earned it.

  7. In his 8 years as Everton manager David Moyes has been voted manager of the year by his fellow managers 3 times , an achievement much better than an award by some worn out Canary Wharf hacks .One which he always credits his players and fans who are all part of the ‘ Everton Family ‘ which is a pre requisite of any transfer target of Moyes , they have to fit in , as I’m sure Landon Donovan discovered to his pleasant surprise during his recent loan spell . Long may he continue at Everton

  8. Ahem what you fail to mention is the list of notsogoodtransfers under Mr Moyes

    Jermaine Beckford
    Diniyar Bilyaletdinov
    Louis Saha
    Ayegbeni Yakubu (21 goals in one season and then …………………….)
    Andrew Johnson
    Per Kroldrup
    Simon Davies
    James Beattie
    Richard Wright

    Gotta be over £60m worth of ??????

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