The question of whether Landon Donovan will go back to the EPL this transfer window is still up in the air. The talk of Donovan being linked to going back to Everton or heading to Fulham or Newcastle is purely rumor and speculation. Fact: No team has verbally expressed confirming interest in the American.
This year, the Galaxy midfielder played football for a total of 11 months: Over two months in Everton and the rest with the Los Angeles Galaxy and the United States National Team in South Africa for the World Cup. After the Galaxy’s early elimination from the MLS playoffs, a broken down, defeated Donovan commented he was tired and had no idea on what EPL team he would play for, or if he would even go on a loan stint.
But if Donovan recuperated and was to ship out for a loan stint, what team would he go to?
Out of the rumored clubs showing interest, only two are ideal and attractive for Donovan; Everton and Fulham. Last year, the American had an impressive 10 weeks at Goodison Park, knocking in two goals and scoring in an impressive win over Chelsea.
After his return to the States, Donovan commented on his Facebook account that he would only play for three teams: the Galaxy, U.S. National Team, and Everton. But months later he deleted it. Donovan fit in perfectly with the Toffees, and the icing on the cake was having fellow American and goalkeeper Tim Howard on the squad.
Everton is an ideal place for the midfielder especially with the comfort level there, but Fulham may be a bit more attractive and beneficial for the face of American soccer because of one guy: Clint Dempsey.
The only times Donovan and Deuce are on the pitch at the same time are for practices and games when they’re representing their country. Any other time, it’s chatting by email.
A stint at Craven Cottage and playing alongside Dempsey would be: (1) fun playing football with his American brother-in-arms. And (2) to develop, adjust, and perfect tactical understandings of one another that could transfer onto the pitch when playing for the U.S. Mens National Team.
Some could argue the United States did well in the World Cup because they passed through the group stage. But they went down early in the game, and were plagued with sloppy passing. Fortunately for the Yanks, they were a clutch squad.
Deuce and LD pairing up this early could give the USMNT a little extra boost for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup in June 2011.
Truth be told, any team would benefit from having Donovan on their roster. But ultimately, it’s Donovan’s choice, and if he was going to ship out for 10 weeks, Fulham would be the smartest move.