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Can Landon Donovan Do It Again For Everton?

landon donovan everton1 Can Landon Donovan Do It Again For Everton?

Landon Donovan is eligible to play on Wednesday for the encounter between Everton and Bolton at Goodison Park.

Whether he’ll have a large part to play in that match will be up to David Moyes (and also depending on Donovan’s fitness levels). But I would be very surprised if he doesn’t see some playing time on Wednesday night.

Nevertheless, Donovan will undoubtedly be in the action as much as possible for the two months of his loan to help Everton move up the Premier League table.

But will Landon Donovan be able to play as well as he did the last time when he played in England for Everton? A lot has changed since then. Tim Cahill is nowhere near the form he was during the 2009-10 season. Mikel Arteta is no longer at the club. The same applies to Yakubu and Steven Pienaar. There are also question marks about Donovan, who hasn’t been as influential at LA Galaxy in terms of assists during the 2011 season.

Importantly, Donovan will have a tougher time adjusting to playing in the Premier League this time. Not because of him, but because of his opponents who will be more aware of the threat that he poses and will possibly mark him closer than before. That may open up more room for Royston Drenthe, who has been a breath of fresh air for the Toffees.

Everton currently sit in tenth position in the Premier League. Some of the fixtures that Donovan will be involved in will be against teams such as Tottenham (away), Manchester City (home), Chelsea (home) and Liverpool (away), so the American international will definitely be tested to his limits.

But what do you think? Will Donovan be able to exceed the two goals he scored in the 13 games he played for Everton during January-March, 2010? Post your opinions in the comments section below.

Lastly, here’s what Donovan said after his loan deal ended the last time he was playing for Everton:

“I’m 28 years old now and I’ve played over 100 times for my country, I’ve also played a lot of league games in different parts of the world. But I’ve never met a fan base like this, either playing for them or as an away player. Forget about football for a moment, this is a life experience I’ll never forget.”

One thing can be sure about Donovan. Expect Everton supporters to open their arms to him, and don’t be surprised to hear several “USA, USA” chants from the blues. Whatever happens to Donovan, it’ll be a joy to watch.

About Christopher Harris

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6 Responses to Can Landon Donovan Do It Again For Everton?

  1. RBP says:

    “Tim Cahill is nowhere near the form he was during the 2009-10 season.”

    That’s some truly generous wording. Love him, but he’s been truly abysmal this year.

    “That may open up more room for Royston Drenthe, who has been a breath of fresh air for the Toffees. ”

    I would certainly hope so, though he seems to be falling out of favor with Moyes. Drenthe has been, by far, the best player for Everton this year. Moyes has been putting out incredibly negative lineups all year (6 defenders in some of the recent games with Heitinga and Neville in mid); Donovan and Drenthe up front with Rodwell getting healthy again would do a world of good, I’m just not convinced Moyes will use them all together. He loves playing his favorite regardless of form, ie., Saha, Cahill, Neville.

  2. Fernando says:

    Donovan when motivated is a quality player. Everton are clearly having a poor season and need someone to give them a jolt and maybe Donovan is the man to do so.

  3. Jonathan says:

    Re: Ferndando- Are Everton really having a “poor season”? After so many seasons of mediocrity, shouldn’t we just be referring to this as a “typical Everton” run of the mill season of indifference?

    • Fernando says:

      I think you have a fair point Jonathan. However, I’m going off of the full potential of the squad Moyes has available to him and I think they could def. finish in the top 10 with an aim at a place in Europe.

      That may be optimistic but Everton are very capable of giving the big boys a good fight when on point.

  4. jtm371 says:

    i don’t think he is serious.why not dump the mls and play full time in the EPL.i think he would rather be a big star in the minor league.when he gets old i think he will regret the opportunity he passed on.

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