While some of the players David Moyes brought to Everton did not live up to expectations, a number of them proved inspired signings, who ended up helping the Toffees becoming a club capable of consistently making the Premier League’s top six. Here are the Scot’s top five transfer deals:
Arteta provided Everton with creative spark they needed as they finished fourth in 2005. From then on, he continued to play a major role, and became a fans’ favourite, as the club looked to reach the Champions League proper for the first time, and he was especially dangerous from free-kicks. His consistent form eventually sealed a move to Arsenal in 2011, six and-a-half years after joining.
Having originally been in the club’s youth system, Baines returned to Everton in 2007 after a successful spell at Wigan Athletic. He soon became a regular, and after around three years he was showing his best form, and he has now reached the peak of his career, giving Ashley Cole severe competition for the England left-back slot. He remains at Goodison Park, despite Moyes’ attempts to bring him to Manchester United.
While some players have tailed off following excellent starts under Moyes at Everton, Cahill maintained his consistency throughout his eight years with the club. The Australian made the step up to the Premier League look a breeze when he helped Everton finish fourth in his first season. Despite his relative lack of height, he had a great ability for scoring headed goals, which made up a considerable portion of his impressive total of 56 in the league.
Marouane Fellaini for Everton
Highly talented and instantly recognisable, Fellaini became Everton’s record signing when he arrived from then Belgian champions Standard Liege in 2008. Versatile and powerful, he scored 25 Premier League goals in five years at the club, becoming one of the Premier League’s leading midfielders while at Goodison Park, before he eventually followed Moyes to Manchester United.
Despite being in the twilight of his career, Martyn arguably showed his best form during his time under Moyes at Everton. Moyes himself claimed that the England international was his best acquisition during his time in charge, and he proved that by winning the club’s Player of the Year award in 2004, helping to keep Everton in the Premier League, before he was a major factor in their success the following season, helping the club to fourth place.
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