There’s no time to waste for Everton manager David Moyes and the club’s newest reinforcement, Landon Donvan.
In an interview on ExtraTime Radio on Monday, Moyes said he expects to throw Donovan right into the thick of things when the current LA Galaxy man begins his two-month loan spell with the Toffees.
“We’ll try and get Landon as many starts as we possibly can,” he said, “but obviously that’s down to form, fitness, and all the things that go with it. … He comes in a real busy period for us – January, there’s a lot of games over here – so he’ll get his football, he’ll get his playing time, and hopefully he can be as successful as he was last time.”
Currently in 14th place of the English Premier League with 17 points from 15 games – just four points above the relegation zone – and with just 16 goals to their credit, Everton were in need of a hardworking player who can rev up the attack and contribute on offense. Moyes expects Landon to fill the tall order.
“I see Landon doing a couple of jobs for us,” he explained. “I can see him playing off the right, which he did last time, we may need him off the left at times, and in fact, we’re really short on goals at the present time and I could consider playing him up front as well.”
Donovan’s previous stint in blue in 2010 convinced Moyes the US international was the answer to Everton’s problems this season.
“Landon, in his own way, gave us speed, gave us ability,” said Moyes of Donovan’s efforts in 2010. “[…] He came in and did great against Arsenal, played in some big games for us. We were in a very good run at the time, and Landon was very much a part of the team. He was very good at integrating with the players, but more importantly for us was his speed, his attitude and, because he was experienced, it helped us a lot.”
To listen to Moyes’ full interview on ExtraTime Radio, click here.