The press report today that David Moyes hopes to strengthen his injury-plagued squad in the January transfer window with a loan move for the USA forward, Landon Donovan.
The 27-year-old, has been earmarked by Moyes as a possible addition to his attack for next month and an initial approach has been made to Donovan’s club, the Los Angeles Galaxy, regarding a temporary switch to the Premier League.
The former Bayer Leverkusen forward has just enjoyed an outstanding campaign, winning the club’s Golden Boot award for the fifth season in succession and also being named the MLS’s Most Valuable Player. He is also the all-time leading goalscorer for the USA and flourished last season after regaining the LA Galaxy captaincy from David Beckham.
Donavan was picked up by Bayer straight out of the USAâ€™s IMG Soccer Academy where he was touted to become Americaâ€™s greatest ever player. Still only 17, the German club loaned him back to the San Jose Earthquakes in the MLS. In four seasons at his new club he bagged an impressive 32 goals in 87 games.
His form with The Boys in Blue earned him a recall to the German club but in his solitary season back he only managed seven appearances, two of which were starts. Donavan stated that he would like to return home and he was duly snapped up by his home-club.
It was here that the young Californian made his name, scoring 64 goals in 121 games. He is a fleet footed attacker with a good reading of the game, meaning he can play as an attacking midfielder or either a main striker or supporting striker. He possesses excellent technique and creativity as well as strength on the ball, making him dangerous when running at defenders.
He’s not the biggest and has a disturbing tendency to fade in big games. His ego has often overshadowed his ability to steer matches and score goals, but he has finally shown new maturity after playing alongside David Beckham the past two seasons.
He will not be overawed by playing in the Premier League, as last season he spent time at the Allianz Arena with Bayern Munich. He has played in two World Cups and is the USAâ€™s most capped player making 142 appearances scoring 42 goals.
Furthermore, Donavan is not scared out to speak out against top players who are not working for the benefit of the club. He called Beckham a poor captain and team-mate in the book The Beckham Experiment. He later apologised to Beckham for discussing his concerns to a reporter rather than to him directly. The two reconciled upon Beckham’s midseason return to Los Angeles and Donovan enjoyed an outstanding 2009 campaign, winning the league’s Most Valuable Player award and leading the Galaxy to the 2009 MLS Cup final.
Although Donavan has had two unsuccessful stints in Germany, he has the ability and the determination to succeed in Europe. David Moyes has always been wise in the transfer market and this loan move could be highly beneficial to Everton.
Video evidence of Landon Donovan can be seen here.