Everton fans are used to the club buying players from Manchester United to varying degrees of success. Over the years getting players who have failed to make the grade at the club has been a means of strengthening our own squad, and it appears that is still the case.
Whilst the club have ambitious plans for the future, we are still limited to a certain type of signing due to the league positions that we have found our self in recent years. These type of signings will either be talented players from smaller clubs or unhappy players from clubs with a greater reputation.
Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay fall into the latter category of players whose career isn’t quite going to plan. Everton have a great recent history in resurrecting careers that aren’t quite going to plan, and that can be seen from a few of those players we’ve bought from Man Utd in the past. The likes of Tim Howard were struggling at Old Trafford but found a home at Everton, and the same would be hoped for Schneiderlin and Depay.
The pair has the capability to be incredible signings for the club and has the talent to help take Everton to the next level. Hopefully, if both of them sign, they’d benefit from being first team regulars in the Premier League and thrive.
Schneiderlin has already shown this of course at Southampton which persuaded Man Utd to buy him in the first place, he would quickly get back to those performance levels at Goodison and would be a bargain in today’s market. He is 27 and at a good age to spend the next few years at a club who are looking to improve on and off the pitch.
Depay would be a gamble that could pay off hugely. He has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League as many players do, but not playing games at all won’t exactly be helping with that. A lot of foreign players thrive in their second seasons, but it appears the Dutchman isn’t going to be given the chance to do that in Manchester.
That could be to Everton’s great benefit if the transfer can happen, he clearly has to talent to be a great player. If he fulfils the talent he has then he could end up having the same impact another winger bought from Man Utd did, Andrei Kanchelskis, but hopefully for a bit longer. There are a few big ‘ifs’ in there, it should be a transfer target that Everton pursue and take the gamble on.
Hopefully, the signings, if they can happen, can be more Kanchelskis than Darron Gibson, but it’s fair to pay Schneiderlin would be a better central midfielder than Phil Neville! Everton aren’t beyond signing Man Utd rejects just yet, but these two rejects are immensely talented players who have found themselves a victim of the clubs chaotic recent transfer policy. If they can take the well-trodden path from Old Trafford to Goodison Park, Everton will be a lot better for it.