No wonder managers are lining up to peek over Moyes’ shoulder (Rafa Benitez and Harry Redknapp; yes I’m talking about you) – even when Moyes’ doesn’t get his man, he still shows his wonderful scouting abilities.
Last summer we were very close to nabbing Argentine midfielder Ever Banega off Valencia – there were murmurings of a possible loan-then-buy deal, but sadly it fell through. At the time. most people saw Banega as a bit of a joke, with Guardian journalist Sid Lowe saying the following:
“I personally think that Banega is a very talented footballer, he moves the ball very nicely. There have been one or two occasions when he’s looked like a genuinely good player, both at Atletico and Valencia…BUT the key word there is ‘one or two’…I think he’s not that good, I think he finds the Spanish game too quick and therefore would probably find the English game too quick as well. I think he is potentially a very very good player but I think he is also potentially a car crash.”
In yesterday’s Guardian Sid Lowe picked his La Liga team of the year, in that team – next to Messi, Xavi, and Cristiano Ronaldo was Ever Banega. Who knows what would have happened had Moyes managed to secure his signature, but this is et more proof that Everton’s manager is a transfer alchemist.