The Norwich City striker popped up late to score a winner for Norwich in the Premier League tie at Carrow Road yesterday leaving Everton's Champions League hopes hanging in the balance. Could it prove the moment that saw David Moyes leave Merseyside for pastures new?
Many a team has travelled to Carrow Road this season and come away completely empty handed. Home wins against Manchester United and Arsenal are testament to The Canaries dominance at home. They can now add Everton to their list of scalps in Norfolk this season as they managed to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat against an Everton side who in the words of David Moyes ‘did not deserve to lose’.
But lose they did and in the results driven business of the Premier League the 90th minute goal for Grant Holt may have massive implications for Everton Football Club.
While Kei Kamara notching the equaliser was bad enough a draw would not have been a bad result and certainly not the end of their chances of Champions League qualification.
However the manner in which they let three points become a big fat zero against Chris Hughton’s men will not inspire thoughts of the Allianz, Nou Camp and Parc des Prince next season.
It leaves Everton five points behind Arsenal in sixth place and in terms of the top four they lie six points behind Spurs and seven behind Chelsea; both of whom have a game in hand. The result leaves The Toffees Champions League hopes in tatters; clinging on by the smallest of delicate threads.
Which means the Everton career of Maraoune Fellaini may also be thrown into doubt. Only an optimist would feel the giant Belgian will remain an Everton player without Champions League football. With Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City all reportedly interested retaining his services may prove impossible.
Leighton Baines is another who could leave. While you would have to say it doesn’t appear to be as clear-cut a potential move as Fellaini offers are almost certainly going to be on the table.
Then comes the more worrying potential exit as a result of Holt’s header. David Moyes.
Many people have started to question his future with a potential move to German football with Schalke 04 being mooted as well as being linked with the jobs at Chelsea, Manchester City and even Arsenal in the summer.
All these clubs would be able to offer the Scotsman plentiful resources in comparison to what he has worked with at Everton during his tenure on Merseyside; as well as giving him the opportunity to manage a team playing in the Champions League.
However I personally do not feel Moyes will leave Everton until he has won something; to do so would be an unfinished job.
If Everton can be successful in the FA Cup then I really will fear that Moyes exit is not only likely but inevitable.
Do you think Moyes will exit Goodison Park this summer?
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