David Moyes’ five best signings for Everton

Mikel Arteta

We take a look at some of David Moyes' best buys for Everton.

Yesterday we published a piece on David Moyes’ less-than-successful transfer dealings in his time at Goodison Park. But the man who will soon replace the irreplaceable has also signed some crackers.

Here are the five we think will go down as his best bits of business:

Tim Cahill - 1.5 million

Possibly Moyes’ most astute signing, the Australian played under him for eight years, scoring 68 goals in 278 appearances. Playing predominantly behind a central striker, Cahill proved to be a consistent goal-threat. Having scored 28 times for previous club Millwall, he hit the ground running, scoring 10 in his debut season for Everton. From there he never looked back.

He will always be adored in the blue half of Merseyside, particularly for scoring more goals against Liverpool than any other Everton player in the post-war era.

Cahill left Everton for New York Red Bulls last summer. But his time under Moyes proved that a little bit of money can go a long way.

Leighton Baines - £6 million

It was inevitable that the moment Moyes was announced as Manchester United's new manager, his best players would be touted to join him. If reports are to be believed, Baines has been on the Old Trafford radar for quite some time. But if that is true they should think themselves foolish for not acting sooner.

Moyes signed Baines from Wigan in 2007, after the then-22-year-old had excelled in the Latics' early seasons in the Premier League. A lifelong Everton fan, Baines has been a model of consistency in both defence and attack.

Paying £6 million may have been seen as a risk by some, but how much would he be worth now?

Phil Jagielka - £4 million

Arriving in the same transfer window as Baines; Jagielka has become the cornerstone of Everton’s defence. A fact that has surely been made that much sweeter after he was released by the Toffees as a 15-year-old.

From there he joined Sheffield United, showed he could play just about anywhere, and was ultimately sold back to Everton for £4 million.

Despite doing it the long – and more expensive – way round, Moyes’ side finally secured a player who has now made over 200 appearances for them. In light of the manager’s departure, the stability Jagielka will offer is vital.

Mikel Arteta - £2 million

Arriving from Spanish side Real Sociedad in 2005, Arteta was the creative wizard in the centre of the park. Twice voted the club’s player of the year, he was a staple in many people’s fantasy teams, with an eye for both a goal and an assist.

He is just one of a number of great midfielders Moyes has bought. And when you consider the Spaniard later moved to Arsenal for five times what Moyes paid for him, it shows that the manager’s eye for a bargain is better than many.

Marouane Fellaini - £15 million

Costing more than the other four players on this list put together, the Belgium international is Everton’s club record signing. He is also possibly the complete midfielder, equally comfortable playing a deep-lying role or as a support striker.

His form in the early months of this season was nothing short of phenomenal. And his performance in the opening game of the campaign, when he single-handedly destroyed United, will have got many within Old Trafford thinking.

As with Baines, Fellaini has already been tipped to follow his manager to Manchester. With a £24milion release clause, they will have to dig deep. But he may be the missing piece of their jigsaw.

Which of the five was Moyes' best signing?  And who did we miss?

 

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