With the sheen slightly rubbing off Ronald Koeman’s exciting new beginning at Goodison Park, Toffees fans could certainly do with a bit of nostalgia. And, nine years ago, they enjoyed an evening to remember when Sunderland travelled to Merseyside. A thumping 7-1 win followed but how many of that David Moyes vintage would get into the current squad?
An old-school American hero, Howard will be most fondly remembered for accumulating a record 15 saves in the USA’s World Cup 2014 clash with Belgium, receiving a personal phone call from Mr President himself as congratulations.
After 10 years at Goodison Park, Howard returned home with Colorado Rapids this summer, saving two penalties as he denied the LA Galaxy of old Merseyside rival Steven Gerrard a place in the Western Conference Championship final. The highest paid goalkeeper in MLS history, he’s certainly earning his paycheck.
Coming across like an excitable schoolboy on microphone duty for the BBC at the 2014 World Cup put pay to Phil Neville’s punditry career before embarking upon equally ambitious yet equally dismal spells on the coaching staff at Manchester United and Valencia. These days, the former Toffees captain is looking to make the ascent into management, where he will surely put those harsh lessons into practice.
A fans favourite across eight consistent seasons at Everton, Yobo is also the record cap holder for Nigeria with 101 international appearances. Now, he runs a number of footballing academies in Africa, a journey certainly more rewarding than an eight game spell at Norwich which brought an end to his career.
With the reputation of footballers at an all time low, it probably wasn’t the best idea for Jolean Lescott to send a picture of his brand new motor to his thousands of Twitter followers after a 6-0 battering against Liverpool. Things aren’t going much better on the continent either, with the 34-year-old joining and then leaving AEK Athens within three months.
You’d struggle to find an Evertonian who doesn’t idolise Leighton Baines, but you could forgive Nuno Valente for being a little better. Once the mod-loving left-sider made full-back position his own at Goodison Park, the experienced Portuguese international was all but finished. A brief stint as a scout for Everton preceded a return to Portugal as a scout for Sporting.
A true neutrals sweetheart, Arteta’s intelligent passing and Mediterranean vision saw him snapped up by Arsenal once Cesc Fabregas found Barcelona’s shameless flirting too much to resist. However, after an injury-hit final few years at the Emirates, Arteta joined the esteemed coaching staff of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, where his impressive understanding of the game could come in handy.
The reliable midfielder has certainly enjoyed a different route into management than his Spanish partner, taking over at Brentford for a brief period in 2015. Carsley won October’s Manager of the Month award for leading The Bees to four wins in five matches, before departing in December.
Somewhat harshly released after years of loyal service, why the two-time England international is still unattached months later is anybody’s guess. The 35-year-old recently admitted he is enjoying the quiet life after the Saturday rush, but is yet to officially announce his retirement.
Injuries certainly haven’t helped Pienaar grow old gracefully, with the skilful South African failing to make an impact so far at Sunderland, where he has been reunited with former Toffees boss David Moyes. The 34-year-old surely has little time left in the professional game.
On the flipside, Tim Cahill is still going strong at the age of 36. Returning Down Under after spells in America and China, Cahill made his debut for Melbourne City against their rivals Victory, opening the scoring with a stunning 35-yard volley. They say you never lose it.
After a late-career bloom with Blackburn Rovers, Yakubu has embarked on something of a one-man world tour, bouncing from China to Qatar to, bizarrely Reading. ‘The Yak’ failed to find the target at the Madejski, however, and is currently without a club after departing Kayserispor in Turkey.