Currently out of football, most recently having managed West Ham United, David Moyes has become something of a meme since replacing Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. It’s worth remembering that there was a reason why he got that job though, and that was his 11 seasons of stellar service to Everton Football Club.
Moyes took the Everton job in March 2002, and for more than a decade, he had the club punching above their weight given their transfer expenditure, even once finishing in the Champions League places. We saw a suggestion for this video in the comments recently and decided it was an interesting one, so here we go.
Here are David Moyes’ last 7 Everton signings: Where are they now?
7. Steven Naismith - Hearts
One of a number of players to depart Ibrox following the financial plight of Glasgow Rangers, Steven Naismith was among the clubs most sought after stars. He linked up with compatriot David Moyes and former strike partner Nikica Jelavic in a free transfer to Goodison Park, in what was a smart piece of business by Moyes. Quick, versatile and intelligent, Naismith racked up more than a century of Premier League appearances for the Toffees, before departing for Norwich City. Now aged 32, the Scottish international is still contracted to Norwich, but he is currently on-loan at Scottish Premiership outfit Hearts.
6. Steven Pienaar - Everton Ambassador
UXBRIDGE, ENGLAND - MARCH 30 Steven Pienaar poses for a photo after becoming an Everton International Ambassador at IMG Studios on March 30, 2018 in Uxbridge England.
A favourite of David Moyes’ over the years, Steven Pienaar was actually a very good footballer. The transfer that sees him feature in this seven was the second of three occasions in which David Moyes signed the South African, returning to Goodison Park after an unsuccessful stint at Tottenham. A diminutive midfielder who could play either on the left flank or in attacking midfield, Pienaar had excellent technique and a real eye for a pass. The 36-year-old retired from football in March 2018, and he recently took on a job working as an ambassador for Everton FC.
5. Kevin Mirallas - Fiorentina
The most expensive of David Moyes’ last 7 signings, arriving for £6 million from Olympiacos in 2012, was Belgian international Kevin Mirallas. A quick and skilful wide man who has been excellent in patches for the Toffees, he returned to Olympiacos on-loan for the second half of last season. Now on-loan at Serie A outfit Fiorentina, there is an option for the Italians to make that move a permanent one at the end of the season.
4. Bryan Oviedo - Sunderland
Bryan Oviedo of Costa Rica competes for the ball during the international friendly match between Japan and Costa Rica at Suita City Football Stadium on September 11, 2018 in Suita, Osaka,...
One of a number of former Toffees who was brought to Sunderland when Moyes tried to get the band back together in the North East, Bryan Oviedo is the only member of that contingent who is still at the Stadium of Light. The highlight of the attack-minded left-backs five years at Everton was scoring the winner in the Toffees first victory at Old Trafford in 21 years.
3. Matthew Kennedy - St Johnstone
Undoubtedly the most obscure of David Moyes’ last 7 signings, Matthew - or Matty - Kennedy joined the club from Kilmarnock at the age of 17. In three seasons at Goodison Park, Kennedy was loaned out three times and didn’t register a single first team appearance, before being sold to Cardiff City. Still only 23, the uncapped Scottish wide man now plays for St Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership.
2. Thomas Hitzlsperger - Pundit & Columnist
Thomas Hitzlsperger looks on prior to the DFB Cup match between FC Schalke 04 and VfL Wolfsburg at Veltins-Arena on February 7, 2018 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
One of only two retired players in this seven, Thomas Hitzlsperger retired in 2013 after a single season with Everton, becoming the highest-profile footballer to come out as gay shortly after. A highly-regarded central or defensive midfielder with a ferocious long shot, Hitzlsperger racked up more than 50 caps for Germany, as well as winning a Bundesliga title with Stuttgart in 2007. Having retired in his early 30’s, the former West Ham man now works as both a pundit and columnist and he contributed to the BBC’s online coverage of the World Cup.
1. John Stones - Manchester City
Without question the biggest name in this seven now, John Stones was just 19 when he arrived at Goodison Park from Barnsley. The young centre-back quickly set about dividing opinion, as a technically gifted but occasionally error-prone ball-playing defender. He was Everton’s Young Player of the Year for the 2014-15 season, and a year later he was sold to Manchester City for £47.5 million. The move made him the second most expensive defender in world football at the time, and Stones has gone on to make 79 appearances and win 3 trophies at the Etihad, as well as racking up 35 caps for England to date.
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