While things are still financially grim at Everton Football Club, there’s reason to be optimistic about their immediate future, both on the pitch and off.
The Toffees are in the midst of their best run of form in 2012. After handing impressive defeats to the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea, Everton made short work of Blackpool in the FA Cup. With a beatable Sunderland squad next up on the cup docket, there’s every reason to believe that The People’s Club will make an appearance at Wembley.
David Moyes has once again displayed a touch of transfer window genius, having enough faith in little-used Denis Stracqualursi to deal away Louis Saha in favor of the Argentine. Knowing Landon Donovan would be fast returning to America no matter how the fans pleaded with him to stay, Moyes brought Steven Pienaar back into the fold to shore up midfield.
Despite Everton’s probable mid-table finish, things are looking up at Goodison Park, but what of the club’s future? There will no doubt be summer overtures from the bigger clubs for Everton’s big names (Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Jack Rodwell etc) as there were in the past. With currently no entity in the wings brave enough to buy the club, Moyes’ summer spending will again be on a shoestring budget.
So come the summer of 2012, the club should be scouring the globe for bargain players. They’ve already tipped their hand on a few prospects that would fortify all areas on the pitch. Consider these six foreign players as possible summer additions to the squad, be it by season-long loan or outright purchase.