After posting perhaps the greatest season of Premiership football ever by an American, it’s understandable that the 29-year-old from Nacogdoches, Texas is attracting other suitors like Everton. The problem is that Everton aren’t the only ones interested.
Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United (among others) have expressed interest in Dempsey, and for good reason. Not only is he a proven goal scorer with 16 league goals, Dempsey’s nationality would bring substantial new support from Americans looking for an English club to cheer on. Any doubt in that revenue potential?
With Dempsey as lucrative as he’s ever been, it will be tough for the Toffees to stay in a bidding process expected to exceed £10 million. It’s not in Everton’s best interest to blow their already strained finances on one quality player, especially when key men like Steven Pienaar, Royston Drenthe and Sylvain Distin have their contracts expire this June.
I can only envision that Dempsey would sign for Everton in the most bizarre (and wonderful) of alternate universes. Not only would the Texan be signing for less in probably his only window for a big money move, but he’d also be turning down Champions League football for a team that finished only a few spots above the club he just left.
The only thing Everton has to offer Dempsey that the bigger clubs can’t is a proven track record of loving Americans. Tim Howard and Marcus Hahnemann would be familiar faces, and there’s always chance Landon Donovan could make a permanent move once his days in Los Angeles are done.
Be honest. If you were in Dempsey’s shoes, given the choice of more money and Champions League play versus less money and being a part of America’s Team, would you pick Everton?
But that choice is for you hard-bitten realists out there. I’ve already imagined Clint in Everton Blue, and I can’t bring myself to erase that pretty picture. Here’s the Everton side I’d predict to surround him...