Will Landon Donovan's Loan To Everton Save the Toffees' Season?

Andrew Jordan@@Andrew_JordanSenior Writer IJanuary 5, 2010

CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 01:  Landon Donovan #10 of the Los Angeles Galaxy looks on during Game 1 of the MLS Western Conference Semifinals match against Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center on November 1, 2009 in Carson, California. The Galaxy and Chivas USA played to a 2-2 draw.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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After a great 2008-2009 season in which Everton finished fifth in the English Premier League and were able to get to the FA Cup final by beating sides such as Liverpool and Manchester United, Everton have had an abysmal season with seven losses at the halfway point of their Premier League season.

So far this year, Everton have found themselves flirting with trouble by remaining close to the relegation zone as recently as early December before a solid run that included draws against Tottenham and Chelsea, which helped Everton get into 11th place in the Premier League table.

But now that Landon Donovan has now joined Everton on a 10-week loan, the question for the Toffees will be: Will Landon Donovan save their season?

In the next 10 weeks, Everton will have fixtures at Arsenal, home against Manchester City, home against Sunderland and Wigan, at Liverpool, home against Chelsea and Manchester United, and away at Tottenham along with their Europa League knockout stage two-legged fixture against Sporting Libson.

Without question, these are going to be the 10 weeks that will tell us if Everton will make it into the Europa League again for the fourth consecutive season under David Moyes.

So far in his tenure in European football, Donovan has had little success in his time with Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga and has mainly succeeding in his play with the San Jose Earthquakes and Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.

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This move is Donovan's first-ever move to the English Premier League, and he is using his time with Everton to help him keep fit for the World Cup in June for the United States.

But for Everton, Donovan will truly be the key if they are going to attempt to get a Europa League spot due to their terrible injury problems that they have suffered so far this season, and they find themselves 11 points behind arch-rival Liverpool to get that final Europa League spot.

So with this in mind, can both sides accomplish their goals with Donovan with Everton for the next 10 weeks?

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