Steven Pienaar – Yes Please

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Steven Pienaar has today been linked with a return to Everton in the January transfer window by the ‘People’ online website. Many Evertonians have been surprised by these rumours whilst others have dismissed them out of hand ! However, there is certainly some credibility in this story, which in itself is unusual as these type of rumours are usually just made up.

The truth is Steven Pienaar would have lined up yesterday at Goodison Park in an Everton shirt if Harry Redknapp had been able to complete either of his two deadline day targets (we know one of them was Alcanthra of Barcelona). Steven had sounded out David Moyes as early as June about a possible return to Goodison after realising it would seem that ‘if it ain’t broke don’t try to fix it’. In fact Everton believed that they had secured the South African on Deadline Day and it has been suggested to us that it even played a small part in the decision to sell Mikel Arteta to Arsenal. were told that even as late as 10pm on deadline day it looked like the deal was on !

In fact, David Moyes thought that he had secured Nedum Onuha and Pienaar to accompany Royston Drenthe and Denis Stracqularsi in what would have been a successful day for the Blues boss.

Will David Moyes go back for Pienaar in January ? I would have to say probably, we have been told yes but I suppose it depends on circumstances all round. Moyes sees Pienaar as a replacement for Arteta in the middle of the park in a role that he has occupied for South Africa. In fact a midfield of Fellaini, Pienaar, Rodwell, Drenthe and Coleman or possibly even Landon Donovan sounds mouth watering to me ! I think its probably wishful thinking that we would get both Pienaar and Donovan but it says buckets for the team spirit that Moyes has festered here at Everton that both players want to return.

What about the fans who claim Pienaar is a mercenary ? Well my answer for them would be ‘show me a footballer who is not ?’ Steven Pienaar would have signed a new contract with Everton had the Blues offered him the deal he wanted. He was NEVER offered anywhere near £65k  a week at Everton despite for me being or most influential player for the last 18 months of his stay and fully deserving of being a top earner. Then he saw Mikel Arteta being given £75k a week and asked for parity in the end when the club made no attempt to get near what he wanted, he would have signed for probably somewhere around £60k a week had we not dragged our heels. A lot of money yes but when he was our best player it was a no brainer for me. The likes of Saha, Distin and Heitinga are all on or around that figure and he for me deserved to be also.

I for one would welcome him back to Everton with open arms as he was top class for us. His partnership with Baines was devastating for some sides and its one we have not been able to re-create and we have suffered. The other thing that impressed me about Pienaar was the fact that even though he knew he was probably going to leave he still performed and worked his socks off for the club. The last game he played for us against Tottenham at Goodison he was Man of the Match and for me that summed up his commitment. I hope that he struggles to get back into ‘Arry’s side and that we can sort either a loan (which WAS agreed in principle in August) or we find the £1.8 million that we have received so far for Steven and can buy him back. Come on Davie, you know it makes sense !!

Your thoughts ?


Submitted on 2012/02/01 at 12:07 pm | In reply to football mad.

Welcome mate. If you fancy writing a piece for our site you are very welcome.


football mad
Submitted on 2011/12/15 at 1:51 pm

great blog post I’m a giant footy fan from Holland

Submitted on 2011/11/21 at 10:44 am | In reply to Anders C.

Yeah fair enough mate, however , I would argue that in his final 2 seasons he had 15 assists and 11 assists. In fact I think he was on 5 assists when he left but I get your point mate.

Welcom btw …

Submitted on 2011/11/04 at 7:20 pm

Losing Pienaar was the main reason why we did so bad last season, so to bring him back would be brilliant.

Submitted on 2011/11/01 at 9:31 pm

peanuts and baines down the left mmmm, can drenthe play on the right ??if so a partnership with coleman at right back mmmmmm(semi starting here if it works)

Anders C
Submitted on 2011/11/01 at 7:31 am

Well, someone has to disagree and that would be me. I remember him as good in the lineup with Baines, but also with the frustration of a lot of neat and nice play, that never turned out to some real threat in front of goal.

He did have some excellent games for us, but also some games when he wasn´t up for it, when he spend most of the time on the ground looking after the referee with plea in his eyes instead of get up and fight.

I doubt that he will give some extra to our current team – there are more exciting prospect in the younger players.

Submitted on 2011/11/01 at 1:18 am | In reply to LCAB.

You did write a piece on him brotherman. I want him back and I don’t mind saying so !!

Submitted on 2011/11/01 at 1:17 am | In reply to robisok.

I think he likes Onuha and if he isnt playing at City then why not ?

As for Gueye, I’m not sure but I would give the lad a go now and see how he gets on.

Submitted on 2011/11/01 at 1:15 am | In reply to Brown.

Browns in da house !

Submitted on 2011/11/01 at 1:15 am | In reply to Megan.

Megan , all excellent points. Welcome to the site, hope you are a regular contributor from now on !!

ps.. Nothing wrong with dreaming !!

Submitted on 2011/10/31 at 8:10 pm

Well written and well argued Kid .

Can’t disagree , in fact , I think I put up a piece about him .

Peanut was ACES for us . I would however , remember the , Never Go Back , adage , also . That aside , Go Get Him .

Submitted on 2011/10/31 at 6:09 pm

Would love to see “Nutts” back, him the left, Royston/coleman on the right, would have him back in a flash, lets hope this one comes off!! i noticed Gueye came on at the weekend, how is he progressing? also do you think Moyes will go back in for Nedum Onuha, i think he would also be a quality addition? nice write-up as per usual, keep up the good work!!!

Submitted on 2011/10/31 at 3:00 pm

I love this man. Football intelligence above all else, he has this in abundance and could play anywhere.

Submitted on 2011/10/31 at 4:46 am

I am supremely disappointed now that I know we were so close to getting him on deadline day. Maybe I’m selfish, but I like the idea that he left and then in the next transfer window he apparently sounded off about wanting to come back. It’s like what Duncan Ferguson said, “once you leave this club, the only way to go is down” or something like that. I mean, I’m not saying the reason he’d want to come back is because of the draw of Everton and this club means so much to him — it’s probably less emotional and more practical, a chance for more playing time somewhere he knows he can succeed — but it’s nice to fantasize that he believes going was a mistake (not that I don’t completely understand his reasons for leaving) and wants to make it right.

Anyway, yeah, even if that’s not the case, I don’t really care, I’d take him back in a second. We’ve desperately missed him and his partnership with Baines, and we really haven’t found someone who can take his place on the left. I think Drenthe is the closest we have, but he’s been far more effective on the right. Pienaar coming in could allow us to start blooding in Coleman at right back (I know his defending needs some improvement, but we’ve got to start developing someone there, Hibbo and Nev aren’t going to be around much longer) with Drenthe in front of him. Baines and Pienaar will be back to together, Rodwell and Fellaini in the center, and maybe even a Landon Donovan behind the striker?! (I know, I’m probably asking for too much with that last one, but one can dream, right?) Just thinking about the possibility gets me excited!

Submitted on 2011/10/31 at 12:41 am | In reply to trigger the blue.

I’d go with you Trig just to chat to him like about things such as does he like 24, or would he consider dying his hair like Saha . You know the important stuff !!

Submitted on 2011/10/31 at 12:40 am | In reply to Dales.

Yeah mate , Donovan on one wing and Drenthe on the other with Stevie P la in the middle would be quality ! Dreamland stuff for us Blues !!

trigger the blue
Submitted on 2011/10/30 at 11:26 pm

I would drive down to WHL myself and pick him up, doubt he’d want to come back in my arl fiesta though!
If we can get him and he would be happy to come back,get him back ffs. The lad is QUALITY!

Submitted on 2011/10/30 at 11:22 pm

Top work mate.

Have to say, I couldn’t help but have a hollow laugh at Pienaar since he’s joined Spurs, but having earlier said ‘I don’t want him back’, undeniably, he’d give us so many options and he’d make our midfield so much stronger. The more options for this squad the better, and, let’s be honest, if we can bring James McFadden back, then why not Steven Pienaar?!

Landon Donovan would be such a welcome addition to the squad, I was desperately disappointed that we didn’t bring him back last season but I’d welcome him back now. Him and Drenthe would be a dream on each flank and would present us with something that we have never had under Moyes – direct pace on each flank. As far as Onouha goes, I rate him highly. Even if we were to get him on loan until the end of the season, it would represent fantastic business as the kid is too good to be sitting on City’s bench.

Good stuff lads!

Submitted on 2011/10/30 at 11:17 pm | In reply to Mat.

Matt, nice one mate. Yes I want him, Bainsey and Drenthe in the team !! Come on Moyesie tell ‘Arry he can have Pip for Pienaar !!

Submitted on 2011/10/30 at 11:16 pm | In reply to jarty.

Me too mate. I would love to see him come back even with those ‘Pig Tails’ he wore against Boro a few years ago !

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