Ironing Board wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:52 am
Would be a foolish move, I think. He is one of the best talent spotters out there. He will need a robust scouting network in place though.
Most of his successful signings - Fellani excepted - were established players.
Kevin Kilbane had already played over 100 PL matches before joining Everton, Tim Cahill had played 249 matches for Millwall including an FA cup final and two play off finals, Marcus Bent had played for 7 previous clubs, 4 of them in the Premier League, James Beattie had played over 200 times for Southampton, Simon Davies 121 times for Spurs, Phil Neville 386 times for Manchester United, Andrew Johnson had enjoyed a season in the Premier League with Palace netting 21 goals in 37 games for them, Joeleon Lescott had played 212 games for Wolves in the 2nd tier, Yakubu had already played for 2 PL clubs, Stephen Pienaar for both Dortmund and Ajax , so hardly a talent being spotted.
Even we had tried to sign Phil Jagielka 2 years before Moyes got him by which time he had played over 250 times for Sheffield United, Leighton Baines had top flight experience of nearly 80 matches before joining Everton. Louis Saha ? Two PL clubs before Everton.Distin ? Pompey and Man City in the PL before Everton ....
So, no, I don't think he is a talent spotter. Yes, he along with every other experienced Manager can see players who could do a job - a decent job - but I've seen nothing on his recruitment CV to match your description of him being "one of the best out there" in terms of talent spotting.
He's more of a Harry Redknapp, with less flair kinda talent spotter.He will sign established players, and there's nothing wrong in that, but I think in his time at Everton only 2 went for big money - Rooney, who I'm not sure you could credit Moyes with, and Lescott, who was sold to City when they first got rich.