David Moyes’s best and worst signings
In his time with Everton, he managed to buy Tim Cahil and Leighton Baines but also purchased Andy van der Meyde
Tim Cahill was one of David Moyes’s most successful signings during his time with Everton. Photograph: Gareth Copley/PA Wire
During his 11 years at Everton David Moyes built a reputation for getting the most out of his investments in the transfer market.
We look at his best – and worst – buys during that time.
NIGEL MARTYN, £500,000 LEEDS, September 2003
Moyes classed the goalkeeper as his best buy and Martyn won the club’s player of the year award in his first season. He made 100 appearances, 99 starts, in three years.
TIM CAHILL, £1.5million, MILLWALL, July 2004
The Australia international would run Martyn close for Moyes’ top signing. He scored 68 goals in 278 appearances and was the driving force in midfield.
MIKEL ARTETA, £2million, REAL SOCIEDAD, July 2005
The Spaniard thrived as the significant creative element in Everton’s midfield after an unhappy spell at Rangers previously. Was player of the year twice in six years before joining Arsenal for a reported £10million.
PHIL JAGIELKA, £4million, SHEFFIELD UNITED, July 2007
The centre-back’s performances this season have been probably the best since he arrived and he has now assumed leadership responsibilities, taking the armband from the departing Phil Neville.
LEIGHTON BAINES, £6million, WIGAN, AUGUST 2007
Moyes may have paid out a significant sum for the left-back but it cannot be argued he has not got value for money. Consistency of Baines’ form has been unrivalled during his time at Everton.
PER KROLDRUP, £5million, UDINESE, June 2005
Spending heavily on a full-back does not always guarantee success, as Moyes found out with the Danish defender who made just two appearances before being sold to Fiorentina the following summer.
ANDY VAN DER MEYDE, £2million, INTER MILAN, AUGUST 2005
The Netherlands international arrived aged 25 with supposedly his best years ahead of him but he made just 26 appearances in four years after issues with his attitude and unhappiness on Merseyside.
JAMES BEATTIE, £6million, SOUTHAMPTON, January 2005
After a decent spell on the south coast Moyes saw Beattie, an England international, as the man to lead his forward line but his goals-to-game ratio did not live up to his transfer fee with just 15 in 86 matches over two and a half years.
SIMON DAVIES, £4million, TOTTENHAM, MAY 2005
The midfielder had a disappointing first season and lasted just six months of the next campaign before being offloaded to Fulham.
RICHARD WRIGHT, £3.5million, ARSENAL, July 2002
After a disappointing one-season spell with the Gunners Wright arrived at Goodison looking to reignite his career but his propensity for (often bizarre) injuries meant he played just 60 times in five years before being released.