IT would be difficult to underestimate the ill feeling and anger around the Everton camp which Dan Gosling’s transfer to Newcastle caused this summer.
As details emerged during the summer tour in Australia, it was a stoney-faced manager in our Sydney hotel who admitted the nature of the transfer had left him deeply disturbed.
Gosling, or rather his slippery agent, acted cynically and the result was that the Blues lost a decent young player who they could at least have recouped a few million for one day.
It’s important, as news emerges of Victor Anichebe’s contract ticking down, that this doesn’t happen again.
Victor is in a different situation.
The Nigerian has a far better chance of playing Premier League games for Everton, and is highly coveted by his manager. So the prospect of losing him for nothing in the summer – if he chose a foreign move – will unsettle Moyes, Robert Elstone and Bill Kenwright. They know Everton can ill afford to lose players with a market value for nothing. Steven Pienaar may yet be the exception, but that is a different scenario.
Talks are ongoing, and it’s safe to assume Everton will not allow the matter to go unresolved for long.
Once bitten, twice shy? Let’s hope so.