Date:Tuesday December 11 2012
Even if Darron Gibson's eventual transfer from Manchester United to Everton costs £2million, he could still prove to be David Moyes's finest ever transfer move.
The likes of Steven Pienaar and Leighton Baines down the left wing and Seamus Coleman and Kevin Mirallas down the right wing might steal the show with their exciting attacking wing play.
Or Marouane Fellaini might dominate a match like he has done against the likes of Manchester United, or Nikica Jelavic might score a dramatic last minute winner, but pulling the strings in the heart of the Everton midfield is Darron Gibson.
The 25-year-old Republic of Ireland international left Old Trafford for a fee of around £500,000 plus various add ons just under a year ago.
What an astonishing bit of business by Moyes. You have to wonder if Sir Alex Ferguson was on the ball the day he let him walk out the door for such a small fee.
He does all the things you don't tend to notice when you have the other flair players that this Everton squad is currently blessed with, but his performances have not gone unnoticed by his team-mates.
'Gibbo is massively important, For us to have someone who can keep the opposing defence on their toes purely knowing if he does get a bit of time, he can be like our quarterback and start putting in some fantastic passes.
'It makes playing against us a lot harder when we have people like Darron in the team and Leon Osman by the side of him. They are two different footballers but equally as important. Ossie is good in tight spaces and finding the little passes, while Gibbo is such a good passer and has a great range.` Phil Jagielka told the Daily Mail.
He added: 'if you filmed his role in the team and watched it back there`d be some fantastic passes, great tackles and some clever football. He came from a great club in Manchester United. He proves that way with the time he finds on the ball and the confidence he has to play those long range passes.`
It's not a coincidence that when Gibson plays Everton have lost just once in the Premier League.
After a troublesome hamstring injury lets hope we can keep him fit for the remainder of the season, then a Champions League place could really be up for grabs.
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Date:Tuesday December 11 2012
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