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Landon Donovan is Going Back to Everton: A Fan’s Take
In the MLS offseason, Robbie Keane may have elected to rest rather than go on loan. However, Landon Donovan has taken a different route. The Galaxy captain has decided to go on loan with Everton for two months. Will this move help improve his game or is it an invitation for injury and fatigue?
Towards the end of the 2011 season, Donovan said he probably wouldn't go on loan in the offseason. After all, he wanted to make sure he was both "physically and mentally" prepared for the 2012 season.
On one hand, Donovan isn't an inexperienced player. He's not going to learn a lot like some young MLS players might. In addition, as we have learned from Beckham's loan with AC Milan, there's a possibility that Donovan could suffer an injury with Everton. Even more likely is the idea that he could experience fatigue for the start of the MLS season and the CONCACAF Champions League.
On the other hand, in the EPL Donovan will be playing at a higher level. Considering he was injured at the end of the regular MLS season, this could help him get back into top form.
In 2010, our Galaxy captain had a positive experience while on loan with Everton. Scoring two goals in 13 games, the MLS All Star earned the respect of fans and Everton manager David Moyes. Perhaps this loan will boost his morale for the 2012 season.
Donovan will play 11 matches in 52 days. The first match is Wed, Jan 4 against Bolton and the last is Sat. Feb 25 vs. Liverpool. As a Galaxy fan, it's always exciting to see our players in a different environment. However, the CCL quarterfinals are slotted to take place on March 7 and the MLS home opener for the Galaxy is on the 10th. Donovan is an experienced player who is used to traveling and playing with different teams. Despite a demanding schedule with the Galaxy and US national team in 2011, the Galaxy captain still had a good season.
Is this a great opportunity for Landon Donovan or a mistake waiting to happen? As long as he stays injury free, I'm all for it.
Let's go Toffees!
Melissa Matters is a long time Los Angeles resident and devoted Los Angeles Galaxy fan.
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