20 – Joseph Yobo

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Joseph joined the Blues, declining offers from Arsenal and Juventus, to become David Moyes’ first signing in the summer of 2002.

The Nigerian international played in the Super Eagles’ three matches in Japan and South Korea and even provided the assist for his side’s only goal of the tournament.

After passing a medical, Joseph signed a 12-month contract with the Blues, with an option for a further four years, which was taken up by Moyes in November 2002.

However, it took until May 2003 to make the deal permanent following a dispute between Yobo and his former club, Marseille.

Yobo’s pace and versatility (he can play at right back and in central defence as well as midfield) was also a factor in his switch from the French giants as the Blues boss sought to bring the best young talent to Goodison.

His composure both on the ball and when under pressure belie his tender years. Good in the air, strong in the tackle and difficult to hassle off the ball, the defender also possesses tremendous vision – attributes which helped him earn Everton’s Young Player of the Year Award for the 2003/4 season.

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