Former manager David Moyes has said that his Everton sides were “a centre forward away” from challenging for the Premier League.
The former West Ham boss is speaking on Sky ahead of the clash between two of his former sides, and said that, despite having Yakubu in his side and scoring more than 20 goals in a season, he could have been a contender. Something he failed to do after taking over Premier League champions Manchester United.
“We were probably a centre-forward away from being contenders for the Premier League,” said Moyes, with a completely straight face.
“We had Mikel Arteta, Steven Pienaar, Leighton Baines, Seamus Coleman, Sylvain Distin, Phil Jagielka, you could go on with the players we had. It was a terrific team.
“I think it’s good they’ve spent money but we signed fantastic players with a great spirit, we had a great ethos at the club and what the club stood for – I think they’ve gone off that, a little bit.
“I don’t know who made all the signings over the past few years, was it the owner, the sporting director or coach? But I know when I was here it was me, and I was always supported by Bill Kenwright.
“There’s a lot of players who have come in and I’m not sure I would put all of them down as Everton-type players. But, for example, Richarlison was a great player for Watford last season, and he’s got a good chance of improving too.
“You’ve got to be hungry, with a desire and energy, but you’ve got to have that style about you where you can play. You’re under pressure here. The crowd are demanding, but they also want to see you’re committed.”
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