Whether it's because he's looking for a challenge, disgusted with the Galaxy's recent woes, tired of playing second fiddle to Becks, or just sick of people slagging him off for "settling" in MLS, it seems that Donovan is ready to make the move back to Europe. Considering his age and the benefits (financial, personal improvement, national team improvement, and otherwise) on offer, I'm inclined to agree with him. While he's a tremendous player who makes MLS better by his presence, he's got some demons to exorcise over there and some potential to fulfill personally–potential that isn't being achieved as a big fish in a little pond.
So, it's time for a European Adventure. But where? If the Everton rumors are at all true, I'd jump at them. Why? Let me count the reasons.
- With Everton's current injury crisis at striker and mid-tier league status, there's more than a passing chance that he can get some games. At Bayern he'd be the third or fourth option at best.
- He's got less reputation for failure in England. Some may remember his crap Champions' League appearance at Liverpool, but that can only do him good at Goodison, right? Germany, on the other hand, will remember Leverkusen being twice bitten.
- Everton (and Moyes) have a history with Americans. True, Klinsmann is honorary So-Cal, but what American has had success at Bayern like Howard, Joe-Max Moore, and Brian McBride have at Everton?
So then the question becomes: loan or transfer? Tough call. Everton will be getting their horses back in the stable eventually, so I'd be inclined to try a loan deal. It worked for McBride and landed him a full-time gig in England. Besides, if it doesn't work out, he can always come home with his tail between his legs (like the other times) and no harm done. If he transfers for decent money and then lands on the bench, what becomes of his form for the national team?
Lots to ponder. What do you think?