On Thursday afternoon Everton confirmed the signing of Morgan Schneiderlin on a four year deal from Manchester United. After standard Everton delay tactics the £24 million deal was announced with the Frenchman taking the famous No.2 shirt!
Evertonian’s including myself were delighted with the signing and many Blues licking their lips at the prospect of the potential partnership with Idrissa Gana Geuye. However he will need to rediscover the form that made Manchester United part with £27 million if we are to see the best out of him.
It’s fair to say the past six months have been one to forget for Schneiderlin. He no doubt sees the move to Everton as a chance to redeem himself and a chance to link up with a manager he knows well.
There’s no doubt Koeman knows Morgan well and hopefully will get the best out of him. During their year together at Southampton he had his most successful season of his career, playing in 30 games in all competitions scoring 4 goals and 1 assist. This form was enough to see Louis Van Gaal sign the Frenchman.
Friend of Cahill’s Corner Flag and United season ticket holder Richard Jones recalls Schneiderlin’s time at the club:
‘I was delighted when we signed Morgan, I thought a Premier League proven Centre Midfielder to bolster our ranks. However he did divide opinion, fans questioned what he actually did. In games against tough sides he broke up the play fantastically, at home against weaker sides, he tended to break up our attacks with his conservative passing. Similar to this season we kicked on and played better once we got Michael Carrick in the side.
For me Schneiderlin at his best was destructive and helped us to massive away wins at City, Liverpool and Goodison. At his worst he looked nervous and lacked confidence the fact he was way below Fellaini and Herrera in both Mourinho and Van Gaals eyes says a lot.
However reports I’ve heard are that Morgan is a cracking lad, who everyone likes but his face doesn’t fit. I think he has the potential to be an excellent signing for Everton and will provide a wealth of experience and defensive qualities, and I hope that he gets a run in the team and can establish himself and believe in himself. My only concern is that in a midfield with Davies and Gueye fans may get frustrated with his sideways passing.’
There’s no doubting his qualities but as Richard mentions he sounds like he thrives in a team that gives him confidence. I’m hoping with his experience of working under Koeman he’ll get that confidence. He’s obviously got real quality, Manchester United don’t spend that kind of money on you if you haven’t.
Personally I think he’ll be a great signing but he certainty has a point to prove, which for us wont be a bad thing. Collectively hope, wish, and pray Senegal exit the ACoN early so we can look forward to the dream team central midfield partnership finally being formed…!
Come on you Blues!