Donovan has ten weeks to shine at Everton
DAVID SMITH - Friday, December 18, 2009
Following a week of intense speculation, Landon Donovan's much-anticipated loan move to Premier League club Everton was finally confirmed by the English club today.

The LA Galaxy captain will join the Toffees squad at the start of the January transfer window and will remain with the team until March 15, in line with details set forth in Thursdsay's press conference announcing his groundbreaking contract with the 2009 MLS Cup finalists.

"It's all done now," Toffees head coach David Moyes stated in a Friday press conference. "Landon will join us at the start of January."

An impending agreement between the clubs had become the worst-kept secret in the soccer world over the last week, with Donovan and Galaxy coach Bruce Arena explicitly naming the Merseyside club as the lone remaining contender for the forward's services during the winter months.

The long-time Everton coach has high hopes for Donovan to immediately help his injury-depleted squad which has struggled through the first half of the season, currently floating just one point above the relegation line.

"I think we need to strengthen the squad to make sure we are not in the situation we are currently in where we have so many injuries," Moyes admitted.

"I really need players who can hit the ground running and make an impact in the team quickly. Hopefully Landon will be able to do that."

"He will come in and add pace, he's a good finisher and has captained the USA national team so he has that experience," Moyes continued, adding "I am hoping Landon goes out and shows us what he can do."

Donovan joins longtime USA teammate Tim Howard at the Merseyside club, as they face a tough schedule in the early months of 2010 which includes the already-packed Premier League schedule, the FA Cup and a February home-and-home series in the Europa League round of 32 against Portuguese team Sporting CP.

Donovan's first chance to hit the field in Everton's blue jersey will be on January 2 for their FA Cup third-round encounter against League One team Carlisle United, with his potential Premier League debut coming one week later in a mouth-watering date against Arsenal FC in London.