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Tim Howard says he is bubbling with excitement about the most potent Everton attacking line-up during his time at the club.
The Toffees keeper believes David Moyes has assembled the strongest stable of forwards for the forthcoming season than ever before.
After the Blues scored four against Norwich at Carrow Road on Saturday, Howard said he is hoping more teams are put to the sword with high scores when the new campaign kicks off.
Tim Cahill grabbed a hat-trick against the Championship newcomers, with Diniyar Bilyaletdinov adding another.
And with Louis Saha, Jermaine Beckford and Jack Rodwell also looking threatening in front of goal, and Yakubu still to return, the USA star said: “This is probably one of the strongest attacking line-ups we’ve had in my time here.
“One of the things the gaffer does very well is brings in good strikers. He always has – even when I wasn’t here but just watching Everton.
“We certainly have a good stable now and they feed off each other. Not just in games but in training. They always want to outdo the next guy.
“Forwards are greedy and they want that glory which is good. You need that.
“The Premier League, more than any other in the world, is all about goals.
“We’ve done a good job over the last few years of creating chances.
“But the more times in games we can get on the front foot and be in a winning position the better.
“The team that normally goes ahead in the premier league wins.
“The more goalscorers we have on the better.”
The win meant the Blues are still unbeaten in pre-season, and Howard added: “It would be nice to go unbeaten in preseason.
“Since I’ve been here we haven’t had too many great pre-seasons based on results, but we’ve had some really good seasons so you can’t read too much into it.
“But then you can never go wrong with winning. It gives you that mental steel and metal.”
Everton midfielder Phil Neville expressed anger yesterday at the way former Toffees team-mate Dan Gosling's summer transfer to Newcastle unravelled, and went on to back calls for the Premier League to introduce a winter break.
Gosling turned down an improved contract at Goodison Park at the end of last season, allowing newly promoted Newcastle to sign the midfielder, 20, on a four-year deal.
Speaking on Radio Five's Sportsweek, the Everton captain said: "I was disappointed because Dan was a great kid. The manager had given him a platform to progress as a footballer. I'll always like Dan but I don't like the situation that occurred. It's dissappointing that he cannot fulfil his potential and that he felt he needed to go elsewhere."
Gosling made 18 appearances in two and half years with the club, scoring six times – including winners against Manchester United and Liverpool. "Heads get turned," Neville continued, "they get influenced by other people."
Neville also suggested that a winter break would be of benefit to the England manager Fabio Capello's side. England's premature World Cup exit in South Africa this summer led to renewed calls for a winter break in the Premier League. "It's 1966 since we last had success – that's too long," said the midfielder, who won 59 caps for England.
"We need a break, where for two or three weeks there is a complete shutdown, when players can refresh, recharge. It's great playing at Christmas, but come May, when you need to be peaking for your country in the biggest [tournament] of your life, you're dead on your feet."
"We all want to play. I love playing on Boxing Day, New Year's Eve or New Year's Day – it's part of the tradition of English football – but then you come to a major tournament and accept that the players aren't in the best shape. You can't have it both ways. Maybe you can have a mid-winter break after New Year's Day."
"We have to take something away from the Premier League to give something back to our national side."
David Moyes has ruled out bringing the USA captain, Landon Donovan, back to Everton on a permanent basis because the club would be unable to afford him. The Everton manager admitted he would like to re‑sign the forward, who enjoyed a successful loan spell at the club last season and has expressed a desire to return, but he claimed the financial constraints at Goodison Park have made it impossible for the transfer to happen.
Donovan, who is valued at around £10m, said last week that he "would love to go back to Everton", where he spent two months earlier in the year, scoring twice in 13 appearances. Those comments will have been well received by Everton supporters, who quickly took to Donovan, but any hopes they had of seeing the 28-year-old LA Galaxy forward this season have been extinguished. The Everton manager, who has signed three players this summer but paid out only £1m in transfer fees, claimed Donovan is well beyond their reach.
Moyes also suggested that unless the club's financial position changes – Bill Kenwright, the Goodison Park chairman, is continuing to search for new investors – Everton are likely to be among the lowest spenders in the Premier League this season.
"We'd love to have Landon but he looks too expensive for us and we just don't have it," said Moyes. "We don't have the finances. The price they want for him is very big and it's an additional problem because of his age. All we've done is spend £1m on [new signing] Magaye Gueye so far. Jermaine Beckford and [the Slovakia goalkeeper] Jan Mucha were free, so we've spent no money by Premier League standards and will probably be the ones who spend the least this season."
Moyes has admitted that signing Beckford, who arrived on a free transfer from Leeds United and has never played in the top flight, was a gamble, but he believes it was one that Everton had to take. "Sometimes people in life need opportunities and we're going to give Jermaine that opportunity to see if he can score goals in the Premier League," the Everton manager said.
"He can certainly do it in the lower leagues and from what I've seen, I can see how he is a goalscorer. He's looked fantastic in training. Whether he can step up to the big league, we don't know. It was a gamble but not one too expensive for us to try."