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'Moyes Has Made Me Better'

Donovan hails Blues boss on eve of departure.

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Landon Donovan

Landon Donovan says David Moyes has made him a better player.

The American will end a second loan spell at Goodison Park after the FA Cup fifth round tie against Blackpool on Saturday.

Donovan has again sparkled for the Blues, amassing a veritable archive of assists during his short stay on Merseyside.

And the American says a lot of the credit for his impressive displays must go to his manager.

“I have a lot of respect for David Moyes,” Donovan told evertontv. “From the minute I spoke to him two years ago I knew he was someone I would get on well with.

“The best thing about him is that he doesn’t beat around the bush. If we have played well, he tells us, and if we have played badly he will tell us. If I’ve played well he will tell me, while if I haven’t and I need to do things differently, he will tell me.

“There has never been a time when I have taken things personally. He just has that way about him where you respect him and it has been an absolute pleasure to play for him.”

Donovan believes he is now a different player to the one who first won over the Evertonians two years ago – but undoubtedly a better one for his time with the Blues squad.

“I am a smarter player this time around – I see the game a bit better,” he said. “I don’t have the physical attributes to the extent that I did last time around and, as you get older, you have to make up for that in certain ways.

“But I feel like a wiser player and I was more ready for what was expected this time around and that helped me.

Donovan added: “There is no question this has made me a better player – these two trips to Everton – it has also made me a better person. Getting out of your comfort zone and doing something different isn’t always easy but it has made me a better player and person and I am absolutely happy with my decision to come back.”

Joe HayesUSA USA USA, farewell Landon we'll miss you

Sunday 19th February 14:44 Report Comment

Peter TurleyThanks Landon you came at just the right time pity you cant stay and help us win the cup, we'd love to see you again playing for the blue's

Sunday 19th February 14:35 Report Comment

Heather Clarethankyou landon you were great so sorry to see you go.come back soon.good luck

Saturday 18th February 19:36 Report Comment

Simon LahnAnd you've made Everton a better team because of your contributions during pressing times. I hope you sign for the Toffees when your contract is up with L.A.

Saturday 18th February 18:27 Report Comment

Victor TayAll the best in the upcoming MLS season! Remember to come back to us when your contract is over...

Saturday 18th February 15:22 Report Comment

dave lawsonthanks for everything you have done again landon, its been a pleasure to watch you. all the best for the mls season and hopefully we will see you again one day. you are welcome here forever

Saturday 18th February 11:25 Report Comment

matthew crossleythanks landon top man true blue through and through

Saturday 18th February 10:09 Report Comment

Ged CollinsWhat a great player committed and professional a real pleasure to watch such a gifted footballer. Thank you for all your effort you will remain a 'True Blue Boy ' in this great clubs memories

Friday 17th February 22:00 Report Comment

keith porteru can see that he loves the club .... well done and thank u ..... great player ... gives everything ....we will miss u ... Landon ...

Friday 17th February 15:39 Report Comment
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