LISBON, PORTUGAL - FEBRUARY 25: Joao Moutinho of Sporting battles with Landon Donovan of Everton during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32, 2nd leg match between Sporting Lisbon and Everton at the Estadio Jose Alvalade on February 25, 2010 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Landon Donovan tweeted this morning that "Once a toffee, always a toffee" which sent twitter a buzz with rumours that Donovan was returning to Everton FC for another loan. It looks like the LA Galaxy star will be spending two months hanging out with US goalkeeper Tim Howard, as the Toffees have made him a formal offer. He's set to return before the LA Galaxy begin CONCACAF Champions League play.
"The opportunity to return to Everton and play for such a well-respected club and a manager that I hold in such high regard was something that was simply too good to pass up. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Everton in 2010 and I’m hopeful that we can experience similar success this time around," Donovan said. "I want to thank David Moyes and Bruce Arena, as well as executives from both clubs and Major League Soccer for allowing me this unique and special opportunity."
Landon Donovan will be eligible to make his debut for Everton January 4th when the club hosts Bolton Wanderers at Goodison Park. On January 11th Everton will play at White Hart Lane against Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur. He will remain with Everton until the Merseyside Derby at Anfield on February 25th.
Landon Donovan played in 34 of 46 Galaxy games in all competitions last year. With the Galaxy still in Champions League, plus the next season of Champions League to go, that number will fly well past 50. But all parties involve think this is a positive move for the LA Galaxy's all time leading scorer.
"This is a great opportunity for Landon," Galaxy General Manager and Head Coach Bruce Arena said. "During the final months of the 2011 season he was limited because of an ongoing injury and he just started to get his legs back during the playoffs. Therefore, I think that this opportunity with Everton comes at a perfect time as he is rested and ready to go. We wish Landon and Everton the very best and look forward to Landon returning to the Galaxy on February 26."
Time will tell how all this shakes up. Perhaps the Galaxy are looking for some extra cash to put in the contracts currently being extended to David Beckham, Sean Franklin, and Juninho. Or perhaps Donovan, having proven himself in America, wanted to taste the European experience once more while his legs were still relatively young.