England Premier League — 31 July 2012

Premier League Everton are set the confirm the signing of South African midfielder Steven Pienaar, for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £4million.

The midfielder enjoyed great success in his first spell at the club, before joining Spurs and in a short spell on-loan last season.


Everton have a habit of enjoying really strong finishes to their Premier League campaigns. Last season the loan signing of Pienaar and the signing of striker Nikica Jelavic in January saw the club enjoy a fantastic run of form, which lead the Toffee’s to finish above city-rivals Liverpool in the Premier League table.


Towards the end of last season Everton were very dangerous in attack. Jelavic enjoyed a superb start to his Premier League career, firing home nine goals in just 13 appearances. Jelavic linked up especially well with Pienaar, as the little South African proved a creative force for the Toffee’s.

The Merseysider’s may have allowed Tim Cahill to leave for the MLS, but they have brought in former-Rangers attacker Steven Naismith on a free transfer, as a replacement for the Aussie. The Scottish international played with Jelavic at Rangers and they forged an outstanding partnership for the Scottish giants.

Naismith is highly-rated and if he can adapt to the Premier League as quickly as Jelavic, Everton could be a very dangerous team in the new campaign.


Everton now have a pretty decent squad of players and the team looks well balanced. The clubs aim will be qualify for Europe, as they have missed out on the European places for the past few seasons. The key for the Toffee’s is to keep their best players this summer.

If they can keep the existing players and have a good start to next season I wouldn’t rule out a place in the top six of the Premier League for David Moyes’ men.

Can Everton finish in the top six of the Premier League next season?


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David is a 29 year-old football fan and journalist, who is passionate about the beautiful game. He is a lifelong supporter of Premier League Everton and likes nothing better than a healthy discussion about the world's favourite sport.

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