With World Cup 2014 fast approaching, talentspotters will be on high alert. Major international competitions give clubs the chance to unearth some gems, and also allow supporters to become overexcited at the prospect of signing an Ecuadorian full-back with beautiful set-piece deliveries.
Some work out well – but it is those which don’t quite work out which are remembered most.
The Trinity Mirror data unit has compiled a list of Everton FC signings following a major international tournament since Euro ‘92, and have built a survey to see who fans think are their best, and worst, post-tournament transfers.
To count as a tournament transfer, the player must have been in their nation’s squad for the tournament in question, and must have moved to the club in the two months following the tournament.
Here’s the six who ran out for Everton after participating in international tournaments.
Daniel Amokachi: The Nigerian striker took USA ’94 by storm after scoring two goals, sending the unfancied Africans into the second round. He was signed by Mike Walker from Club Brugge for £3m.
John Collins: Collins had been one of Scotland’s most impressive players at France ’98, with the midfield netting a penalty in the tournament’s opening game against Brazil. He then moved from Monaco to the Blues that summer.
Thomas Gravesen: The Hamburg midfielder made two appearances at Euro 2000 as the Danes were eliminated without scoring a single goal before becoming a popular player at Goodison Park.
Niclas Alexandersson: The Swedish wide man featured in all three of his country’s Euro 2000 group games but went home with two defeats and a draw; he then signed for the Blues for £2.5m from Sheffield Wednesday.
Joseph Yobo: Nigeria finished bottom of a tricky group with England, Sweden and Argentina, with Yobo playing in all three in three different positions – central midfield, central defence and right back. He then moved from Marseille to the Premier League.
Tim Howard: The US goalkeeper didn’t make a single appearance, deputising for Kasey Keller, as the United States finished bottom of their group.
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