Time for Johnny to go?

With the January transfer window days from opening, the agent of Heitinga has been touting his players availability around Europe in the hope of finding the Dutch international a new club.


This time last year it would have been unthinkable to let the World Cup finalist leave, however after a series of under par performances and with the Blues struggling at the back, maybe now is the time to utilise the value in Heitinga and reinvest the funds in reinforcements to bring Champions League football to Goodison Park.

Heitinga’s unhappiness is perfectly understandable. A player of his pedigree is never likely to be happy with a regular place on the substitutes bench, but with Everton struggling to keep a clean sheet, Moyes has rotated between Heitinga and Distin.

“Heitinga is certainly not happy about how things are going at Everton,” Jansen, Heitinga’s agent told VI Radio. “We don’t have to be mysterious about that. We’ll be looking for a solution. If the right situation is there, we certainly wouldn’t ignore the chance of a transfer.”

If Heitinga was to leave then Moyes would need to reinvest in another Centre Back. Joleon Lescott has been linked with a return, however any fee is likely to be prohibitive until the summer. A loan for the remainder of the season would be an attractive option, firstly to test the water with a number of Evertonians who still have strong feelings following his controversial exit to Manchester City and secondly to ensure he can reintegrate himself into a tight knit Everton unit.


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