Sometime last year after Manchester United defeated Blackpool 3-2 after being 2-0 down, I wrote a post explaining why midfielder and all-around liability Darron Gibson needed to go. Gibson hasn’t seen much playing time for Manchester United beyond the odd League Cup and UEFA Champions League matches, but for some reason he kept a spot on the squad. Well with the transfer market open, Sir Alex Ferguson has mercifully put an end to the Gibson experiment.
Everton have signed Darron Gibson from Man United for an undisclosed fee, on a contract which runs until the end of the 2015-16 season.
Gibson, 24, has only been a bit-part player at Old Trafford, and made just two starts this season before the club decided to cash in. He was out of contract in the summer, with the Toffees believed to have paid £500,000 with another £1.5 million possible in add-ons.
A Republic of Ireland international with 17 caps, he made 60 appearances for United, scoring 10 goals.
“I can see a hunger,” manager David Moyes told Everton’s official website. “He is young and wants to prove himself.”
Gibson, who has a reputation for scoring some spectacular goals, is hoping to bring some much-needed firepower to Everton.
Of course, Gibson’s reputation is he scores the occasional 30-yard screamer right into the top corner of the net. In reality, this is a list of things Gibson does whenever he’s in the game:
- Inject zero pace in his attacking movements.
- Complete a multitude of square and backwards passes.
- Tries to score from 35 yards but instead hits Row Z. The ratio of goals he’s scored from that distance to the ones that fly miles above the crossbar is probably 1 to 15.
- Runs about doing nothing off the ball.
- More backwards and sideways passing.
Good luck to him at Goodison Park, but Gibson was easily my least favorite player on Manchester United. There’s rumors surfacing that Tomasz Kusczak and Mame Biram Diouf are also set to go out on loan, so maybe the time has come to take out the trash and make way for star attractions who could help the team pry the Premier League title away from Manchester City.