Everton manager David Moyes may be resigned to losing Landon Donovan when the American's loan ends in March, but Blues captain Phil Neville is crossing his fingers for another loan deal next year.
“It is what it is, Landon is here for two months and we have just got to accept that. Let’s just hope we can get him back for another two months next year,” the former Manchester United defender told the Liverpool Daily Post.
“He loves living in LA and loves playing in the MLS. We have just got to accept he will not be staying, but he has been fantastic for us and let’s hope that continues. He has come in at a time when we needed a bit of a spark and he has provided that and he has fitted in superbly.”
Against Chelsea midweek Donovan had what Neville considers the American's best game for the Toffees. After assisting the first goal with a well taken corner, the 27-year-old won a penalty which Louis Saha missed.
“Landon played really well and I think it was probably his biggest game for the club [against Chelsea],” Neville said. “He was up against Ashley Cole who we know likes to bomb forward, even though he is a left back, but Landon totally made him go the other way and totally caused him problems. He won the penalty and set up the first goal. In terms of players we have got, Landon offers us something which we haven’t got and that is pace. He has fit in superbly and we are just a little bit sad he has to leave in a month’s time.”
In March, Donovan's loan with Everton will expire, and he will likely return to the Los Angeles Galaxy for preseason ahead of the 2010 MLS campaign.
"That was Landon's best game for us," said David Moyes according to the Guardian. "But I don't think we'll be able to keep him when his three-month loan expires unfortunately."
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