The Toffees may have landed fifth place in the Premier League last term, although it doesn’t appear that every member of the squad was a happy one. These days, football managers have a tough old job on their hands trying to keep everyone happy, especially those on the fringes of the first-team who are asked to play out of position.
Setanta report that Andy Johnson was not a happy bunny during his final season at Goodison Park, being deployed on the wing in a supporting role to Yakubu. Indeed, while Everton were at one stage challenging Liverpool for fourth place in the Premier League, the striker was clearly disgruntled at being forced to play a bit-part role for the Blues.
“They (Everton) only play with one up front away, and at home really, so you had four strikers playing for one place, which was quite difficult,” said the 27-year-old.
“Yak (Aiyegbeni Yakubu) was the main guy up front and I was playing off him, sometimes a little bit deeper on the wings and that hindered me.
“I didn’t really settle and had quite a lot of injuries. The one up front formation limited the amount of games I played. I was out on the right and didn’t really get going.”
It’s clear that Fulham haven’t spend a huge amount of money to use AJ sparingly at Craven Cottage, and it’s entirely likely that he and Bobby Zamora will team up in attack for Roy Hodgson’s men. Everton fans, are you sorry to see Johnson go or do you think it’s a sound bit of business for a squad player?