Everton centre-back Sylvain Distin has revealed that he made the decision to join the Toffees when he left Portsmouth in the summer because he felt that he was more likely to play regular football under David Moyes at Goodison Park.
There was apparently a possibility that the Frenchman could have moved to Everton’s Merseyside rivals Liverpool or down the other end of the East Lancs Road to Manchester City, but he thought that the likelihood of being back-up to other players in the first-team was far too high.
With Mark Hughes’ City side having also signed Kolo Toure to boot, Distin clearly feels that a switch to the Toffees represented a better chance of playing regularly at the top level.
“I read about some interest from City. But when I saw the kind of names they were signing, if I went back I’d be on the bench,” the 31-year-old told skysports.com.
“It was not what you might call in England ‘my cup of tea’.
“It’s the same with Liverpool who were interested. I didn’t want to be a squad player.” (Goal)
Well I think this makes sense, Distin, a player in the autumn of his career wanted to be playing week in, week out. Clearly that wasn’t going to happen at Anfield and we have since gone on to secure another cover option in the form of Sotirios Kyrgiakos, who clearly has no qualms about waiting for his chance at the club.
I rate the former Man City & Portsmouth centre back and I would predict he does well at Goodison Park and he is a fit lad who probably has a few seasons in the tank.