Everton boss David Moyes has said that youn whipper snapper James Vaughan will not be allowed to leave the club, even on loan, because he is such a highly rated prospect. Moyes said:
“There is not even a chance of him leaving on loan, not in the slightest.
“We rate him so highly, nobody has bothered asking and, even if they did, they would get the same kind of answer.”
But Vaughan (or Vaughnie to his mates) won’t be able to just waltz into the Everton first team, he will have to displace Yakubu, Andy Johnson, James McFadden, as well as fellow youngster Victor Anichebe. And Moyes knows it will be tough:
“Vaughany had a really good finish to last season and we have got big hopes for him. He is coming back in and he is looking much sharper. He looks like he is ready.
“He has probably had to stand back a bit and he will have seen what Yak (Yakubu) and AJ (Johnson) are doing and realise the consistency that is required and the goalscoring that is required too. Hopefully he will be learning from them.
“Now what the boys need to look at is that Everton are picking up and they are going to have to pick up too.
“That’s what James Vaughan will realise with the standards the centre-forwards are setting now,”
There is no doubt that Vaughan is a talented youngster, but if he is that talented, how long will he be prepared to wait?