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Morgan Schneiderlin can revive his career at Everton

Friday 13th January 2017
Once regarded as one of the most formidable central midfielders in the Premier League, Morgan Schneiderlin has seen his career decline since joining Manchester United. On Thursday, Schneiderlin signed for Everton on a long-term deal, and he can now begin to rebuild his reputation on the blue half of Merseyside.
Morgan Schneiderlin's Premier League journey began in 2012, after joining Southampton four years previously and playing a vital role in the club's back-to-back promotions, the midfielder proceeded to demonstrate his talents in the English top flight. Schneiderlin was a revelation in his first season in the Premier League, which earned him the Southampton Fans Player of the Season award. Schneiderlin's reputation continued to grow; after seven seasons playing for the Saints, Manchester United splashed the cash to secure his signature.

It took a fee of £27 million for Man United to land their man in the summer of 2015. Schneiderlin arrived at Old Trafford expecting to enhance his career, but it never worked out that way. The much-anticipated appointment of Jose Mourinho left Schneiderlin frustrated on the sidelines - out of the 20 Premier League games this season, he featured just 3 times, and all of those were as a substitute.

Schneiderlin's lack of playing time was something of a surprise as Mourinho is well renowned for deploying strong, athletic holding midfielders: Nemanja Matic is a prime example, a player who was an integral part of Mourinho's last title-winning team at Chelsea. Could Schneiderlin have succeeded in the Matic role at Man United given more opportunities to shine? We will never know, as Everton now beckons for the French International, having signed a four-and-a-half year contract with the Toffees.
Despite failing to impress while at Man United, Schneiderlin's ability shouldn't be questioned, as during his time at Southampton, he was regularly the standout performer on the pitch. Schneiderlin's confidence has taken a hit, but his attributes remain intact: Strength, impressive athleticism, immense tackling and intercepting, along with being accomplished with the ball at his feet. At just 27-years-old, Schneiderlin has at least five more years at the top of the game ahead of him. If Everton can get the best out of their new acquisition, the £20 million spent will be a real coup.

Schneiderlin, a player capped eight times by the France national team, has had a huge amount of trust placed in him by Everton - particularly Ronald Koeman, a manager who he previously worked under at Southampton for the one season in 2013-14. The £20 million transfer fee Everton paid, which could rise to 24 million, makes Schneiderlin the club's third most expensive signing of all time. As reported by the Telegraph, this is what Schneiderlin had to say about his new club and manager:

Everton is a big club in the history of English football. I've always loved the atmosphere in the stadium. I can't wait to play and to represent this great club. There is a manager in place here that I know, I know he can get the best out of me. He was very good with me from the start and I enjoyed playing football under him. When I spoke with the manager and the people in place at Everton I understood immediately that they have a very good plan for the future. I just want to play football. I want to put my print on this club and do everything to get Everton where it belongs.

It is a superb deal for both the player and club: Everton have gained a player who was not so long ago on the verge of becoming world-class, while Schneiderlin has been presented with a great chance to enjoy more game time and fulfil his potential. With Gareth Barry, at 35-years-old, coming towards the end of his career, and James McCarthy looking like he's not involved in Koeman's future plans, Schneiderlin should get plenty of chances to impress at Goodison Park. Once that happens, we will once again witness the best Schneiderlin has to offer on a football pitch.
There has been little activity involving Premier League sides up to now in the January window, but come to the end of the month, Everton's purchase of Morgan Schneiderlin could prove the most significant transfer conducted by any club.
Danny Glendenning

Passions include reading, sport, and nights out with friends. A football fanatic whose writing career began in May 2016. Now 30 years old, lives in South Yorkshire - local team is Doncaster Rovers, although heart lies with Arsenal. Contributing editor for It's Round And It's White. Current claim to fame is an interview with Ron Atkinson. Always looking for work, either editing or writing. Contact via email: Dannysg1988@outlook.com. Or Twitter: @DannySG1988.



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