A couple of years ago, a friend, who was new to the game of soccer, was going on about how Landon Donovan was the greatest thing since sliced bread. At the time I said that he would not be able to make it Championship and he would never be able to play in the top flight in England.
Well today I'm here to say maybe I was wrong. Donovan, who has spent the last couple of weeks at Everton on loan, has been a success story and maybe he can play at the highest club level in the world. Donovan went to Germany early in his career and did not have that great a time, some media type thought he put in one of the worst Champions League performances ever. After not finding success he decided to return home and be the best player in the MLS. After a loan spell in Germany last year, which he was ok in, he returned to MLS. At the end of last season Donovan decided to join Everton on a 10 week loan and so far it has been a success. He made his debut for the Toffees against Arsenal on January 9 in a 2–2 draw and set up Everton's first goal with a corner. Donovan went on to start his next game with the club on January 16 in a 2-0 win over Manchester City F.C. Landon contributed a full 90 plus minutes to the game until his substitution in the 91st minute. He exited the field to a standing ovation from the Everton fans at Goodison Park. Donovan scored his first Everton goal against Sunderland on January 27 in a 2–0 home win. He also played a full 90 minutes in Everton's back-to-back victories over Chelsea and Manchester United, at that time first and second in the table respectively.
A couple of year ago, I questioned Donovan's heart and commitment to being the best player that he could be because he was staying in MLS and not looking at heading at playing in Europe. Those questions have now been answered and now count me on the Landon Donovan band wagon. The biggest winner in Donovan's trip to the Premier League is US Soccer come the World Cup, the national team will be able to pull from Donovan's experiences in the toughest league in the world and be able to lead the teams. So I will say this again, I was wrong Landon and you have really changed my opinion of you.