Everton just can't get shut of Andy Van der Meyde
WHILE the subject of new arrivals is on everyone's lips, talk of departures will also rise but one man who won't be leaving Goodison Park this summer is Andy van der Meyde.
Though he never kicked a ball in anger for the first team last season and has consistently under-whelmed on the pitch since he arrived at the club three years ago, Everton simply are unable to offload him.
Clubs in Portugal and Greece have, at some stage in the past 12 months, made strong enquiries but the player simply won't move.
There was even suggestions of him joining Wigan and Bolton but, again, he would not go.
Part of van der Meyde's desire to stay on Merseyside is down to the health of his young daughter Dolce, who still requires constant hospital attention as she battles to overcome a serious bowel condition.
Something such as that means football pales into insignificance but if van der Meyde is going to be around for the next year, is it too much to hope for him to come back from his summer holiday with a fresh outlook?
He is an engaging individual but, sadly, fell in with the wrong crowd and though it would take a comeback of Lazarus proportions to get in the first team regularly, would it be too much to ask for him to at least show a willing attitude?