Double boost lifts gaffer Moyes

With discontent rising among some supporters about a perceived lack

of movement in plans to sell the club the Scot was pleased to be

able to talk about some good news for a change. United States

international Donovan will return to Goodison Park in January for a

second spell, having spent a couple of months on Merseyside in the

early part of 2010, while Barkley has agreed a four-and-a-half-year

deal. When Moyes was asked whether the news about Donovan and

Barkley had put a spring in everyone’s step he said: “It does in

mine, it makes me feel good. I’ve always said making progress at a

club is really important. “I think today we have made a bit of

progress in signing a young boy like Ross Barkley, making sure he

is our player, and bringing in Landon, who did well for us in his

last spell. “We are working hard to bring in more (players) just

now. “There are never any promises but if Landon is the start we

are hoping to do one or two more. “Hopefully it filters through to

the supporters and they are much happier and have something to talk

about and look forward to.” While bringing in experienced Los

Angeles Galaxy forward Donovan gives the team a short-term boost

Moyes stressed securing Barkley’s immediate future was far more

significant. The 18-year-old has made seven appearances this

season, making his first-team debut in the opening game of the

campaign at home to QPR. An academy graduate, Barkley had to wait

until he turned 18 – which was a fortnight ago – before he could

sign a new deal. “That is probably the most important because he is

one of our own,” added Moyes. “We are delighted Ross has signed and

we will try to bring him on the way we have done with many others.

“The best news is always when you develop your own and bring them

through and that is what Everton do. “We all know he has a bright

future ahead of him but he is going to need a bit of time to

develop. “But so did all the others; the Waynes (Rooney) and Jacks

(Rodwell) of this world – even Leon Osman. We have to give him that

opportunity to come along. “No one could take him off us and we

have a really good record of, when we get these boys, pointing them

in the right direction and turning them into really good players.

“I didn’t think there was any time when someone was coming to take

him off me, we just couldn’t sign him to a contract until he was

18.” Moyes said contract negotiations were ongoing with other

members of the squad with defender Sylvain Distin’s the most likely

to be tackled. “We are in talks with Sylvain and his people but it

is not something which is at the forefront because I think he has

an option on his contract at the end of the year,” added the

Everton boss. Norwich are the visitors to Goodison Park and Moyes

is hopeful his side can start rectifying their poor home record

which has seen them take just seven points from seven matches.

Losing at Arsenal last week after the home defeat to Stoke the

previous week has undone some of the good work achieved with

back-to-back wins late last month. “I don’t think we played

sparklingly well but I don’t think we played that badly to have

lost them both but we did and we need to make sure we don’t have

another defeat,” said Moyes. “We have to get back playing and

scoring goals. We have created a lot of opportunities to make

chances but have not delivered it well enough or not finished it

off. “I think Norwich have done really well and (manager) Paul

Lambert has done a great job having come up a division with a lot

of momentum. “They’ve had some good results on the road and they

are playing with freedom.”