Steven Pienaar is back to square one. After ditching Everton to join Tottenham Hotspurs in search for a league title and some Champions League action, the South African midfielder, Pienaar has been coerced into joining the Everton again.
The 29-year-old attacking midfielder was unable to cement his place in the first team where Luka Modric, Rafael van der Vaart and Scott Parker were already playing. Pienaar soon grew out of favor in the eyes of manager Harry Redknapp, who stopped using him as a substitute.
The former Ajax player had essentially become an excess at White Hart Lane, therefore a loan move seemed imminent. Pienaar, who left Goodison Park for North London after a £3 million deal still has to comment on the saga.
As the South African international returns to the Merseyside, former Manchester United striker Louis Saha is moving out in the opposite direction.
With mere hours left in the transfer window to close, Everton’s manager, David Scott Moyes has agreed on sending Saha on a loan move to Tottenham Hotspurs.
The 33-year-old will spend the rest of the season at White Hart Lane as Moyes is set on giving youngsters more chances up front. Everton managed to defeat Manchester City 1-0, who despite the defeat are still on top of the table.
It seems like fate has a taste for irony as former Manchester United midfielder, Darren Gibson came forth with a shot to split the difference. With Everton’s attacking power increasing and Saha succumbing to malignant form Moyes saw to best to loan him out for the season.
Pienaar, who spent the majority of his career with Everton, failed to make an impact at White Hart Lane. This has became the main reason for a hiatus in his career with the Spurs.
Pienaar and Saha both will be hoping that this loan deal doesn’t turn into an exodus.