SAHA: I’LL HELP STICKY TOFFEES
LOUIS SAHA admits he had his problems with boss David Moyes at the start of the season – but is determined to do as much as he can to help cashstrapped Everton.
French striker Saha, 33, left Goodison Park before kick-off after being left out of Moyes’ squad for the 3-1 win over Wigan in September.
And he believes that the Toffees never had a chance of hitting the ground running at the start of the campaign due to another miserable summer in the transfer market.
Moyes had to bring in Royston Drenthe and Denis Stracqualursi on the cheap before losing Mikel Arteta just before the deadline.
But Saha insists he has been able to talk through his issues with the Scottish manager after their fall-out. He said: “My relationship with the coach? It’s logical there are small tensions. Being banned from the group? Maybe he wanted to provoke me.
“The most important thing is we had the explanations I needed. Now I’m playing again.
“We had a very difficult start to the season. Financial issues didn’t allow us to have a real strengthening campaign. It has an impact. When a player like Drenthe came at the last moment and Arteta left, it is disturbing. We had to find our bearings again.”
Wonder-kid Ross Barkley, 18, is set to sign his first professional contract.
The youngster said: “David Moyes has had young players coming through before.
“That’s what’s great about Everton – the manager will always give young players the chance to play.”
I’LL TAKE HIM: Wenger is keen on Lukas Podolski (inset)