SAHA: I’LL HELP STICKY TOF­FEES

Midweek Sport - - TV GUIDE - By GRA­HAM CHASE

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.”

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