Everton fans will celebrate long and hard this week at the news that England striker Andrew Johnson will sign for The Toffees for a club record fee of £8.5m.
His prospective partnership with fellow international James Beattie could help fire the Merseyside club to greater success in 2006/07, after a season in which scoring regularly proved problematic - only the bottom three scored fewer goals than Everton.
Johnson's reputation at the top level is based on his 2004/05 Premiership campaign with Crystal Palace when he scored 21 times. He also created three other goals for the eventually relegated Eagles, but critics point out that more than half of Johnson's goal tally came from the penalty spot.
Indeed, Palace were awarded a mammoth 13 penalties in 2004-05, nine more than Everton were given last season.
|Player||Andrew Johnson||James Beattie|
|Minutes On Pitch||3,328||2,511|
|Goal Attempts|| || |
|Shots On Target||53||27|
|Shots Off Target||24||40|
|Passing|| || |
|Pass Completion %||72%||71%|
|Dribbling|| || |
|Dribbles & Runs||186||67|
|Dribble Completion %||56%||45%|
|Discipline|| || |
Beattie was criticised for his eventual goal tally during 2005/06 but only two of his 10 goals came from the penalty spot, giving him an open play total of eight, just two fewer than Johnson managed for Palace in the top flight.
What cannot be denied, however, is that a combination of Beattie's strength and Johnson's energetic running could lift David Moyes' side to new levels in the coming season, and with a new England manager in place, both Johnson and Beattie must stand a chance of regaining their place in the national squad.