John Heitinga could leave Everton at the end of this English Premier League season

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  • John Heitinga could leave Everton at the end of this English Premier League season

John Heitinga could leave Everton at the end of this English Premier League season

Everton defender John Heitinga has hinted a transfer move at the start of next English Premier League season in case, he fails to find a regular place in the final eleven line-up of Everton. The Holland International Heitinga, after not being considered as a first choice player in recent weeks by Everton manager David Moyes, has shown frustration on being sidelined for more than six weeks.

The 27-year-old, Heitinga while showing his disappointment said “I have certainly not come here to sit on the bench,". Together with Phil Neville, I have more experience than all the others. I have played in four major national team tournaments and I have played the World Cup final.”

The Netherland player, Heitinga considers himself as one of the best centre-back of the team, but has only featured once in the last six games of Everton, which might be enough a reason to his exit from Goodison Park. The last time he played for Everton was in February where his team was defeated 2-0 by Bolton Wanderers.  The Dutch International believes that he deserves a place in the team after playing a successful 2010 World Cup campaign with Netherland.

There are numerous factors which have added up to his exclusion such as his below par performances for the club initially, and then, it was Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin who perfectly played their role in the defence in his absence to cement their place in the team.

The former Ajax and Atletico Madrid player, Heitinga joined Everton in August 2009 for an estimated worth of €7.04 million. He has given 31 appearances for Everton in the last English Premier League season but in this 2010-11 EPL season, he has only featured in 15 matches which is half time less than that of last year.

The Dutchman further added “It's strange for me to sit on the bench at Everton. I don't want to moan. Apart from not playing sometimes, I love it here in England. I hope being out is a temporary thing. I will decide in the summer what I will do.”

He has also criticised the managerial style of manager David Moyes by claiming him to be the one, who do no talk too much and neither shares his decision making with the players. He said that Moyes is quite used to make promises from players which guarantee their inclusion in the particular match, but promises have fulfilled very rarely.

 Heitinga, who thought himself as the best central defender, has also played as a right back for the team in this season which has also affected his performance. But, for now, he has refused to play as a right back and want to pursue his football career as a Defender.


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