By Sean Fisher

21st Sep, 2022 | 7:10pm

Michael Owen praises Conor Coady for bold decision he made during Everton switch

Michael Owen believes Conor Coady is a perfect fit for Frank Lampard’s Everton side after he joined the Toffees on loan this season.

Coady is quickly becoming a fan favourite at Goodison Park after completing a season-long loan from Wolves in the summer.

The side have vastly improved defensively since his arrival, with the Toffees conceding just six goals in seven games this season.

He’s quickly formed a partnership alongside fellow signing James Tarkowski in defence, and was even awarded the captain’s armband for the recent 1-0 win v West Ham.

His immediate impact in Merseyside has been picked up on by BT Sport pundit and former Liverpool striker Michael Owen, who was pleased Coady overlooked his loyalties to the Reds during his Everton switch.

“I think it’s a match made in heaven Conor Coady going to Everton,” Owen told Premier League Productions, as quoted by HITC.

“Of course, everyone knows he’s a massive Liverpool fan. But it shows opportunities, this is your life and this is your career. There is no time for ‘Oh, I supported them as a kid, so I am never going to play for Everton’.” 

Dropping the Liverpool tag

It didn’t take long for Everton fans to forgive Coady for his previous spell at Liverpool.

The 29-year-old has shown great grit and determination in the heart of defence since his arrival, and it’s been picked up on by fans around Goodison.

His passion and leadership is evident, and he certainly didn’t show any signs of loyalty after scoring against the Reds in the derby (even if it was later chalked off).

After Rafa Benitez’ recent moan about struggling to make managerial decisions at Everton due to his previous ties with Liverpool, Coady has rubbished his theory in a matter of weeks this season by becoming a loved figure on the blue half of Merseyside.

He may only be here on a season-long loan as things stand, but you’ll be stretched to find many Evertonians that aren’t keen on making Coady’s move permanent as soon as possible.