Former Bafana Bafana captain Steven Pienaar is reportedly not happy with his contract stalemate at Everton and now an English media outlet has insisted the Blues legend deserves more respect.
The Liverpool Echo published a feature called “Why Steven Pienaar’s Blues career deserves better than just fizzling out” on Thursday.
Author Chris Beesley argues that skillful winger is one of the club’s greatest players in the Premier League era and perhaps still has more to offer than most think.
“South African is one of the club's Premier League greats,” starts the feature on the 34-year-old Mzansi star.
“He’s the man who signed for Everton on four separate occasions but Steven Pienaar’s long and impressive contribution to the Blues' cause is in danger of fizzling out.
“The South African midfielder must surely rank as one of the most skilful players to grace Goodison Park on a regular basis in modern times – he’d arguably get the left-wing berth in most fans’ all-time Everton Premier League XI – but he’s now struggling to get a look-in.
Beesley paticularly praises Pienaar for his partnership with Leighton Baines.
“Of course, part of Pienaar’s appeal in his pomp was the seemingly telepathic understanding he built up on the left flank with full-back Leighton Baines, dubbed ‘Bainaar’,” he added.
“The pair’s respective talents seemed to dovetail perfectly with Baines the natural left footer who liked to push forward and ping in dangerous out-swinging crosses from the wing and Pienaar a right-footer who would provide clever lay-offs and cut inside.
“One of the most potent weapons in Pienaar’s armoury has always been his close control and fancy footwork in tight situations which in turn ensured a canny ability to earn a series of free-kicks for his team in dangerous positions.
“Although he hasn’t completed 90 minutes in Everton’s first team for more than 16 months since the Europa League dead rubber at home to Krasnodar in December 2014, when called upon Pienaar has nevertheless often produced bright displays and still feels he could contribute something extra to a side that is struggling to fulfil its potential in the Premier League.
“More of a creator than a prolific finisher, Pienaar will be remembered more for making chances than taking them.”
Schillo’s current deal at the club is running out at the end of the season and Roberto Martinez recently announced that he and four others need to wait until after the season before the club will enter contract talks.