Rio: Everton's 'perfect number nine' Saha is my toughest opponent
Published 22:10 26/09/11 By MirrorFootball
Rio Ferdinand reckons David Moyes is missing a trick in leaving "perfect number nine" Louis Saha out of his Everton team.
Ferdinand knows Saha well from their days at Old Trafford together and is convinced the frontman is one of the best in the business.
That’s not a view shared by Moyes who prefers to use midfielder Tim Cahill in a lone striking role.
Despite having a paper thin squad, he even left Saha out of his match day 18 recently - prompting Saha to criticise the decision on Twitter.
His relationship with Moyes has since been patched up and Ferdinand believes the hitman can provide the Toffees with more firepower.
Ferdinand said: "My former United team-mate Louis Saha, now at Everton of course, is my toughest opponent.
"He’s quick, he’s strong, he’s aggressive, he hits the ball cleanly with both feet and he’s great in the air.
"If I was building a prototype of a perfect number nine then I’d look to Louis.’’
Saha has made just three sub appearances this term with youngster Apostolos Vellios ahead of him in the pecking order.
The Frenchman has managed a respectable 33 goals in 98 performances for the Toffees but has frustrated Moyes by the number of injuries he has picked up at the club.
Saha moved to Goodison Park in September 2008 having netted 42 times in his 124 outings for the Manchester United.
The Reds had paid Fulham £12.8m for his services in 2004 after he impressed against Alex Ferguson’s side for the Cottagers.