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Wednesday 31 July 2013

On this day in 2012: Pienaar returns to Everton

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Pienaar making a permanent return to Goodison

  • Pienaar's header helps Everton come from behind to defeat Spurs 2-1

  • The South African adds drive and skill to the Everton midfield

  • Pienaar is preparing for the 2013/14 campaign under new manager Roberto Martinez rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 31 July 2012: Steven Pienaar makes Everton return permanent

Steven Pienaar made a permanent return to Everton for a fee of £4.5m after signing a four-year deal with the Goodison Park club.

"There was no doubt in my mind that I would be back here"
Steven Pienaar

The 30-year-old midfielder had shone for the Toffees in his first spell with the club, making 104 appearances after joining Everton from Borussia Dortmund in 2007.

The South African left the Toffees for Tottenham Hotspur in the January 2011 transfer window but struggled to hold down a first-team place at White Hart Lane and rejoined Everton on loan in January 2012.

Pienaar scored four goals in 14 Barclays Premier League appearances to help Everton finish seventh in the table and last summer he signed a permanent contract.

"I am happy to be here. It took a few weeks to sort out but I am delighted to be back and excited to play for Everton," he said. "There was no doubt in my mind that I would be back here. At the end of the season I told the manager how I felt and I am happy now it is all done."

In his first full season back at Everton, Pienaar started all but three League matches, scoring six goals, including a late header to help his side come from behind to defeat Spurs in December as well as the winner in the 2-1 victory over West Ham United later that month.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when a popular midfielder made a permanent return to Goodison Park