Martinez the right man for Everton

Monday 29th July 2013 14:19

Roberto Martinez: Everton boss has been busy in transfer market

Roberto Martinez: Everton boss has been busy in transfer market

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Everton FanZoner Warren Doyle is happy with Roberto Martinez's work in the transfer window and is sure he is the right manager for the club.

How has your pre-season gone?

Considering there has been a major change at Everton, by way of a new manager, pre-season so far has been very smooth going.

Roberto Martinez has made some early moves in the transfer market, and the players have seemed to have settled back quickly. So far there have been no major injury worries and in friendly games against Vienna, Accrington and Blackburn, Everton have looked good to watch.

Are you happy with how things have shaped up in terms of transfers - both in and out?

Everton have certainly been busy.

Martinez went to his old club and signed Arouna Kone from Wigan and also bolstered the squad, signing defender Antolin Alcaraz on a free transfer and goalkeeper Joel Robles for a small fee.

One incoming player that has fans really excited is Gerard Duelofeu, who has joined on loan from Barcelona. Described as a 'wonderkid' in the Spanish media, the Catalan giants have high hopes for the 19-year-old and think he will improve under Martinez's guidance.

Time will tell whether the likes of Leighton Baines and Marouane Felliani will be sold, with rumours flying around all summer that they will be the subject of interest from other clubs. As of now, though, they are still Everton players and we certainly hope they will remain.

Is your current manager the right man for the job?

When Roberto Martinez came in, I was very happy as he seemed the best option and I have always admired what he tried to do with Wigan. There were a few fans that were a bit unsure at first but the way Martinez has conducted himself since his start looks to have won a lot of fans over. He has inherited a strong squad and he is absolutely the right person to attempt to take Everton forward.

Dare to dream - if everything clicked into place what's the best you could hope for?

The absolute best we could get out of our squad is to somehow break into the top four, cast aside all those who have spent far more money than ourselves and win a trophy.

Back to reality - what are your realistic expectations for the new campaign?

I think to maintain and top 7-8 finish, although that is not what we set out to achieve, realistically is where we will finish or should finish with the squad. I think it is about time we won trophy, too.

Be it the FA Cup or League Cup, 19 years is far too long for a club like Everton to go without silverware and we certainly have the players at our disposal to win something.

Who will visiting scouts be keeping an eye on this season?

I think some of the younger players will be making a big impact. Ross Barkley and John Stones could come through and will certainly be an unknown quantity. As mentioned previously, Gerard Duelofeu will be the main one to watch this year.

If you had to pick one player who'd be fit for every minute of every game, who would it be?

We had this in the form of Leighton Baines last year and I would love him to do it again if he stays, but personally I think your captain is the one you want for every game.

Phil Jagielka hit some brilliant form last season and is a colossus in defence. He is vital for us and I would suggest that he is the one we need at all times

On the flip side (without being cruel!), who is the player with most to prove?

There are a couple. Steven Naismith and Nikica Jelavic suffered from disappointing seasons last year and will look to improve, while Tim Howard has a real challenge on now to keep hold of the number one spot.

He seemed to become too comfortable and didn't have a genuine threat challenging him for the position. With the signing of Joel Robles, he will be pushed all the way and will want to prove himself to be Everton's number one.

If you could sign any one player from any other side in the same division who would you plump for?

Wayne Rooney. For all that has been said and done in the past, he is still an Evertonian, and some feel he has unfinished business with Everton. It has been interesting hearing the rumours surrounding Rooney lately - I just can't see him ending up at Chelsea; I think it would be a huge risk for David Moyes to sell him to a title-rival.

I think he'll end up at Arsenal or maybe go abroad, but if Rooney returned to Goodison I think it would re-ignite the fire within him and he would enjoy his football again.

If you only win one game all season who would you take three points from?

Manchester United away. It was highlighted that David Moyes never won a single game at Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge or the Emirates (not to mention Anfield) during his time at Everton.

We seemed to be too cautious at these places and it would be fantastic under a new manager to go to the home of the Champions and get the three points.

I know loads of fans would rather win at Anfield and I would love nothing more than victory there also, but winning at somewhere like Old Trafford would be fantastic.

You can follow Warren on Twitter at @WD1878 - and don't forget to follow @FanZone too for links to all the latest blogs.



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