Martinez: Everton squad has huge calibre

Date published: Wednesday 2nd September 2015 10:48

Roberto Martinez: Happy with Everton's business

Roberto Martinez is content with Everton’s dealings in the summer transfer window, saying his squad now boasts a “huge calibre of player”.

The Toffees have brought in seven players, including the deadline-day signings of centre-half Ramiro Funes Mori from River Plate and winger Aaron Lennon from Tottenham.

They also signed Tom Cleverley, Gerard Deulofeu, David Henen, Mason Holgate and Leandro Rodriguez, as well as keeping hold of defender John Stones despite three bids from Chelsea.

Martinez is now happy with the players at his disposal and he believes the new signings will blend well with the remainder of the squad.

“I feel really pleased about the way in which our business during this transfer window will allow us to carry on with the continuity in our squad and develop some of our young talent while adding some outstanding characters,” the Spaniard told the club’s official website.

“Keeping the main performers of the team that attempted that fourth-place finish in the Premier League two seasons ago and shared in some incredible memories in Europe last season will help us to integrate all of our new signings and to carry on reaching better levels of performance on a consistent basis.

“Four full senior internationals for England, Argentina and Spain reflect the huge calibre of players we have been able to bring in, with some of those – Gerard Deulofeu and Aaron Lennon – already knowing our dressing room and our home.

“They represent a guarantee in terms of settling in well to our club and adding to our squad.”

One sour note for Martinez is that one his new signings, Cleverley, is facing up to two months out after damaging ankle ligaments in Saturday’s goalless draw at Tottenham.

The 26-year-old midfielder, who arrived on a free transfer from Manchester United in June, was carried off just before half-time following a heavy challenge from Eric Dier.

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