Roberto Martinez is likely to have made a good initial impression with his new Everton fans due to his shrewd transfer work.
The Toffees’ latest singing is 19-year-old Gerard Deulofeu on a season-long loan from Barcelona. Having been one of the key parts of Spain’s U19 European success in the past two years, Deulofeu is very highly rated and is a very promising talent that adds to a now strong-looking variety of options for Martinez, in the attacking midfield area. He may have only played for Barcelona’s B team, but for Everton, it could turn out to be an impressive acquisition as he is a fast and tricky youngster who can also play as a striker, winger or in behind.
Martinez has knuckled down and got straight to work at Goodison, taking advantage of the transfer window as early as possible — which should benefit the squad as these knew additions will now travel together on tour.
Arouna Kone is the other most notable addition to Everton’s squad. Martinez was obviously keen to take a familiar face to his new workplace and Kone shone last year, in an albeit fairly-average surrounding. £6 million may seem quite a bit when you see the likes of David Villa moving for around £4 million, but Kone showed last year he has the ability to perform and really be quite a threat in the Premier League.
Finally, Antolin Alcaraz isn’t exactly anything to shout about, but on a free he is another decent option to have as back up in Martinez’ squad. One of Everton’s problems has always been the depth in their squad. If Martinez can retain as many players as possible, then Everton will have a stronger squad with more variety.