Christian Atsu appears to be very content with his season-long loan move, expressing that he has been made to feel very welcome by the players and fans alike during his first week with the club. The 22 year-old winger also reveals that his decision was aided by his team-mates at his parent club Chelsea who told him that Everton was a great club.
'The significant moves and signings have been made'
Roberto Martinez has dampened expectations that he will be dipping into the transfer market again before the transfer window closes, suggesting that he is happy with the quality at his disposal, that he doesn't have plans to bring in cover for Ross Barkley and that his focus now is on the players already at the club.
Roberto Martinez has offered a more optimistic prognosis on Ross Barkley's injury than was reported over the weekend but stressed that it is still too soon to put an accurate timeframe on his return from a medial knee ligament injury. The manager has also provided updates on Darron Gibson, Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo, while confirming that Seamus Coleman is fully recovered from his minor hamstring problem.
Everton were on course for a precious opening-day victory at King Power Stadium but were denied three points by Chris Wood's late strike. Aiden McGeady's sumptuous strike had given the Blues the lead after 20 minutes, only for Leonardo Ulloa to equalise almost immediately from a corner. Steven Naismith restored the advantage for Roberto Martinez's team but they lacked the drive after half time to kill the game and paid the price when the Foxes grabbed a point four minutes from time.
Roberto Martinez says that the swelling on Ross Bakrkley's knee has still not sufficiently abated for club medical staff to fully assess the extent of his injury which makes putting an exact date on his recovery difficult.