New player settling in well with the teamRoberto Martinez says another plus point to take out of the confidence-boosting 4-1 win over Accrington Stanley was the individual performance of Antolin Alcaraz.when he came onas a half-time substitute for Sylvain Distin in Wednesday's pre-season outing.
Everton's new signing had watched on from the sidelines against Austria Vienna at the weekend but Martinez felt the Store First Stadium was the right place to ease the 30-year-old into proceedings.
“It's important he got that first game and got to know his teammates,” Martinez explained to EvertonTV.
“It feels like he has been with us for a long, long time and he plays with that maturity. That is down to the group of players that we have who have welcomed the new signings really well.
“It's pleasing to see Antolin settle in really quickly. That's always a nice sign of a dressing room.”
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857 Posted 18/07/2013 at 16:19:11
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885 Posted 18/07/2013 at 17:52:56
Will need to see him against better opposition before really seeing what he's like, but he certainly appears to be an astute free transfer and brings a bit of calmness to our backline.
903 Posted 18/07/2013 at 19:40:02
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915 Posted 18/07/2013 at 20:12:06
918 Posted 18/07/2013 at 20:27:55
Is it Cucumber?
920 Posted 18/07/2013 at 20:34:09
For further reference, see my post on the Accrington match thread: "Alcaraz impersonated a cucumber" and subsequent jollity.
Your prize is a special cucumber costume, so you can be as cool as Alcaraz! https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BDttY5ICQAIayab.jpg
926 Posted 18/07/2013 at 20:59:19
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938 Posted 18/07/2013 at 22:06:59
004 Posted 19/07/2013 at 09:48:17
It'll be interesting to see how it works out, as a lot of us have bemoaned the hoofball element to our game. I got the feeling Moyes wasn't a fan of it either but never really managed to change it. It was always something we slipped into when things got a bit edgy in games.
Can Martinez change that? I think if he can it'll have to be at least partly through new personnel, so I guess Alcaraz is the start of that.
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