Boss hoping to land 'six or seven players'Robert Martinez says that he is looking at bringing in "six or seven" new players this summer as he plans for a likely European campaign next season.
Though Everton still have hopes of qualifying for the Champions League, at least until the result of Arsenal's game with Newcastle is known, a place in the Europa League can be confirmed with a point from the last two games. And Martinez knows that he will have to add to his squad in order to support campaigns on multiple fronts.
"It's not about improving the squad, it's about increasing it" the Spaniard says. "When you are playing in Europe you need six or seven new players. That's the reality and we will do that.
“I never worry about losing players It's the opposite. I get excited about bringing new players in. You need fresh blood.
"We've got incredible senior players: Tim Howard, James McCarthy, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Leon Osman, James McCarthy. Those players hold the dressing room together but we need fresh talent and fresh additions to help the team."
Martinez has guided the Blues to their best ever points total in his first season in charge but the increased competitiveness at the top end of the Premier League means that even with eight more points than the last time they finished fourth, 69 points won't be enough to make the Champions League this time around.
With Manchester United likely to be back in the hunt next season, the Blues' manager knows that he is going to need an influx of players to get the club back to where he believes it belongs based on its illustrious past.
"In another season, the 69 points we have would have been Champions League football," he continues. "With the heritage and history we have, we should be aiming for the Champions League.
"I think we're on the right path with the right people, it's just an adventure that we need to carry on growing and experiencing."
Quotes sourced from Daily Mail
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1 Posted 28/04/2014 at 06:06:26
2 Posted 28/04/2014 at 06:26:05
This league that is "competitive at the top" is only so because it has been shite at the bottom. Theres 380 games in a league season, so 760-1040 points to distribute. Yes, 69 points would normally get CL but could still see us miss out, but I think teams will be staying up with the lowest points total as well.
Looking at the bottom 6, we have dropped points against Cardiff (2), Norwich (2), Sunderland (3) and WBA (4). Only Fulham and Villa have yielded the maximum. Tellingly, 6 of those dropped points came in the first 3 games, before the late flurry of transfer activity which saw McCarthy (whos transfer wasnt at all linked to Fellainis departure we were told) and Barry come in, as well as Lukaku.
Every year our transfer "activity" fucks us over. Either late signings in the summer window (the first tranche of broadcast revenue is paid mid August), or little / no activity in January when the squad needs freshening up. This season weve had, yet again, overall net negative spend. But were consistently told it would be "kopite" behaviour to question this, whilst the teams doing okay. Keep fiddling Neros.
3 Posted 28/04/2014 at 07:21:09
A striker will be the most important move. I think Remy, Bony and Lukaku are all unlikely candidates for various reasons. Wonder who Bob is looking at...
4 Posted 28/04/2014 at 07:28:10
He was thinking more along the lines of 4 out and 3 back in at a net saving of £10 million.
5 Posted 28/04/2014 at 07:27:05
6 Posted 28/04/2014 at 07:30:34
Ive got a feeling Man Utd under Ryan Giggs will win all their remaining games giving them the 9 points they need to catch us.
We have two tough fixtures, Man City wont be easy as they will be totally pumped up.
So that leaves us needing something away to Hull which is a tough place to go.
7 Posted 28/04/2014 at 08:14:53
Funny, no mention of Barry there!
8 Posted 28/04/2014 at 08:26:34
9 Posted 28/04/2014 at 08:51:38
I live in New Zealand and heard on the radio last week that Everton and West Ham will be playing one game in Wellington v the Wellington Phoenix and one v Brisbane Roar during pre-season. Sounded all but a done deal and were just waiting for a date.
10 Posted 28/04/2014 at 09:16:52
Whether hell get the resources to make those additions of the required standard is another matter altogether.
11 Posted 28/04/2014 at 09:32:01
So can someone confirm that if Arsenal win the cup and finish fourth and we finish sixth that Hull would take our place in the Europa League?
12 Posted 28/04/2014 at 09:37:14
Perhaps one of Deulofeu or Barry
Players we should aim to sign...
1) Wilfried Bony
2) Callum McManaman
3) A quality creative midfielder who can knit forward passes together with the same incision that Arteta used to in his Everton days.
4) Also, a younger centre half to go next to Stones... It will be hard to get another season out of Distin whilst Jagielka is also the wrong side of 30; no matter what people say, it is harder to recover from injuries when a player passes 31-32.
We have had a strong first year under Martinez but it would be a real shame if we allowed it to slip during the summer by resting on our laurels and not trying to rectify the few problems that eventually cost us the final Champions League slot.
We need more goals from midfield next season. Only Mirallas chipped in with anywhere near enough. How many did McCarthy, Barry, Barkley, Osman, Pienaar and Deulofeu score between them?
When you dont get that many goals from midfield, it puts extra pressure on your striker having to score 20 plus goals and when you have just the one lone striker as we do, then you really are looking for a couple of midfielders to chip in with 10 goals.
We didnt have either a 20-goal-a-season striker nor a couple of midfielders who could score 10 goals; thats probably why we have fallen just short this season of where we really wanted to be.
Question is: Can we rectify that during the summer?
13 Posted 28/04/2014 at 09:38:30
In these dying moments of what has been a wonderful yet frustrating season, we should be prepared to forsake the beautiful game and if needs be win ugly. Robertos previous club was the best ever footballing side ever to be relegated. I do not want us to be another best ever footballing failure.
14 Posted 28/04/2014 at 10:06:45
The more I have seen of Bony as the season has progressed the more I like.
I always watch a player and see if they can perform as well away from home as they do at home and in Bonys case he can.
He also has all the attributes needed in the Premier League.
The reason I like McManaman is obvious and I believe he is a clear replacement for Deulofeu if he does go back to Barcelona.
Then we need a creative midfielder, which in my opinion is something we dont have at present. Someone in the Arteta/Coutinho mould.
There has to be someone out there either England or the Continent who had the vision to unlock stubborn defences.
15 Posted 28/04/2014 at 10:33:25
16 Posted 28/04/2014 at 10:42:39
17 Posted 28/04/2014 at 10:37:22
18 Posted 28/04/2014 at 10:46:30
If we qualify for European footy then the friendlies will be cut short – and dont forget, we have a World Cup to get out of the way.
19 Posted 28/04/2014 at 10:50:06
20 Posted 28/04/2014 at 11:01:27
I have heard quite a bit about those guys yes, I tend to agree they would potentially solve that problem of we could bring them in.
I would hope that one day McCarthy could become that captain type player you refer to needing.
I am aware that Martinez has stated that Macca is held back at times because he is slightly too quiet or shy on the pitch; maybe as he gets older, he will become more vocal although at 24 he should be showing signs by now of being a bit more ready to take the whos the daddy role.
I believe that type of personality is a hard trait to find – especially when it had to be equally levelled with playing ability.
21 Posted 28/04/2014 at 11:05:24
Jagielka is our captain but to be honest I never see him opening his mouth? Or giving someone a mouthful for a slack pass.
I remember a few seasons back Tim Cahill saying he ran down some balls he knew he had no chance of reaching, just to get the players around him and the fans going!!
The last time we gained Champions League football, we had two such players in Gravesen and Carsley!
22 Posted 28/04/2014 at 11:16:37
23 Posted 28/04/2014 at 11:25:09
24 Posted 28/04/2014 at 11:10:19
What I have seen so far has been a fairly competent winger who can cross a ball ok but again he possibly doesnt have many goals in him.
From what I gave seen so far I would say the jury remains out.
I will reserve judgement on McGeady until half way through next season.
25 Posted 28/04/2014 at 11:42:45
Also presuming (perhaps naïvely) that Gibson stays fit or that Barkley improves as a possible CM rather than AMC, which I am not convinced he is creative enough for). I am sure though that things will turn out quite differently....
27 Posted 28/04/2014 at 12:06:31
I know we looked really poor against Palace with Barry-Barkley, but to me the problem that day was more that they had McGeady and DelBoy in front of them, and they lost possession too easily and did not track back very well, which left Barkley exposed.
Sign up Barry for one or two seasons. Play Barry-McCarthy (with Barkley as the AMC) when we need steal away to the top teams, and play McCarthy-Barkley at against the other teams. If Gibson also turns up we look really good in central midfield. So what we need is a creative AMC who also scores goal.
28 Posted 28/04/2014 at 13:51:44
But which one would you sell? Problems!
30 Posted 28/04/2014 at 13:39:29
31 Posted 28/04/2014 at 15:04:23
32 Posted 28/04/2014 at 15:02:46
33 Posted 28/04/2014 at 14:27:27
However, I do think taking another point will be difficult. Having said that, I shall be hoping for at least the one point to give us a Europa League spot, and we have to remember that the winners of the Europa League get a Champions League spot.
Injuries have clearly affected team; we looked tired all game on Saturday. I can only hope West Ham do the double over Spurs and Sunderland cause another upset at Man Utd. I think we may need Man Utd to at least draw a game to finish 6th and Spurs to lose one and draw one to finish 5th.
Saturdays game along with the Palace game showed we are vulnerable to a high pressing game; Roberto needs to find way of playing against this type of play. Other manages will have seen this and I expect our two remaining games to be played against this style of play, with most teams to adapt to it when they play us next season.
Yesterday, the Chelsea manager showed how to beat a footballing team; our approach against some teams will have to change next season, to accommodate the spoiler styles. The irony is we will perform well against good teams but struggle against teams who basically play to win 40 to 50 points and safety of Premier League football.
In order to progress next season, we must get two very good signings and four or five squad signings if progress is to be made. Re-signing Barry, Lukaku and Deulofeu, would not in my view mean strengthening, after all we already have them, and if any or all do not re-sign, we will have to sign one to replace one, just to replace them and maintain the present squad.
Since Christmas, there have been more than 20 players who have been linked to us, well a lot more actually... Quiet a few of those are young players who are reaching the end of their contracts this summer, and could well merit serious consideration; however, because of our lack of income, in the medium term we have to produce our own players. The present crop of youngsters must be assessed for promotion to the first team squad – if they are good enough, they are old enough. Having watched the Under 21s and followed the players on loan, I do think that at least four could be promoted to the first team pool of players.
34 Posted 28/04/2014 at 15:55:39
One name I havent seen mentioned here is Bolasie. Never want to see that guy again unless hes in a blue uniform, and somebody on another thread mentioned that he is near the end of his contract.
35 Posted 28/04/2014 at 15:52:53
36 Posted 28/04/2014 at 16:14:56
I actually quite liked him as a player when he was across the park but he has improved even mire st Swansea with regular game time.
He is energetic and can strike a mean shot.
The only trouble is, he is nit really the technician type that I think we need at present.
Shelvey is similar in the way Barkley and McCarthy play.
A driving running man instead of a real clever intellectual passer of the ball.
That doesnt mean I dont rate him as a player, I do.
I just think we need someone to start bringing a bit of wizardry and imagination to the central areas of the pitch for us, something that has let us down in games like Saturdays and various others.
37 Posted 28/04/2014 at 16:21:11
38 Posted 28/04/2014 at 17:13:29
Traore, Gerard will come back in on loan. Who knows about Barry I would imagine he will stay but if not he needs replacing.
Lukaku will be gone and there is no way we should waste £20M on him. Recent performances have been shocking.
39 Posted 28/04/2014 at 17:21:51
40 Posted 28/04/2014 at 17:55:23
41 Posted 28/04/2014 at 19:08:57
Also havent seen it mentioned on here but lots of rumors about us picking up Cleverley on twitter, might be a good fit, RM had him at Wigan and seems to rate him, its going to be an interesting summer for sure.
42 Posted 28/04/2014 at 19:45:13
The problem is that Naismith is playing in Barkleys role and he looks a bit out of sorts where hes being asked to play. But the system is meant to be fluid so it just might take him a bit of time to get accustomed to it.
44 Posted 28/04/2014 at 19:46:59
Im still hoping Duffy will get a chance at central defence so that could solve that position.
45 Posted 28/04/2014 at 19:24:30
I feel that it is no-brainer to try and get some of the loan players on another years loan.
Gareth Barry, for me, is a certain to get on a permanent deal. Even though he is ageing and of late has not been at his best, over the majority of the season (as Roberto would probably state) he really has been phenomenal and a vital addition to the squad. Considering that he will be on a free at the end of the season we would be very silly to turn that kind of a bargain down.
I also feel that it would be a good idea to try and retain the services of Gerard Deulofeu. Of late he has not been in particularly good form whatsoever and, due to this, has received a lot of stick from the fans - particularly seen on this site (and for good reason also). Although, what a talent he is! He has amazing pace and fantastic ability to take on, as well as beat, players and is certainly one for the future. He, this season, has offered something completely different to any other player and has performed to an exceptional standard in certain games, for example against Stoke and on several other games (even providing the leveler vs Arsenal just before Christmas) and so I do feel that if we can get him on loan (once again) he would be a very good addition to the squad.
Away from the loan signings (of this season) however and I feel that we will need 1-2 strikers of high quality. Loic Remy, for me, stands out as the perfect candidate. He is strong, fast, great in the air and can finish almost any chance provided in or even outside the box. We have seen just how badly Newcastle have struggled with his injury and he has seemed almost impossible to replace (probably due to Newcastle having a VERY poor standard of strikers - apart from Remy that is) causing them to completely fail, literally, losing 5 in 5. If we could wrap him up for around £10m, I tell you now, it would be such a fantastic signing (and a much wiser decision than attempting to fork out unnecessary funds on the inactive Lukaku).
Along with Remy, the other alternative striker of whom I would be looking to purchase would be Alfreo Finnbogasen. He, as it stands, is currently the 3rd top scorer in the whole of Europes top leagues. Yes, he does play in the Dutch league, however, 28 goals in 30 games along with 9 assists is a truly outstanding record in any league and gamble on him at around £5-6m would be a very good deal - I am sure of this!
With altogether around £15-16m already spent on my opinion of players of whom I feel we should try to secure next season I think we should also look towards James Milner. Often a player that has been disregarded as a dirty or bully of a player but he for me has been completely mis-read. Yes, a very tough player but doesnt he consistently put in a shift? Often hidden away at Manchester City, he is the definition of a utility man and can play anywhere across midfield. He always puts in 110% and is a very good player. If Martinez looked towards him it would be the right decision and with, potentially Barrys persuasion available (should he sign again) there would be a good chance he would sign. The only problem with him is at what price? (plus his high wages). However: he would be a great signing.
This is pretty much how I would like to see the next window turn out for us and in the window after (January): just a potential defender to fill in for the ageing Distin and maybe a loan or free to give the team a boost.
Somewhat optimistic I know, with a lot to happen till then, but if Everton could have a transfer window as good as the one above (if the board do stick to the announced so called budget of £20m or slightly more)... success in the league and whichever European competition we end up playing in could definitely be on the cards!! I know it all seems a bit too easy but as long as we stay away from the signings of Lukaku and Cleverly - of whom is continuously linked :/ !! I think it could... HONESTLY!
46 Posted 28/04/2014 at 17:11:38
I wonder if Roberto will promote Ledson into the first team (he didnt look out of place last pre-season), and maybe get one replacement for Osman.
If we need 6 bodies in, I can see a couple coming from our academy or perhaps some frees. Barry, good though hes been this season, is only going to get older and slower.
As a club, we need to adopt the Southampton model of investing in our youth players and giving them as much opportunity in the first team as possible.
48 Posted 29/04/2014 at 02:45:08
Because of TW, I have had my opinions changed quite a few times. One things for sure: my opinion, like everyone elses, will have no bearing on what happens. We are called spectators for a reason.
Its been a good season, Ive enjoyed the wins got frustrated with the draws and the losses. After 50 years of being a blue no matter what, I still hope and believe that it will come good at some point. Fingers crossed I live to see that day.
Happy summer holidays to all, winter is closing in in The Land Down Under. Looking forward to reading the many posts on TW.
49 Posted 29/04/2014 at 03:31:52
50 Posted 29/04/2014 at 04:41:13
What Kenwright is reading: Barry on free. Deulofeu and Traoré on loans. Kone and Gibson back like new signings. Okay, weve got room 2 more.
51 Posted 29/04/2014 at 07:59:30
Im not holding my breath, but I do hope there could be a slight breeze of change happening.
52 Posted 29/04/2014 at 08:55:29
Im a fan of Barkley but thats clearly not true in the slightest. I believe Barkley has about zero assists in the Premier League this season, maybe its one or two max. His passing is not his strongest facet by any means and pales in comparison to the likes of Silva, Ozil, Cazorla, Oscar, Suarez and many more. In fact Id say it’s the part of his game he needs to work on the most.
53 Posted 29/04/2014 at 09:12:40
I do take your point though that the Board may unfortunately take this as a sign of not needing to give the manager every last penny that they can.
I am interested to hear what players people think may be on their way out. I think Pienaar may go if the right offer for both player and club came in. Hibbert may also leave as he is not guaranteed a lot of game time next season. As a mark of respect, I would give him the option of leaving on whatever terms suit him if the chance of regular game time at this stage of his career came in. Then again, he may like to stay at the club and move across to a coaching role if given the chance. I dont see Baines going as I do think that his chance has gone to move to a better club or for more wages.
54 Posted 29/04/2014 at 09:40:00
55 Posted 29/04/2014 at 09:41:11
1. Man Utd under Giggs. "One swallow doesnt make a spring?"
2. Player retention and signings: Hopefully, Roberto will think "outside the box" (not the penalty box).
3. I dont think Shelvey would fit in to the School of Science
4. I dont think Bony would fit in to the School of Science
5. Remy might do but Im not so sure about him either.
6. Colback would fit in because of work rate but I prefer Oviedo for the def. mid. He can also cover for left back if Baines was to be injured. (Hopefully the breakages dont ruin Oviedos game)
7. We will need a tough, fast striker. Im out of touch with this outside the PL. Perhaps a one year interim might be Lambert. Clearly not the class of Lukaku but wont be knocked off the ball so easily. I doubt well keep Lukaku.
8. Barry - personally, although he is ageing, I hope we have him for next season at least.
56 Posted 29/04/2014 at 11:08:35
As long as you are a fan of Ross, that is okay by me. However I still stand by what I said. There are people who seem to want Shelvey to replace him and, for a number of reasons, that is unbelievable.
57 Posted 29/04/2014 at 11:22:43
58 Posted 29/04/2014 at 12:34:25
But then this is EVERTON — and predictable we are not.
60 Posted 29/04/2014 at 13:01:44
As for players coming in, we will be lucky to sign two quality players and five loans. Can someone please tell me who these quality players are, just salivating at the mouth to play for us in the Europa League? Remind me again who we attracted when we got to the CL qualifiers?
As for our loan players I wouldnt be bothered if none of them sign on again. With the exception of Arsenal and Man Utd, they have been woeful since the start of the year.
61 Posted 29/04/2014 at 15:13:01
62 Posted 29/04/2014 at 15:58:02
63 Posted 29/04/2014 at 17:01:54
However, I do not think anyone, except Roberto, knows who are his main targets. He took us all by surprise on the last day of the transfer window, he sweated £28.5 million from Man Utd, spent half of it, banked the rest, bought (in my view) a better player, and sneaked two players who I never dreamed he would get on loan for the season.
I am confident in his ability to find players that will improve the team, and I am already looking forward to next season, with more optimism in a long time.
64 Posted 29/04/2014 at 19:16:50
65 Posted 29/04/2014 at 21:05:10
66 Posted 29/04/2014 at 21:29:24
67 Posted 29/04/2014 at 21:46:42
68 Posted 29/04/2014 at 21:59:49
69 Posted 29/04/2014 at 21:58:39
He may need to leave his boyhood club for a chance of first team football.
70 Posted 29/04/2014 at 22:06:12
Distin: "Ah can smaaaal eef ah waant, or eez eet aggenz ze low?"
The first time was someones story about a fat rs fan coming up to him in a bar, the girl later being described as a "salad dodger".
71 Posted 29/04/2014 at 22:16:22
72 Posted 29/04/2014 at 22:21:52
73 Posted 29/04/2014 at 22:19:27
BTW, Colin, did you see this lad play in Europeqan Under-21s Championship? He was fantastic and I think he finished as the competitions top goalscorer.
74 Posted 30/04/2014 at 12:31:27
75 Posted 01/05/2014 at 14:41:44
Keepers: (Howard, Roubles +1) I think we need a better backup than Joel, someone to push Howard hard. Hows about David Marshall from Cardiff or Jack Butland. Cardiff are going down, but this is in no way down to the excellent Scot! Butland has little chance of breaking into the Stoke team unless Begovic leaves.
Right-backs: (Coleman, Hibbert +1) Hibbert is coming towards the end of his career and if Coleman were to be out for any length of time (god forbid) we need a more attacking backup option. Stones can fill in but is looking more and more a centre-back starter. A relatively cheap, but bright young option is required.
Left-backs: (Baines, Oviedo and Garbutt) We are more than adequately covered in this position!
Centre-backs: (Jagielka, Distin, Stones, Alcaraz +1) We need to start planning for the future and for injury crisies like the one we are currently suffering. I'm not an expert on him but Bruno Martins Indi sounds like a potential long term partner for Stones (on the pitch that is!!!).
Central/defensive midfield: (McCarthy, Gibson, Osman +2) Along with a striker this is the area we most need to strengthen. We either need Barry or a holding midfielder to replace him in addition to a more creative playmaker type. Diame looks like a cheap solution for the holding role, possibly in addition to Barry on a permanent deal. The creative one will be harder to find. I'm gutted we missed out on Keisuke Honda! How about Leroy Fer from the doomed Norwich?
Attacking midfield: (Mirallas, Barkley, Pienaar, McGeady +2) I think there is a strong possibility we will get Deulofeu on loan for another season. I would love to see us bring in Lewis Holtby who can play in several positions and has real quality. Ben Arfa and McManaman have also been suggested.
Strikers: (Naismith, Kone +2) This is the position that will prove most critical. It sounds like Traore will be with us again, and hopefully be fit. Options for the main role include Bony, Lukaku, Hernandez, Vossen, Finnbogason or Batshuayi to name a few. I don't believe we can afford Lukaku so Bony or Hernandez would be my preferred choices as they have proven they can make it in the Premier League. Vossen, Finnbogason and Batshuayi all look great and would be cheaper but would be more of a gamble.
76 Posted 01/05/2014 at 15:32:21
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