Martinez eyes 'fresh blood' to back European campaign

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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.

ďI 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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Steven Telford
1 Posted 28/04/2014 at 06:06:26
There is reason for great optimism for next season, but Martinez will have significantly heavier expectations to carry.
Matt Traynor
2 Posted 28/04/2014 at 06:26:05
6-7 new players with a net transfer pot of, rumoured, £20m. Loans are pricey these days (although it seems the Deulofeu loan is on an incentivised reduced fee for appearances). So probably a couple of freebies (will Colback incur a development fee?), a couple of loans and a £5-6m "star" signing. In Bill We Rust!

This league that is "competitive at the top" is only so because it has been shite at the bottom. Thereís 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 (whoís transfer wasnít at all linked to Fellainiís 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 weíve had, yet again, overall net negative spend. But weíre consistently told it would be "kopite" behaviour to question this, whilst the teamís doing okay. Keep fiddling Neroís.

Sam Hoare
3 Posted 28/04/2014 at 07:21:09
For the first time in a while, I imagine/hope there will not be many significant íoutsí. Martinez should have around £20-25m to spend but if he wants 6 or 7 players he must do so carefully and I imagine that rules out breaking the transfer record for any one individual (sorry Lukaku).

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...

Steve Cotton
4 Posted 28/04/2014 at 07:28:10
I bet BK spat his cornflakes all over the kitchen floor when he read that statement from Roberto.

He was thinking more along the lines of 4 out and 3 back in at a net saving of £10 million.

Paul Holden
5 Posted 28/04/2014 at 07:27:05
A honeymoon season for El Bob. Iíve enjoyed it, apart from the defeats v the shite and on Saturday (a miserable train back from St Maryís Ė couldnít even be arsed to have a post-match pint). Next season we will know what heís made of. Anyone know where the Blues are going pre-season yet?
Dick Brady
6 Posted 28/04/2014 at 07:30:34
Iím not so sure European football is quite as likely as we think.

Iíve 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 wonít 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.

Brin Williams
7 Posted 28/04/2014 at 08:14:53
í"Weíve got incredible senior players: Tim Howard, James McCarthy, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Leon Osman, James McCarthy. Those players hold the dressing room together í

Funny, no mention of Barry there!

Colin Glassar
8 Posted 28/04/2014 at 08:26:34
Expect a few freebies (Colbeck, Ince etc...) and quite a few Latin players to bolster the ranks.
Paul Kernot
9 Posted 28/04/2014 at 08:51:38
Paul Holden #5

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 weíre just waiting for a date.

Malcolm Joyner
10 Posted 28/04/2014 at 09:16:52
Roberto is stating the bloody obvious with this announcement. If we lose our loanees, heíll want at least three to replace them and it goes without saying that we need a proper reserve goalie and additions in defence, midfield and up front.

Whether heíll get the resources to make those additions of the required standard is another matter altogether.

Shane Corcoran
11 Posted 28/04/2014 at 09:32:01
Barry is replaced in his list with two James McCarthys.

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?

Jim Bennings
12 Posted 28/04/2014 at 09:37:14
Most likely out...

Lukaku
Perhaps one of Deulofeu or Barry
Vellios
Gueye

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 donít 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 didnít have either a 20-goal-a-season striker nor a couple of midfielders who could score 10 goals; thatís 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?

Dick Fearon
13 Posted 28/04/2014 at 09:38:30
Right now, all thoughts of European nights are pie in the sky and, if Roberto continues to throw caution to the winds, that is what they will be.

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. Robertoís previous club was the best ever footballing side ever to be relegated. I do not want us to be another best ever footballing failure.

Jim Bennings
14 Posted 28/04/2014 at 10:06:45
Explaining the reasons for my shortlist of players we should try and sign.

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 Bonyís 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 donít 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.

Ian Glassey
15 Posted 28/04/2014 at 10:33:25
Jim. I can think of two in that mould but they would cost a lot of money, they would also chip in with about ten goals each. I give you Roberto Firmino and Dusan Tadic two very good players...
Michael Brooks
16 Posted 28/04/2014 at 10:42:39
Arenít we all forgetting the one stumping block in Everton bring in new players.... KENWRIGHT!!!!!!!!!
Nicholas Page
17 Posted 28/04/2014 at 10:37:22
Jim, we need an experienced captain-type in the middle of the park who has the arrogance to dictate the tempo, IMO. We were bereft of any leadership on Saturday, and whilst the likes of Barry and McCarthy run around a lot we need a bit more guile than just getting "stuck-in". But it will cost.
Dave Lynch
18 Posted 28/04/2014 at 10:46:30
Preseason friendlies will depend on European qualification.

If we qualify for European footy then the friendlies will be cut short Ė and donít forget, we have a World Cup to get out of the way.

Eric Myles
19 Posted 28/04/2014 at 10:50:06
Shane #13, if Arsenal win the FA Cup and finish in the top 5 then Hull will take Arsenalís place in Europa.
Jim Bennings
20 Posted 28/04/2014 at 11:01:27
Ian

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.

Nicholas..

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 íwhoís the daddy í role.

I believe that type of personality is a hard trait to find Ė especially when it had to be equally levelled with playing ability.

Andrew Hawes
21 Posted 28/04/2014 at 11:05:24
I agree with Nicholas #19; I have always thought we lacked a talisman in the Toure or Gerrard mold. We have a squad of excellent professionals but games like Saturday, Anfield etc show there are times when players go missing.

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!

Paul Holmes
22 Posted 28/04/2014 at 11:16:37
If Man City win the league (they have also won the League Cup), the Europa League places go down to 6th place. We need a point to guarantee Europa League, providing Spurs and Man Utd win their remaining games. One more win GUARANTEES 5th place and Europa League next season, so letís beat Man City and not mess it up as usual against Hull and finish 7th, FFS!
Shane Corcoran
23 Posted 28/04/2014 at 11:25:09
Thanks Eric. Had myself mixed up. So it wonít matter in the slightest to us what happens in the cup final.
Jim Bennings
24 Posted 28/04/2014 at 11:10:19
I have left McGeady out of the equation when making the slight criticism of our lack of goals in midfield simply because he has only been here since January and hasnít really figured prominently.

What I have seen so far has been a fairly competent winger who can cross a ball ok but again he possibly doesnít 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.

Sam Hoare
25 Posted 28/04/2014 at 11:42:45
Jim, I said on another thread that I thought if we brought in Firmino (£10m), Remy (£10m), Colback (free) with Traore and Deulofeu on loan again that would represent a very solid summerís work. If we could stretch to add Bruno Indi Martins for £7m then that would be an excellent Summer.

Also presuming (perhaps naÔvely) 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....

Henrik Lyngsie
27 Posted 28/04/2014 at 12:06:31
Sam (27) I like the idea to see Barkley as a central midfielder next to McCarthy in the long run. I like Barry-McCarthy together, they have been doing really well. I just think we need a combination where one of the two is a little bit creative, and I think Barkley in one or two years could be very good here.

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.

Brin Williams
28 Posted 28/04/2014 at 13:51:44
Shane C 13 Yea, I saw that, thought we had signed two of them, not sure which of the McCarthy twins is the best thoí. Do we need two, perhaps we could get £13M for one and keep the other. What do you think?

But which one would you sell? Problems!

John Shepherd
30 Posted 28/04/2014 at 13:39:29
Eric, Man City winning the Mickey Mouse Cup means that 6th place is guaranteed for the Europa League.
Kevin Rowlands
31 Posted 28/04/2014 at 15:04:23
For me, out, Lukaku and some of the deadwood (Vellios, Gueye etc). In: Bony, Shelvey, Colback and two or three foreign loans. I also think Barry will sign on for sure and have got a feeling we may be seeing Baines playing in midfield next season with Oviedo given the starting LB position with Garbutt backing him up. All sounds good to me anyway.
Mike Childs
32 Posted 28/04/2014 at 15:02:46
Unfortunately, I think the last few weeksí performances by Bony are putting him beyond what BK will allow Roberto to spend.
Wayne Stamps
33 Posted 28/04/2014 at 14:27:27
We should not get too down; this has been a good season, whatever happens.

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.

Saturdayís 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 Ė 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.

Mike Gaynes
34 Posted 28/04/2014 at 15:55:39
Kevin, I thought I was the only one here crazy enough to rate Shelvey. Nice to know thereís one other loony tune on this board.

One name I havenít seen mentioned here is Bolasie. Never want to see that guy again unless heís in a blue uniform, and somebody on another thread mentioned that he is near the end of his contract.

Sue Brown
35 Posted 28/04/2014 at 15:52:53
Am I missing something here..."Weíve got incredible senior players, Howard, McCarthy (twice), Jags, Baines and Osman" no mention of Coleman or isnít he considered a senior member of the squad?
Jim Bennings
36 Posted 28/04/2014 at 16:14:56
Shelvey is a much improved player these days.
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 doesnít mean I donít 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 areaís of the pitch for us, something that has let us down in games like Saturdays and various others.

Sam Hoare
37 Posted 28/04/2014 at 16:21:11
Kevin, given that Bony and Shelvey cost about £12m and £6m respectively and both have had pretty good seasons would you not expect the pair to cost around £30m (especially as Swansea will not want to sell)? I like the idea but not sure we can afford them...
James Stewart
38 Posted 28/04/2014 at 17:13:29
£20M doesnít get you 7 seven players. RM will be hitting the loan market again.

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.

Tony Dove
39 Posted 28/04/2014 at 17:21:51
I canít understand the negative comments on Barkley. No-one else in the Premier League can pick a pass like he can. Martinez is not without fault and he is not getting the best out of the lad at present.
Steavey Buckley
40 Posted 28/04/2014 at 17:55:23
Skysports yesterday, reported Martinez saying he needs to replace all loan signings at the end of the season, so, he will be busy. An extra 6 players for an European competition would take the total the number of new signings to 11 or 12. And that is not going to happen, with squeezed finances. Until Everton discover better home grown younger players, there wonít be a bigger enough budget for more players due to European commitments
Kevin Rowlands
41 Posted 28/04/2014 at 19:08:57
Sam, your probably right about us not being able to afford but isnít RM supposed to have money to spend seeing we spent fuck all in January, Bony and Shelvey would improve us as a team tremendously, for me Shelvey has the potential to be a top player given the right team and coaching.

Also havenít 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, itís going to be an interesting summer for sure.

David Hallwood
42 Posted 28/04/2014 at 19:45:13
Tony Dove (#41)

The problem is that Naismith is playing in Barkleyís role and he looks a bit out of sorts where heís 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.

Richard Reeves
44 Posted 28/04/2014 at 19:46:59
Jim Bennings (#14), Bony and McManaman would be good signings but didnít Swansea sign him for £14 mill? I wouldíve thought they would want an extra £5 mill for him so I donít know if that is too much for us.

Iím still hoping Duffy will get a chance at central defence so that could solve that position.

Daniel Summerton
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 yearís 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 Europeís 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 ídirtyí or íbullyí of a player but he for me has been completely mis-read. Yes, a very tough player but doesnít 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 Barryís 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 í£20m or slightly moreí)... 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!

COYB!

Wayne Smyth
46 Posted 28/04/2014 at 17:11:38
Iím not normally one to make knee jerk reactions based off a small sample, but having watched Barry against Southampton - who was particularly poor and slow - I do wonder if there is actually very little left in the tank for him and whether we need more energy in there.

I wonder if Roberto will promote Ledson into the first team (he didnít 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 heís 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.

Mark Andersson
48 Posted 29/04/2014 at 02:45:08
Once again, Iíve read all the above posts with interest. No doubt come the end of the summer transfer window, some of you will be excited while others will be moaning about this or that.

Because of TW, I have had my opinions changed quite a few times. One thingís for sure: my opinion, like everyone elseís, will have no bearing on what happens. We are called spectators for a reason.

Itís been a good season, Iíve 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 holidayís to all, winter is closing in in The Land Down Under. Looking forward to reading the many posts on TW.

Stephen Karnes
49 Posted 29/04/2014 at 03:31:52
Do we raid any of the relegation teams? If so, who? I might be insane, and there appears to be no empirical evidence to support this, but I think thereís a good striker in Van Wolfswinkel. Steven Caulker? David Marshall?
Jason Heng
50 Posted 29/04/2014 at 04:41:13
What we are reading: 6 to 7 new players...

What Kenwright is reading: Barry on free. Deulofeu and Traorť on loans. Kone and Gibson back like new signings. Okay, weíve got room 2 more.

Christopher Kelly
51 Posted 29/04/2014 at 07:59:30
Iím excited that with all of these good feelings surrounding the club, much more than years before, yet again weíll have a chance to see if Bill Kenwright actually supports this team. I understand he doesnít necessarily have the power to go financially buck wild, but if anyone could get these old guys to part with some of their money, itís Bobby....

Iím not holding my breath, but I do hope there could be a slight breeze of change happening.

Sam Hoare
52 Posted 29/04/2014 at 08:55:29
Tony Dove, "Can’t understand the negative comments on Barkley. No one else in the Premier League can pick a pass like he can."

Iím a fan of Barkley but thatís 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 Iíd say it’s the part of his game he needs to work on the most.

Kieran Fitzgerald
53 Posted 29/04/2014 at 09:12:40
Jason @54, Kone and Gibson will be like two new signings. I think people genuinely forget that. They will both give us extra options in their respective positions that we did not have this season. This will mean being able to rest McCarthy and Barry, if we keep him, which I hope we do. It also means McCarthy being given more freedom to play in a more advanced role with Gibson taking his place as the defensive midfielder.

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 donít see Baines going as I do think that his chance has gone to move to a íbetterí club or for more wages.

John Haldane
54 Posted 29/04/2014 at 09:40:00
I donít believe for a second that the prospect of Europa League football will attract a better standard of player; and it certainly doesnít make money for the club. If he gets six or seven players for £20m for the sake of the Europa League, then we arenít going to get the first class striker that makes the difference between top four and also rans.
Bob Parrington
55 Posted 29/04/2014 at 09:41:11
Some thoughts on a few of the postings so far:
1. Man Utd under Giggs. "One swallow doesnít make a spring?"
2. Player retention and signings: Hopefully, Roberto will think "outside the box" (not the penalty box).
3. I donít think Shelvey would fit in to the School of Science
4. I donít think Bony would fit in to the School of Science
5. Remy might do but Iím 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 donít ruin Oviedoís game)
7. We will need a tough, fast striker. Iím out of touch with this outside the PL. Perhaps a one year interim might be Lambert. Clearly not the class of Lukaku but wonít be knocked off the ball so easily. I doubt weíll keep Lukaku.
8. Barry - personally, although he is ageing, I hope we have him for next season at least.

Tony Dove
56 Posted 29/04/2014 at 11:08:35
Sam@54

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.

John Brennan
57 Posted 29/04/2014 at 11:22:43
Hope Bobby signs Chelseaís doctor...
Peter Cummings
58 Posted 29/04/2014 at 12:34:25
I have to agree with most of the posters comments but surely RM must realise we have to qualify for Europe competition first, and right now that is far from certain, given that we have to get the points from our last two games to do so. Both Man City and Hull City will be very tough jobs with both Spurs and possibly Man Utd on our backs, so we have to hope for the best and fear the worst...

But then this is EVERTON ó and ípredictableí we are not.

Gareth Fieldstead
60 Posted 29/04/2014 at 13:01:44
Do we want EL football? Roberto will get the bare minimum off our shyster of a chairman and we will be stuck with football on a Thursday and Sunday with a squad lacking in quality and quantity. We will end up with a season like Newcastle and more recently Swansea.

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 wouldnít 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.

Kevin Rowlands
61 Posted 29/04/2014 at 15:13:01
Tony #60, donít make things up mate, there isnít one single post saying that they want to replace Barkley with Shelvey, just posts that some of us rate Shelvey as a very good player and would like to see him ADDED to the squad. I think most on here would agree that Barkley needs to become more consistent and smarter in some of his decision making.
Colin Glassar
62 Posted 29/04/2014 at 15:58:02
I could name ten prem players Iíd rather have before I would even consider Shelvey.
Wayne Stamps
63 Posted 29/04/2014 at 17:01:54
While, speculating who will sign, who we could sign and who we individually would like to sign, is great fun.

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.

Dennis Stevens
64 Posted 29/04/2014 at 19:16:50
Eugene, Iím never too sure whether youíre wasted on here, or on here - and wasted!
Matthew Williams
65 Posted 29/04/2014 at 21:05:10
All good shouts on here. Colback for sure, what about Stokes from Celtic with McCormack from Leeds along with Vossen... of course leading the line. Weíre going to need 4 strikers to compete next season.
Sam Hoare
66 Posted 29/04/2014 at 21:29:24
Very good Eugene!!
Colin Glassar
67 Posted 29/04/2014 at 21:46:42
Nothing to do with this but how bad are football pundits and so-called football journos? They all expected the RS to batter Chelsea and for Bayern Munich to do the same to Madrid. How wrong weíre they? Donít they realise itís a game of eleven against eleven and everyoneís got a chance? They never learn do they?
Michael Kenrick
68 Posted 29/04/2014 at 21:59:49
Theyíre not the only ones, Colin. People on here are always making daft predictions. Iíd rather we were more stoic about it, like Ken Buckley, and enjoy the football for real, rather than all this ridiculous second-guessing.
Mark Frere
69 Posted 29/04/2014 at 21:58:39
Watching Real Madrid tonight, it did remind me of a young star in the making they have on their books called í√Ālvaro Morataí.....this lad would be an excellent signing.

He may need to leave his boyhood club for a chance of first team football.

Mike Hughes
70 Posted 29/04/2014 at 22:06:12
Thatís the second time Iíve laughed out loud viewing TW these past couple of days.

Distin: "Ah can smaaaal eef ah waant, or eez eet aggenz ze low?"

The first time was someoneís story about a fat rs fan coming up to him in a bar, the girl later being described as a "salad dodger".

Brilliant.

Colin Glassar
71 Posted 29/04/2014 at 22:16:22
Morata is highly thought of in Madrid, Mark. Heíll be partnering Suarez next season as Benzema will be going to Arsenal in the summer.
Robert Workman
72 Posted 29/04/2014 at 22:21:52
Totally impressed by Real tonight, especially 3rd goal. I am a Bayern fan (despite their kit) but they have eased up since winning the Bundesliga. Yes, there is such a thing as winning a league too easily.
Mark Frere
73 Posted 29/04/2014 at 22:19:27
He may be highly thought of Colin but he hasnít been given much of a chance at Real Madrid. Iíve heard many reports about his discontent at being overlooked.

BTW, Colin, did you see this lad play in Europeqan Under-21s Championship? He was fantastic and I think he finished as the competitionís top goalscorer.

Mike Childs
74 Posted 30/04/2014 at 12:31:27
Good reads... any thoughts about taking a flyer on Darren Bent? Are there any serious drawbacks other than a lack of confidence or high wages?
Drew Shortis
75 Posted 01/05/2014 at 14:41:44
This is my current assessment of where Martinez needs to strengthen and some suggestions for the 7-8 players I feel we need to bring in.

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.

Mark Tanton
76 Posted 01/05/2014 at 15:32:21
How old is Darren Bent now? I think he went to school with Mr Burns.

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