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Martinez pleased with Alcaraz

by | 18/07/2013  Comments (18)  jump
New player settling in well with the team
Roberto 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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James Stewart
857 Posted 18/07/2013 at 16:19:11
Played very well his distribution is first class.
Drew Shortis
872 Posted 18/07/2013 at 16:39:39
I must admit that I have not paid much attention to Alcaraz since he came to Britain, and a game vs Accrington is not the hardest test he will face, but I was very impressed with his passing ability. They all seemed to reach their intended target and they mostly seemed aimed at driving the team forward. I know he is good in the air. If he can defend as well as he can pass then we have got a real bargain!
Wayne Smyth
885 Posted 18/07/2013 at 17:52:56
I noticed is that where our existing defenders might take a touch to get the ball out of their feet and then pass, Alcaraz was happy to pass first touch.

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.

Brent Stephens
903 Posted 18/07/2013 at 19:40:02
Yes, it was only against Acc Stan but what I saw of him I liked. Calmness personified. Confident in holding the ball, moving forward with it and passing it forward (to one of our!).
Kev Johnson
906 Posted 18/07/2013 at 19:46:10
He was as cool as a...
Brent Stephens
909 Posted 18/07/2013 at 19:54:20
... as cool as an ellipsis???
Kev Johnson
911 Posted 18/07/2013 at 20:01:39
c _ _ _ _ _ _ _
Jamie Barlow
912 Posted 18/07/2013 at 20:03:59
Brent Stephens
914 Posted 18/07/2013 at 20:11:28
cool marrow?
Kev Johnson
915 Posted 18/07/2013 at 20:12:06
It's a good answer, Jamie, but it's not right.
Ross Edwards
918 Posted 18/07/2013 at 20:27:55

Is it Cucumber?

Kev Johnson
920 Posted 18/07/2013 at 20:34:09
It is indeed, Ross!

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!

Brent Stephens
926 Posted 18/07/2013 at 20:59:19
And here's me thinking it might be connyonny. Jeez, that Ross is so good.
Kevin Rowlands
928 Posted 18/07/2013 at 21:04:35
Seen him for Wigan during the latter part of last season and this lads a player, don't forget he missed most of last season with a bad injury, got a feeling he's going to be one of the signings of the season, or definitely one of the bargains of the season in the Prem.
Nicholas Ryan
930 Posted 18/07/2013 at 21:15:35
If Alcaraz is that cool, can we get some T-shirts printed, with his photo, underneath the words: 'The Iceman Cometh'!
Ross Edwards
938 Posted 18/07/2013 at 22:06:59
Thanks Kev, I'm flattered!
Gavin McGarvey
004 Posted 19/07/2013 at 09:48:17
I didn't catch the game unfortunately, but I think Alcaraz is a significant player for Martinez. A lot of people were putting Jagielka and Distin ahead of him automatically, but I have a feeling he's brought in Alcaraz to put his ideas into place on the defensive side of things.

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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