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More Loans Expected

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

Roberto Martinez says he is likely to utilise the loan market again this summer.

Last season the Spaniard engineered temporary deals for Gareth Barry, Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu - all of which were big successes.

And Lacina Traore managed a goal on his only start before an unfortunate injury blow.

Martinez told evertontv: “The loan market will be important again. I have always felt loans are a real need in our squad, and we welcome that.

“You look back at the last experience we had with loans was very, very significant in what they brought into the squad.”

Lukaku, Barry, Traore and Deulofeu all contributed this season

The Spaniard explained that, at Everton, loan players are treated exactly the same as those who are at the Club on a permanent basis.

It’s a scenario to which he attributes the success his loan signings have yielded.

“That is what we need to make sure,” he said. “Every time we bring a loan player in we treat him like our own, like one of us, and allow him to enjoy his football and create unique memories.

“It is fair to say we have done that with all of our players in bigger and lesser amounts. I am sure the time they had with Everton will be there for the rest of their careers and the rest of their lives.

“The loan market will always be important as a big part of our recruitment.”

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