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Martinez Assessing His Options

Boss not ruling out making further additions to his squad.

Martinez Assessing His Options
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Roberto Martinez has not ruled out further summer arrivals at Everton but is vowing to take his time while he continues to assess the areas of his squad that need strengthening.

The new Blues boss bolstered his options last week with the signings of goalkeeper Joel Robles, defender Antolin Alcaraz and striker Arouna Kone, while forward Gerard Deulofeu arrived on a season-long loan from Barcelona.

Ivory Coast international Kone could be in line to make his first appearance when Everton travel to Accrington Stanley for a friendly on Wednesday but is one of four players who only reported back for pre-season training on Monday.

Deulofeu, Tim Howard, Ross Barkley, John Stones and Luke Garbutt all remain absent – and Martinez says he will use tonight's game, next weekend's trip to Blackburn Rovers and the Club’s three-match tour of the United States to evaluate his options.

“I think it is important to bring in players early,” the Spaniard told evertontv. “I do feel the squad has always been strong and we have got great experience, but we needed to have certain additions to have different options.

“The biggest aspect of our squad is the experience and the continuity that we have in this group and that has been very impressive to see how they adapted to the new work.

“But you can never stop searching, you can never stop looking to help the players that we’ve got at the football club.

“I can imagine the next four weeks are going to very much be about assessing the competition that we’ve got in the squad, assessing the youngsters and how quickly they can help and how quickly they can be prepared to have a role in the first team. Then we’ll always keep an eye to try to be as strong as we can be at the start of the season.”

steven owenUse the extra bumper Sky Money....sign Rooney...job done.

Thursday 18th July 10:54 Report Comment

Sam LawRight idea, just need to put it to practice. Moyes done us proud, now it's up to roberto to put the icing on!! COYB!!!!

Wednesday 17th July 21:43 Report Comment

john robinsonRoberto just get us a strong box to box central midfielder and I believe we will be on our way. John R

Wednesday 17th July 18:47 Report Comment

Gary NelsonI like this bit, “I think it is important to bring in players early,” unlike moyes...

Wednesday 17th July 18:41 Report Comment
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