Three things Martinez has got right at Everton

The defeat of Newcastle United on Wednesday night was Roberto Martinez’ 100th Premier League game in charge of Everton. The win was his 40th and the three goals scored took the total goals scored to 152, just over 1.5 goals per game. But despite the overall stats placing him as the third most successful Everton manager in terms of win percentage, many Toffees continue to believe the manager should be dismissed.



In the first part of this two part special we have looked at Roberto Martinez’ strengths. In the second part to published tomorrow we highlight the three areas where Martinez has underperformed.

One: Transfers

The majority of Roberto Martinez’ signings have been excellent. In his first season, with little funds he used the loan market excellently, bringing in Gareth Barry, Gerard Deulofeu and Romelu Lukaku on season long deals before all eventually signed long term Everton contracts. James McCarthy has excelled, although his form has dipped at times this season. Mo Besic arrived for a bargain fee and is already proving that he will have an excellent Everton career. This year we have seen the arrival of Romiro Funes Mori and the Argentine looks to be well suited to the Premier League and Tom Cleverley who has put aside supporters early concerns to become an important member of the first team squad.

Of course there have been those that haven’t worked as well. Aiden McGeedy looks set to depart in the January window, initially on loan but a permanent summer move away from Goodison is almost certain. Arouna Kone divides opinion, but he is nothing more than an option from the substitutes bench.

Two: Developing young players

There are many excellent young players in the Everton squad, John Stones, Ross Barkley, Gerard Deulofeu and Romelu Lukaku the most high profile. You can add to that list the likes of Brendan Galloway and Tyias Browning who have experienced first team football this season. Roberto Martinez has certainly given young players an opportunity and has developed each of the four mentioned at the top of the list with each players transfer value upwards of £40m.

Three: Style of play

Martinez has transformed Everton’s style of play, bringing back stylish attacking football not seen at Goodison Park since Howard Kendall’s great side from the 1980s.

At times this season Everton’s football has been sensational. The team is full of goals and Romelu Lukaku is almost certain to become first Everton player to score 20 league goals on a season since the formation of the Premier League. The flair players, in particular Ross Barkley and Gerard Deulofeu are a joy to watch, both excellent on the ball and capable of creating a goal from very little.

However and it is a big however, Everton have a failed to find a balance between attack and defence and the brilliant football has failed to deliver results.


10 thoughts on “Three things Martinez has got right at Everton

  1. Full of goals is a myth, average 1.5 goals a game because we score 3 against the likes of Newcastle, 4 against villa and 6 against Sunderland, but look how many we score against teams above us in the table…not many. Also Cleverly is woeful and Barry was good on loan but hasn’t been since, we get caught either too high or too deep because he over commits or over compensates for his total lack of pace.

    1. Really surprised you highlight Cleverley as awful. Always positive, always looking forward and work rate is excellent

      1. Seeing a different player to me, continually gives possession away and is off the pace, not good enough at all

      2. I’m not sure which you’ve been watching. Cleveley is an excellent footballer. I watch every game in full.

    2. How you can diss Cleverley is beyond me. His energy and vitality have been superb, and he has also looked to link play further up the pitch. He is a real asset. And as for Barry, I suspect you’re on a wind up mission. Apart from a poor spell when he came back from injury last season, he’s been a real bonus to this squad, and the players look up to him hugely. A spine that includes him and Jags is vital for a team like this in development.

  2. Compared to past managers, walker, Bingham, Lee, Harvey and second time round Howard there is no argument. I just hope Martinez is happy in the distasteful atmosphere caused by some supporters.

  3. Dave,
    Cleverley is a team player,he gives everything, every game he plays. Yes some of his passes go astray, but he makes so many ( always forward if possible) passes, some will be cut out. You seem to focus on his negitives, why? Our team is better with him in, so cut him some slack & lets stay up beat for the run in. The top 6-7 is still within our reach.

  4. Don’t understand the criticism of Cleverley at all!
    Also, I just wish fans would show more of an understanding that Martinez is in the middle of a building process. These things usually take time and patience. He’s building for the future as well as for the present and we WILL see the benefits soon; of that, I’m certain. COYB

    1. I agree. Only fear for me, is whether some of our better players (e.g. Ross, Rom, Geri, Stones) will wait for the team to develop. They are young and are so much a part of the current millennials’ “Do It Now” mentality.

  5. Seem to have stumbled across the cleverly fan club, just don’t see him as anywhere near good enough he may look capable against the newcastles of this world, but massively exposed against the quality of city and that’s where we should at least be aiming to go toe to toe, even if we do get beat, but to be as far off the pace as he was in both legs against them in the semi I feel makes my point. My barry point isn’t a windup, I’ve again never understood why he’s so highly rated, possibly not his fault now, down to Martinez’s stuborness but he suffered from 2 games a week last season, and this he gets caught out too often exposing the lads at the back who are shakey with a lack of confidence in who’s behind them. Fundamentally I think Martinez isn’t up to the job and it’s his changes that have created shortcomings that were not there before, and what he’s added, results prove this hasn’t taken us forward overall, in fact the opposite. There are some exciting foundations I agree, but he’s not the man to create the next step. I’ll probably get called less of a supporter and told why I’m wrong, but football discussion after all, is built on opinions. Mine for what it’s worth is we were given self respect and expectation of results back in the period 2002-2013, and we no long see results football and are becoming less and less feared again as in the decade prior, occasional scintillating display and good result, give me 7 1-0s in a row all day over losing 2 goal leads, draws and gutless defeats

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