Everton had missed the Champions League qualification just by a whisker last season.
This season when they started, their main agenda was to make sure that this time they make their way to Europe, but, the spirit of the last season has seemed to be absent so far in their performances.
Not from any angle are they looking the team which had given the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham a good run for their money just months ago.
Everton was one of the standout clubs of the Premier League in the previous season as the team of Roberto Martinez secured the 5th spot of the top tier English League, finishing with more points than top squads such as: Tottenham Hotspurs and Manchester United.
It was a remarkable season for Roberto Martinez and his squad of players. The previous season also witnessed Martinez making a record breaking run when Everton was able to win 7 consecutive league matches; it was a feat that the English club had not been able to accomplish since 1987.
Everton secured three points for only the second consecutive time this season after a 3-1 win over Burnley on Saturday. The win was hugely helped by the two goals from Samuel Eto’o, who also came extremely close to getting hat-trick after hitting the post. The former Chelsea man has not been a regular goalscorer, but his contribution has been immense according to Roberto Martinez. The
Everton manager claims that the 33-year-old is a gift from God because he has not only been able to contribute on the pitch, but also off it as well.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez had immense success with loan deals last season after players like Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku, who had been at the club on a temporary basis, impressed and helped the club qualify for the Europa League this season. He has been hoping to take advantage of the loan system once again. Players like Christian Atsu have come to Goodison Park this summer. The 22-year-old Ghanaian winger belongs to Chelsea and this deal is very much similar to the loan deal for Lukaku last summer.
A lot of question marks were raised about striker Romelu Lukaku after he decided to leave a top club like Chelsea for a move to Everton, who are often involved in the fight to qualify for the Europa League. Chelsea manager José Mourinho appeared to hint that the striker was not ready to fight for his place at a big club like Chelsea with many top players. He said that Lukaku moved to Everton largely because he would be a big fish in a small pond. The striker cost an incredible £ 28 million and has started in every Premier League match so far.
Roberto Martinez believes that Ross Barkley is very different from the other young players around. According to the Everton boss, the 20-year old defender is not someone who will let himself carried away by the fame and money.
Barkley has recently been given a contract extension by Everton and he has got a big hike in his weekly salary too. He is believed to be getting 50 thousand Pounds per week from this season onwards.
The manager of Everton FC, Roberto Martinez, reckons that Gareth Barry is exactly the kind of playmaker he needs to sign, but, he doesn’t want to rush into anything to get that deal done. He is prepared to wait patiently.
Barry was originally a player of Manchester City in the last season, but, he had played for Everton on loan and he had performed pretty well there.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has stated that the some of the process of the upcoming summer transfer recruiting is almost over. He says that the club have finally agreed on the players that they would be looking to sign in the transfer window, which opens on July 1. Everton are likely to be spending around £ 20 million in the summer, which is peanuts compared to the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool have already spent. Martinez will be aware that the club has limited budget, but he is looking at various alternatives in order to strengthen the squad.
Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has been a major reason behind Everton qualifying for the Champions League. The striker has been on loan at Everton from the start of the season. As he has done with West Brom last campaign, Lukaku has scored a number of goals in the league. His strikes against the likes of Manchester city and Arsenal have proven to be very important indeed. Manager Roberto Martinez has expressed on several occasions that he would like to keep the Belgian striker on a permanent basis.
Everton took a massive step towards qualifying for the Champions League next season after they finished as 3-0 winners over Arsenal in the latest Premier league match between the two teams.
Everton had their destiny in their own hands due to matches against the likes of Arsenal at home. Their four points behind the gunners prior to this match, but have now closed the gap to just one point.
Further, they have a game in hand, which could potentially see them move into the top four ahead of Arsenal.