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.
Everton went into last weekend’s FA Cup match with Arsenal looking to progress to the semifinals of the competition, but they are left humiliated after a 4-1 thrashing by the gunners.
Even though they had drawn the previous league meeting at the Emirates stadium 1-1, this match was over as a contest long before the final whistle. Olivier Giroud scored two goals, while Romelu Lukaku provided the only consolation for Everton. On the positive side, this defeat means that the club can return to focus on the league, where they have not been doing well in recent months.
Everton brought in Aiden McGeady from Spartak Moscow during the January transfer window, but the 27-year-old has only started featuring for the team. Roberto Martinez has revealed that the winger has suffered from a serious loss of fitness after being frozen out of the first-team reckoning at Russian club.
He says that McGeady will be one of the best players in the Premier league once his form and fitness returns. He expects the player to be ready for 90 minutes in the next few weeks, as he has been preparing with extremely hard in training.
The manager of Everton, Roberto Martinez, has said that his team might not get the services of Ross Barkley for the next one and half months.
The 20 years old central midfielder from England had injured himself while playing for the Toffees in the FA Cup match against Queens Park Rangers a few days back. He didn’t feature in Everton’s match against Norwich City last weekend and Martinez reckons that the player might have suffered a fracture.
English Premier League club Everton has escalated their interest in Diogo Viana, the Portuguese midfielder. In August, a leading sports website stated that Everton manager Roberto Martinez was closely monitoring the ace.
Since then Viana has continued his magnificent form for the high flying Gil Vicente in Portuguese Primeira Liga. Now, Everton must pay # 4.2 million to snatch him before Swansea City as they are also interested to get his service.