It doesn’t really come as a surprise to hear that Roberto Martinez was sacked from his managerial position in Everton as this season has been a complete disaster for the Spanish coach as he has guided the Premier League club to 13 defeats, 14 draws and only 10 victories in this season.
Without a doubt, Romelu Lukaku is one of the best strikers in the Premier League. The Everton frontman scored 18 league goals last season, as well as netting a number of crucial strikes en route to the semi-finals of the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium.
He is key to Belgium’s hopes at Euro 2016 where the Red Devils will be banking on the goals that could take them all the way to the final
Roberto Martinez is not confident about other teams managing to replicate the success of Leicester City in the 2015-16 season because he thinks this is just an exception.
Former England defender Danny Mills says that Roberto Martinez will be able to remain in the job at Everton only if he wins the FA Cup this season.
The club have endured a disappointing league campaign in which they are to finish outside the top 10. This does not read well for the Spaniard, who has been allowed to spend substantial sums of money in recent transfer windows. Players like Romelu Lukaku have arrived for club record fees. They have certainly performed well as individuals, but the team has been let down on a collective front.
Ian Wright says that Romelu Lukaku is well within its limits to express his desire to play Champions League football.
The Everton striker recently spoke about playing in this European competition on a regular basis. This has been interpreted as a desire to leave Everton at the end of the campaign since the Merseyside outfit are far from qualifying for this competition. Even though the club received new investment in the form of a billionaire owner, it remains to be seen if this move will translate into investment on the player front.
The start of 2016 has not been a good one for Everton as they have consistently been dropping points in the Premier League.
In all fairness, they have faced a string of difficult opponents in January as they have locked horns with: Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and a Chelsea squad that is slowly reviving, Roberto Martinez and his players had to play these teams all in the opening month of this new year.
Roberto Martinez has in his squad some of the most promising young players in the entire Premier League with the likes of: John Stones, Ross Barkley and Brendan Galloway.
Everton’s winless run of matches continued but this time with a defeat against table leaders Leicester City.
Despite playing at home, the club suffered a 3-2 defeat to one of the most surprising teams in the league so far. Leicester were expected to be in a relegation battle at this stage, but they are crowned as the winter champions.
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman watched his team salvaged a point at Anfield in the latest league outing.
The 1-1 draw was a deserved result for the team, as they worked extremely hard throughout the 90 minutes to contain the Liverpool team that was trying to get in the first win under manager Jurgen Klopp. The German replaced Brendan Rodgers a fortnight ago, but he is yet to taste his first victory despite having played three matches in all competitions. All three games have finished as a draw and it was the case at Anfield.
Everton recently received an offer from Chelsea for defender John Stones, but they were also surprised to see that the offer had been made public partly due to the opposition manager Jose Mourinho.
It is understood that the bid is valued at around £ 20 million, which has been turned down immediately by Everton. Manager Roberto Martinez has criticised the way the Premier League champions have gone about their business. However, this appears to have been a calculated move from Mourinho and Chelsea, as Stones is keen on talking with Chelsea to learn about their offer.
Roberto Martinez has accepted for the first time that his players may have failed to cope with the immense pressure created after a fantastic first season at the club.
After taking over from David Moyes, Martinez was a breath of fresh at Goodison Park. Not only did he bring in beautiful and flowing football, but it also brought in excellent results that almost gave them Champions League football after more than a decade. It was not to be, but there was optimism ahead of last season due to signings like Romelu Lukaku for club record fees.