Everton FC: 5 Potential Roberto Martinez Signings for the Toffees
After a fairly length process, and an ever fluctuating list of favourites, Everton finally have a new manager for the first time in over 11 years. Enter Roberto Martinez, Wigan's FA Cup-winning, yet also relegated, Spaniard.
Martinez will undoubtedly need time to influence things at Goodison Park, and one key area he will look to make an instant impression will be the transfer market.
There are certainly similarities between his and David Moyes' recruitment process, with both managers familiar with limited resources and the need to target value for money.
James McCarthy and Victor Moses are examples of young, raw players who Martinez has brought in and developed, similar to the kind Moyes would have looked at for Everton.
With a bit of a reshuffle, it's possible the Toffees' new man could be afforded more of a budget than he's been used to at Wigan, especially if he opts to offload either Marouane Fellaini or Leighton Baines. But what kind of targets should Evertonians expect from their new manager?
Former protege: James McCarthy
James McCarthy is sure to be a heavily coveted player this summer. After impressing for Wigan, it's doubtful the 22-year-old will have to face a year playing second tier football in the Championship.
Where Everton may hold a slight advantage now is the fact that Martinez has been the one developing and nurturing McCarthy's game for the past four years at Wigan.
Flair from out wide: Wakaso Mubarak
Throughout Martinez's time at Wigan, he's continually deployed pace, flair and energy on his flanks. From Charles N'Zogbia, Victor Moses and Antonio Valencia in previous seasons to this year's pairing of Shaun Maloney and Callum McManaman.
The Spaniard will be delighted to find Kevin Mirallas waiting for him at Goosion Park, but Everton's other, wider options—such as Steven Pienaar—are more technicians than genuine explosive threats.
Martinez may prefer to use the likes of Pienaar in a more central berth and target players such as Espanyol's Wakaso Mubarak, among others, as a wide option.
Local lad: Callum McManaman
Following on with the Wigan theme, and indeed with Martinez's tendency to use flair, Callum McManaman is another one of the Latics' leading lights that may feel uneasy about the prospect of Championship football.
After catching fire during the closing stages of the season, McManaman seems likely to attract significant attention over the summer months.
The fact he's a former member of Everton's academy, as well as familiar with Martinez, makes it more likely he ends the summer returning to Goodison Park.
South American bargains: Marcos Rocha
Martinez is renowned for scouring the likes of South America and other less exposed regions, looking for bargains perhaps not on the wavelength of every football scout.
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Without financial backing this has been an essential aspect of his approach, and will continue to be so at Everton.
Atletico Mineiro's Marcos Rocha would be a typical kind of purchase, should he be plucked from Brazilian football for a decent price.
Physicality in the middle: Mohamed Diame
Despite his attacking reputation, Martinez has often used a physical presence at the heart of midfield, to mop up after his forwards—possibly something his side lacked last season.
A reason for that was the departure of Mohamed Diame to West Ham, who played this role for Wigan over the past three years.
After a fine season at the Hammers, could another one of his former players be on his radar this summer?
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