7 Things Roberto Martinez Does Better Than David Moyes
Roberto Martinez has achieved instant success at Everton, regardless of how his first season finishes.
He has secured his new club's best-ever Premier League points tally and highest since 1988, along with the most successive wins since 1987—and there are still four games to play.
Despite his short time in charge, Martinez has already surpassed many of David Moyes' accomplishments during his 11-year tenure.
So how exactly has this happened?
Moyes did an excellent job at Everton and laid several key foundations for his successor, but there's also a lot that comes down to the Catalan.
Here's a look at those areas where Martinez has done better than Moyes at Everton.
Implement a Progressive Style
One key difference is the differing philosophies of both managers.
Moyes is a reactive pragmatist—a manager who would be focused on the other team, often tweaking different tactics each week.
In contrast, Martinez has a progressive, almost idealistic approach to the game. He will identify weaknesses but will ultimately maintain his possession-absorbing approach and continually look to develop it.
The Catalan's approach makes his time at the club far more of a journey. Every transfer window will see players targeted to fit in with his system.
In the long run, the Toffees now have an end goal—a final vision—while most of Moyes' plans were temporary measures compiled simply for their next opponents.
Both systems can be successful, but—crucially—Martinez's style has become the more successful and the better suited to Everton's players.
Revel in Favouritism
A key change this season has been Martinez's willingness to champion his side's credentials.
He is happy to be seen as favourites and has instilled that almost arrogant mentality into his squad.
Again, there's no clear reason for one approach being better, but Martinez's ambition has been welcomed by fans and it suits his new side.
Trust in Youth
Any belief that Moyes had a successful record at nurturing and bringing through academy products is largely exaggerated.
True, the likes of Jack Rodwell, Wayne Rooney and one or two others emerged to play in his starting XIs, but Moyes was there for 11 years.
Ross Barkley was an unused substitute for the best part of a season, often ignored even with a game won, while the likes of an on-loan James McFadden would come off the bench instead.
Countless others seemed to be passed over, rarely even given a loan spell to prove themselves.
Kevin Sheedy is an academy coach at the Toffees and his recent outburst on Twitter, as reported by BBC Sport, is perhaps an insight into Moyes' methods.
Martinez has been the polar opposite. Suddenly, Barkley is a key player for the club. John Stones, Gerard Deulofeu, James McCarthy and Romelu Lukaku are other young players playing significant roles.
Importantly, Martinez is also far more willing to find first-team action for his academy, loaning out 10 players during his first season compared to just a handful during Moyes' final year.
In the long term, this is a far better attitude for a generally cash-strapped club.
Manipulate Form from Key Players
Moyes' selections were often quite rigid at Everton.
Many could anticipate his line-up each week, and there were rarely any surprises regarding shape or style.
While certain members of Martinez's side remain constant—Gareth Barry and James McCarthy, for instance—the Catalan has found a way to maintain top form from his key attackers.
With his typical 4-2-3-1 formation, Martinez has several options for his trio behind the striker.
Any combination of Kevin Mirallas, Gerard Deulofeu, Ross Barkley, Leon Osman, Aiden McGeady, Steven Pienaar and Steven Naismith can feature.
This uncertainly has left each attacker practically chomping at the bit during the game time they receive. A poor performance would leave them right down the pecking order for the next few matches.
Whereas Moyes would often name numerous unchanged XIs, Martinez's line-ups are unpredictable, which has kept his explosive attackers in top form all season.
Make Better Use of His Substitutes
On the field, Martinez has become renowned for making key introductions from the bench.
This follows on from the previous slide in the way his attacking players realise they have an important role to play even if they begin a game on the bench.
The goals scored by substitutes emphasise this point further.
Fourteen of Everton's 75 goals this season—almost 19 percent—have come from a player starting on the bench.
In Moyes' final season, four of 73 goals—just under 6 percent—came from a substitute.
Be Proactive in the Transfer Market
Moyes was often renowned for waiting—or dithering—until the final hours of a transfer window before making a move.
Everton rarely have the resources to buy big without first offloading, and Moyes would also favour keeping hold of his key players over freshening up the squad.
In his two transfer windows at the club, Martinez's methods have been completely different.
He has been willing to part with previous first-team players in Marouane Fellaini, Victor Anichebe, Nikica Jelavic and John Heitinga in order to bring in his own players.
The arrivals of James McCarthy, Gareth Barry, Romelu Lukaku, Gerard Deulofeu and one or two others have added a fresh feel to the Toffees this season.
Martinez also completed a large chunk of his business early, which is key to starting the season with momentum—something Moyes often struggled to do.
Finally, and most importantly, Martinez has won more games than Moyes.
Wins have felt less of a grind under the Catalan and have also seemed more of a habit—perhaps aided by his progressive approach.
As well as setting marks for the most points and successive victories, Everton have already matched their best win tally in a season during the Premier League era (19), with four games still to go.
Following on from the points in every slide, the Toffees have become a far more productive unit under Martinez.
His Premier League win percentage currently stands at an impressive 56 percent at Everton, surpassing Moyes' respectable return of 41 percent.
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