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Why Roberto Martinez Will Continue Success at Everton in 2014-15

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Manager Roberto Martinez of Everton talks during the Pre Season Friendly between Tranmere Rovers and Everton at Prenton Park on July 22, 2014 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)
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Matt CheethamCorrespondent IJuly 23, 2014

Romelu Lukaku, gone; Gerard Deulofeu, gone; no new signings; a glaring lack of strikers and under four weeks to go until the start of the new season.

Last year, a similar scenario would have left Evertonians in uproar over the coming campaign.

Under Roberto Martinez, however, things are a little calmer.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 03:  Manager Roberto Martinez of Everton waves to the fans with his daughter at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park on May 3, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Cli
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Sure, supporters would appreciate imminent news of a striker signing, but the Catalan's initial success has created a certain degree of trust around the club.

There's an overriding sense of excitement in their new manager's project—and for good reason.

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In his first season on Merseyside, Martinez steered Everton to more points (72), wins (21) and successive wins (seven) since 1987, the last time they won the title.

The Toffees were more competitive in the race for the Champions League since 2005, the last time they finished in the top four; they even occupied a Champions League spot with just five games remaining.

A tally of 72 points was seven better than any other Premier League campaign and the highest total of any English side to miss out on the Champions League.

When all of that's fully digested, it's hard not to be enthusiastic about Martinez's charge.

Everton have previously been run in a very reactive way. A method that can certainly achieve success, but is less likely to challenge the elite and makes it harder to progress as a unit.

Under Martinez, however, Everton are far more adventurous. With the Catalan's idealistic views and clear, progressive approach, there's a genuine sense that he's starting a journey.

HULL, ENGLAND - MAY 11:   Everton fans celebrate at the final whistle during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Everton at KC Stadium on May 11, 2014 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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What's more, last season was merely the beginning. From now on, everything is a continuation of what's previously brought success.

It must also be remembered that his inaugural campaign was played while conducting a radical shift of style.

With another year's experience, Everton's squad will be far better exponents of their possession approach, implementing it better and maximising its strengths.

Of course, it's essential Martinez does recruit his striker, and a marquee one at that, but the new television deal and a deliberate lack of January deals will provide him the ammunition to do so.

Once that spot is filled, he's working from the exact same canvas as last season, but with a squad that's far more familiar with his style.

He also has one of the best academies in England to supplement his side, and with prospects such as Ross Barkley and John Stones a year further along, many young players can take their game to another level.

It's easy to lose the bigger picture during the summer. Rivals splash the cash and the lack of insight into transfers can easily cause anxiety.

By his success so far, however, Martinez has earned the right to be trusted. Once he finds his striker, the Toffees have every reason to be optimistic of another memorable year under the Catalan.

 

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