Manager looks to spend summer transfer surplus
Roberto Martinez will look to further strengthen his Everton squad in the January transfer window using the surplus of cash from his summer dealings.
Martinez has been busy in the market since succeeding David Moyes as manager, bringing in seven players for his debut campaign.
The centrepiece was the £13million – which could ultimately rise to £15m – handed to Wigan Athletic to make James McCarthy the second-most expensive player in Everton history.
However, the club were left in profit after raising more than £30m from the deadline-day sales of Marouane Fellaini and Victor Anichebe.
And Martinez believes he will be given access to the extra funds as he aims to bring in more fresh faces in the New Year amid fears Manchester United could return with a renewed bid for Leighton Baines.
“We’re in the position where we’ve got a bit of money to try to improve the squad for the next window and we’re going to do that from window to window,” said the Spaniard.
“We have to because I’m sure next time the question will be ‘who we are going to lose now’, so improving the squad goes without saying.
“We have got a little bit of money and will always carry on trying to identify targets that can help the group. That will never stop and it will be the same in the window coming.”
Martinez will use the coming months to run the rule over his squad before finalising any targets in January.
“It would be daft from our point of view not to try to help the team that we have,” said the Goodison manager.
“Of course we have a very strong team but you always need to be prepared to help the players that we have and use every window to our advantage.
“Over the next three or four months I’ll have a clear idea. At the moment on paper we’re very strong in every area but football doesn’t work like that.
“Players have moments of form, injuries, certain partnerships that allow you to have that information for the next window.”
Martinez will hope his team can bounce back from Tuesday’s Capital One Cup third round exit at Fulham that ended his unbeaten start as Everton manager.
The Goodison outfit are next in action on Monday night when they entertain Newcastle United in the Premier League.
McCarthy and on-loan Romelu Lukaku were both handed first starts for the club at Craven Cottage, while Darron Gibson made his long-awaited return to action having suffered a niggling knee problem during pre-season.
“Some of the players looked really sharp (at Fulham) and will benefit from it,” said Martinez. “They need to be playing games to be able to help the team.
“Darron Gibson has been a long time away injured so it was really important that he had some playing time.
“John Stones performed really, really well and Gerard Deulofeu showed flashes of the outstanding talent that he has.”
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