When Roberto Martinez took over as Everton manager in 2013 I must admit I was a bit sceptical. The main reason being, I didn’t think relegating your team was a prerequisite for top job as one of the managers for one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League.
However, with Everton not having the financial clout as some of the other richer, (not bigger), clubs that can now afford to bring any mercenary manager/player to their club. I accepted Bill Kenrwight’s decision and hoped Martinez would bring something to club. After all, I did enjoy watching Wigan’s passing style of play under Martinez in contrast to David Moyes’ direct style of play at Everton.
Who would’ve thought after one season, Everton would finish 5th in the league and enjoy a great looking passing and attacking style of play. I was overjoyed and thought to myself, finally Everton have got found themselves a great little manager and who knows, if they get a bit of money to spend we could be a regular in the top four, (especially with Manchester United having a terrible time under David Moyes). I really thought this would be the turning point for Everton and it would be a welcome return to the glory days of the eighties. How wrong I was.
Fair enough. I thought Lukaku was a great striker in the 2013/2014 Premier Season but £28,000,000? To me he was a one-dimensional player. A player who scored 16 goals from 30 appearances, (including all competitions), fair enough, He is a decent player but his dribbling, ball control and passing were terrible, (as we would see in the 2014/2015 season), certainly Lukaku is not worth that amount.
The 2014/2015 season was terrible for Everton. Especially for Lukaku, are most expensive player. Lukaku scored only a pitiful 10 times in the Premier League, with a further 2 goals in the FA Cup and 7 in the Europa Cup bringing his tally up to 19. This isn’t good enough. Everton need to purchase a minimum of one central defender, (two if John Stones decides to move to Chelsea), a decent goalkeeper and a striker if we are to fight for a top half finish.
Well the 2015/2016 Premier league is nearly upon us, and who knows what lies in store for Everton. Watch this space and see.
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