Roberto Martinez has said Everton have to sign new players this summer in order to build on the legacy left by David Moyes, BBC
Martinez was confirmed as Moyes’ successor on Wednesday, signing a four-year contract after agreeing his departure from Wigan Athletic. And the Spaniard indicated that he would go on a recruitment drive now he is in place at Goodison Park.
“We need to bring new signings, players who will develop that competition and give different options on the playing field,” Martinez said, adding: “We want to bring an extra dimension and competition for places.”
Everton last season used the fewest number of players of any Premier League side, and had the second-oldest squad in the division, behind only Fulham. But as well as identifying incoming transfers, Martinez has to deal with interest in his existing players – particularly Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini.
“When you are successful, and Everton were clearly every successful last season, you will always get interest in players from other football clubs,” Martinez said.
“It happens here, and in every football club in the land. We are not worried about that. We want the players to feel really appreciated. We need to invest and bring players in which will allow us to start this season with a stronger team than the one that ended the campaign.”
Martinez spent four years as Wigan manager, having previously been in charge at Swansea. He won the FA Cup in his final season with the Latics, beating Everton at Goodison Park in the quarter-finals, but could not prevent Wigan dropping out of the top flight and into the Championship.
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