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Everton Boss Confirms Club Are In The Hunt For New Stopper

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has confirmed that the Toffees are looking to bring a new goalkeeper to the club in January in the wake of the injury suffered by Tim Howard, as reported by the Daily Star.

The American international has been ruled out for the next five weeks after suffering a calf injury, meaning that the club are without a top class goalkeeper.

Tonight’s game against West Ham United in the FA Cup will see Martinez put his faith in Joel Robles again, but the ‘keeper has failed to impress during the opportunities that the Spanish manager has given him in the past.

While there are two young options available to him in the form of Jindrich Stanek and Russell Griffiths, Martinez does not want to throw either of them in, and believing his side to be short, he’s looking for a permanent, long-term addition.

It remains to be seen who that might be, although he does seem to have a few players in mind.

“Obviously Tim Howard is out for a while and we are a little bit exposed,” Martinez said.

“If we could bring in a goalkeeper it would be a long-term aspect.

“We need to be relying on experienced hands. There are a couple of options that could fit in well, but I won’t bring someone in for the sake of it.

“They need to fit in well with the way we want to play. I would rather make it as a long-term signing because we only have Tim and Joel.

“The other two young players have terrific potential but it wouldn’t be positive to put them in at the moment.”



Everton Boss Reveals Liverpool Psychological Fears

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has admitted that his side possess fears going into this weekend’s Merseyside derby against Liverpool, as reported by the Daily Star.

The Goodison Park club have an unfortunate record at the home of their biggest rivals, with the Toffees having not won against the Reds in the last 15 years.

It was hoped that Martinez’s appointment would change that fact, but Liverpool managed a staggering 4-0 win at Anfield last season, the heaviest loss Everton have suffered since their last win.

In fact, their last win at Anfield came on September 27, 1999, when they managed a 1-0 victory.

Tomorrow’s clash between the two sides falls on the same date, which could be a good omen for the blue half of Liverpool.

Martinez is hoping that could be a boon, but also said: “I think the psychology is a very important point because if you look at the stats, 15 years without a win at Anfield then it needs to be a bit more than football.

“It can’t always be a football reason why you haven’t won a game over that period.

“So I’ll accept that, but I think the psychology of the group, we are ready to go anywhere.

“I’m not highlighting Anfield as a place we don’t look forward to.

“I think the mentality of the group is to go anywhere and focus on our performance.

“Will be it be a difficult game? Of course.


“They are in a position where they need to perform well at home and get points, but I don’t see that psychologically we are not ready to go to Anfield and be ourselves.

“But if you look back over the last 15 years, there could be a question mark, it’s more than football issues that are in a football game to dictate the scoreline.”


Last season’s win was the inspiration behind Liverpool’s unlikely charge to second place, with the Anfield club also challenging for the title.

Everton narrowly missed out on the Champions League places in the last weeks of the season.

Everton Boss Targets European Glory

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has targeted European glory in the Europa League this season, despite the majority of managers in the Premier League regarding it as nothing more than a nuisance in the footballing calendar, as reported by the Daily Mail.

Martinez, however, is excited about the idea of taking Everton into European football, and feels as though his squad is now strong enough to allow them to compete across the competitions his side will take part in this season.

Thursday night’s clash with Wolfsburg at Goodison Park is the first time that Everton have played in Europe since December 2009, and Martinez sees this as the first step to the club firmly establishing themselves as a fixture in Europe going forward.

He also feels as though the club should be targeting victory in the competition, and hopes that his side will emerge from the tournament with the trophy at the end of the campaign.

Martinez said: “It is an exciting game for us. Coming back to European competition is what we want and what we worked extremely hard for last season. Everyone is excited at Goodison.

“It is 52 years the first time we were involved in European competition so that shows you the history and how important it is for Everton be in European competitions again, and we are looking forward to it.

“We have seven games in three weeks but the squad is big enough. The academy and the younger players we produce at the club are ready to help the team. It is something that we embrace.

“It’s not an excuse to have seven games in such a short period of time. What we want is to be as good as we can, every time we’re on the pitch and the more competitions we can be involved in, the better.”