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Cuco Martina 15

Although Ronald Koeman and director of football Steve Walsh would embark on a record-breaking spending spree in the summer of 2017, there was still scope for picking up a free agent where one was available, which led the Dutch manager to a former player in the form of Rhu-endly Aurelio Jean-Carlo "Cuco" Martina.

The then 27-year-old, who was brought by Koeman to Southampton, signed a 3-year deal with the Blues in July 2017. Able to play at right full-back or centre-half, the Curaçao international promised to add depth and versatility to the back line as Everton look ahead to what they hope will be an extended European campaign alongside their domestic commitments.

“Cuco Martina is an experienced player who can perform in different positions at the back, which is important,” Koeman told evertonfc.com at the time. “It's also important, with the number of games we will face in the coming campaign, that we have strength and competition in the squad.

Martina started his career at Feyenoord and played in Holland under assistant manager Erwin Koeman at RKC Waalwijk before moving on the FC Twente.

Many felt that Martina's arrival would deny the chance for Jonjoe Kenny to progress into the senior squad, fears that were heightened by some shaky early outings at right back, but the player's versatility would come in handy in his first season with the club following a medium-term injury to Leighton Baines

The Rotterdam-born defender formed an important part of a defence that was realigned and re-settled by Koeman's replacement, Sam Allardyce, as Everton pulled away from the relegation zone and back into the top half of the table. 

Allardyce was relieved of his duties in May 2018 and succeeded by Marco Silva who, in concert with new Director of Football, Marcel Brands, began the process of trimming the fat from the bloated squad they inherited.

Martina picked up an injury after the second pre-season game that summer which didn't help his cause in trying to convince the new management team that he was worthy of a place in the side and, having been informed he was surplus to requirements, he made a season-long loan move to Stoke City in the Championship, joining club mate Ashley Williams at the bet365 Stadium.

That move was terminated early in January when Martina made a second loan move to Feyenoord where it was expected that he would make the transfer permanent in the summer of 2019. The Dutch side declined an option to buy him, however, leaving him back in limbo with a year remaining on his contract with the Blues.

 

 

FactFile

Squad number 15
Position Right-Back
Nationality Curaçao
Born Rotterdam
Date of birth 25 September 1989
Height 6'-1"  (1.85m)
Joined 17 July 2017
Joined from Southampton
Signed under Ronald Koeman
Transfer fee Free Agent
Contract duration 3 years
Contract expires June 2020
Full debut v Ruzomberok (H)
27 July 2017
Previous Clubs Southampton
Twente
Jong Twente
Waalwijk
Roosendaal
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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2017-18 15 20 (1) 0 7 (0) 0 27 (1) 0
2018-19 15 * 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
2019-20 15 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
  Totals 20 (1) 0 7 (0) 0 27 (1) 0
* On half-season loans at Stoke City, then Feyenoord

Loan Spells

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
2018-19 Stoke City 17 (0) 1 (0) 0 0
2018-19 Feyenoord 11 (0) 1 (0) 0 0

Previous Career

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
2011-13 RKC Waalwijk 51 (2) 4 (0) 1 0
2013-15 FC Twente 41 (7) 0 (0) 1 0
2015-17 Southampton 17 (7) 12 (0) 1 0



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